Practical advice on how to avoid/alleviate insect bites and stings and the effects nasty plants
Anthisan’s top ten tips to give yourself the best chance of avoiding being bitten or stung:
Try to keep calm when wasps, hornets or bees are nearby and do not wave your arms around or try to swat at them.
When outside, particularly at sunrise or sunset, wear clothes that cover your skin such as long sleeves and trousers.
Wearing shoes when outdoors means your feet are less likely to get stung or bitten.
An insect zapper will attract and eliminate these troublesome biting pests.
Try not to use products with strong perfumes such as soaps, shampoos and deodorants, as they can attract insects.
Stay away from flowering plants, places where food is served outside, rubbish and compost areas. Take care to regularly remove any fallen fruit in your garden, and ensure lids on any dustbins fit well.
Never disturb insect nests. If you have a nest nearby or in your home you should arrange to have it removed (see the UK Government website’s section on pest control services for information about how your local council can help).
Mosquitoes and horseflies are often found near water, such as ponds and swamps. Avoid camping in areas near to water.
Cover food and drink when eating or drinking outside. Open drink bottles or cans can also become targets for insects.
Doors and windows should be kept closed or, if open, have netting or door beads to prevent insects getting inside. Also, keep the windows of your car closed to stop insects from getting a free ride.