• What's Bugging you? First Aid for Bites and Stings

    Insects Abound in Spring

    It's a fact, insects are everywhere, biting, stinging, and causing general malaise.

    They can be wickedly dangerous to humans, but they serve a vital purpose in our ecosystem.

    Protect yourself with good Insect Repellent, but remember that most people think about applying repellent AFTER they've been bitten or stung, so stock up on Sting Relief Products, too!

    First Aid for Bites and Stings

    insectrepellents-animated[1]General care of bites and stings:

    • Immediately wash the bite or sting with soap and water if available, or use antiseptic wipes if soap and water are not available.
    • Put an ice pack on the affected area with a cloth barrier between the ice and skin. If treating a bee sting, remove the stinger first (see below).
    • Never attempt to suck out any venom or poison with your mouth!
    • Never apply a tourniquet.
    • Do not use folk remedies or unproven treatments to care for the casualty.
    • Do not give the casualty caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or aspirin.

    Bee Stings

    • Remove the stinger carefully using a scraping motion. Use a credit card, finger nail or other dull edge to take out the stinger without squeezing the venom sac.
    • Do not use tweezers to remove the stinger. Tweezers could squeeze the venom from the sac into the skin.
    • If the casualty has difficulty breathing and/or swelling of lips, face or neck area, call 9-1-1 or activate EMS immediately! If the casualty has an EPI-pen, help them self-administer the injection (if trained to do so).

    Spider Bites

    Most spider bites are not harmful and few of those which are harmful are truly dangerous or life-threatening to humans. In North America, the Black Widow (characterized by a black, shiny body with a red hour glass figure on its underside) and Brown Recluse (characterized by a dark brown, violin-shaped marking on the top portion of its body) spiders can be dangerous and may be deadly to some humans. These bites will most likely require medical attention.

    • Keep the casualty calm and immobilize the bitten area. Keep the bitten area lower than the heart.
    • Wash the bite with soap and running water.
    • Seek medical attention if the bite is thought to have come from a Black Widow or Brown Recluse. Call 9-1-1 immediately if the casualty has trouble breathing, severe pain, muscle cramps, vomiting or loses consciousness.

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  • What is DEET? Is it Safe?

    Is DEET bad? No - it's actually a very effective insect repellent (also spelled insect repellant accurately, in  case you were wondering) and the environmental impact and safety concerns are mostly urban legend and FAR outweighed by the efficacy and heath benefits (you don't want Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus, do you?)

    Environmental Working Group’s science review concluded that although DEET certainly isn’t perfect, its safety profile is actually better than a lot of people think. Given that DEET is highly effective, reasonably safe and has been used billions of times, we concluded that it’s a reasonable choice when you need a repellent that really works.

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    Why Use Repellents? ( Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products )

    Bites from mosquitoes and other insects, as well as ticks (which officially are arthropods, not insects), are more than just annoying. They can lead to lasting health issues and can even result in death. Through proper use of DEET-based repellents, you and your loved ones can enjoy outdoor activities more comfortably. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll help reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease, West Nile virus and a host of other serious illnesses spread by these pests.

    West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is less common than Lyme disease but can be significantly more dangerous.

    Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can be annoying. But, being bothersome is a minor issue when compared to the serious diseases they can transmit. Here in the United States, the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, spread by the deer tick.

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    West Nile Virus Cases Reported by the CDC

    WNV Neurological Disease

    WNV Fever

    WNV Fatalities




    Many WN fever and other cases are unreported

    West Nile Virus (WNV) is found through out the continental United States and in all Canadian Provinces. The most serious form of the disease is neurological and results in encephalitis and meningitis, both infections that cause serious, sometimes deadly, brain inflammation. Survivors often have lingering symptoms including paralysis, blindness, and memory problems. WNV fever is less serious, but its victims can be sick for many months before recovering. The CDC reports that those with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk than the general population for contracting the more serious forms of WNV. Those older than 50 are also at greater risk, but the disease can afflict individuals of all ages and in 2007 victims ranged in age from 3 months to 90 years of age.

    • N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated DEET, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents.
    • Formula: C12H17NO
    • IUPAC ID: N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide
    • Melting point: -49°F (-45°C)
    • Boiling point: 550.4°F (288°C)
    • Molar mass: 191.27 g/mol
    • Density: 998.00 kg/m³
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    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent!
    Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more. See Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products

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