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Stinging Insects

Bites and stings happen. The stings and bites from most insects are more often a nuisance than a serious problem. Most insect bites and stings are mild and can be treated at home. However, a person’s response to a bite or sting depends on his or her sensitivity to the insect’s venom. In some people, stings from bees, yellow jackets, wasps and hornets might cause a severe allergic reaction.

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Prevention Tips

  • Wear light-colored shirts and pants.
  • Use insect repellents. See our insect repellent page for safe usage tips!
  • Do not swat at stinging insects and leave nests alone.
  • Avoid using scented soaps, perfumes, lotions or hair sprays.
  • Do not walk around barefoot.
  • Pour sodas and other drinks into cups. Most stings in the mouth come from a wasp or bee that crawled inside a can. Drinking from a cup will allow you to see the wasp or bee.
  • Don’t leave food containers open.
  • Wear a hat and gloves while working among flowers and fruit trees.
  • If you are known to have allergic reactions, keep an EpiPen® on hand and know how to use it.

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