Summer Pest Inspections: Treating Bites and Stings
During summer, our gardens are a haven for pests and creepy crawlies.
This is why it is so important to remain vigilant and cautious, so as not to disturb their nests when lounging in the sun or doing a spot of gardening.
Unfortunately, sometimes bites and stings do occur, but knowing how to treat them is half the battle.
Of course, we should take care to avoid getting bitten or stung at all costs.
For example, we should call in pest exterminators where possible if we spot a nest, and we should stop ourselves flapping around when a wasp flies by too.
But bites and stings aren’t always avoidable.
So, if you have been bitten or stung, read on to see how to treat them effectively.
Bites and Stings
With stings, you need to take care in case the stinger of an insect has been left in your skin.
If so, gently and carefully pluck it out using tweezers, after sanitising the area with soap and water.
There tends to be a basic treatment that covers both of these injuries though, which is as follows:
- Disinfect the affected area using soapy water
- To minimise swelling, remember to pop an ice pack on the wound. If you don’t have access to an ice pack, a cold face cloth will suffice
- Avoid picking at the area in case of infection
If, however, the swelling or sensation is particularly bad, painkillers can be consumed.
With a bite or sting, you need to be extremely careful, as some people can suffer an allergic reaction, which can be fatal.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include a rash, difficulty breathing, swallowing, and itching away from the wound (so any other part of the body that was not affected).
Cases like these should be treated as an emergency, and medical assistance is vital.
If you haven’t been stung, but you’ve noticed a large volume of insects in your garden, it could be the sign of a nest.
If you suspect you may have an insect nest or if you’ve seen it yourself, do not hesitate to get in touch with Pest Control London today.
We can provide advice, support and pest control to residents in London.