Insect bites during hiking – How to prevent them?

Hiking is not just about pleasant walks down scenic trails; there is more to it than just pleasurable moments. Hiking memories may bring into the mind utter moments of pains due to stings of bees or insect bites. The article is sort of a warning to guard you against such painful situations by suggesting possible dangers and their remedies.

Protection against insects

Ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, and bees are apparently the most inviting enemies for hikers. These may be avoided by resorting to a few general precautions. The period between late fall to early spring is certainly good for hiking as insects don’t seem to bother much.

Lightweight full sleeved shirts and pants in light colors ensure protection against ticks and mosquito. Light colors also make it easy for you to detect the presence of insects on them.

To check the entry of insects into your dresses tuck your pants into your socks. Also, use an insect screen hat, it protects both your hair against the entry of insects as well as guards you from the intense rays of the sun. Jackets and bodysuits also serve a similar purpose while contributing to your looks.

Staying away from tall grass, low-hanging branches and bushes lower the possibility of tick bites. Avoid putting on colorful clothes to keep off from bees. In case bees bother you do not dare to attack them, instead move away from the place.

Hiking during the daytime saves you from the bites of mosquitoes and other creepy insects that grow active in the dark after sunset. Dry, sunny days are better than damp, cloudy days.

While insect repellents containing DEET help in warding off insects, pre-treated clothes and Permethrin spays also offers protection against insect bites.

Since spiders love to inhabit in dark restricted corners, avoid such places and spider webs to keep off from spider bites.

Look down before sitting or leaning against some tree trunk. Make sure to shake off clothes before putting them on. Also, limit the use of strong smelly perfumes or eating aromatic food to avoid attracting insects. Also, make sure to store food or garbage in sealed packs.

Stay away from camping close to the water source since mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and light citronella candles for extra caution.

Also, remember to take a shower after hiking.

Treatments to sooth pain

In case you have already been bitten by some insect, precautions won’t help you much. You have already come past that stage and all you need now is to soothe your pain and avoid the occurrence of greater diseases.

On being bitten by ticks or stung by bees, you need to first remove any remains of the insect from your body using a pair of tweezers or scrapping your skin with a razor blade, scalpel or sterilized needle. Then, wipe the area with some antiseptic to prevent the spread of disease.

Since mosquito bites tend to generate itching, avoid doing so as it facilitates greater trouble. Instead, wash the area using soap water. Anti-itch sticks and medicines like Calamine lotion works great.

Spider bites though uncommon are dangerous and may even prove to be fatal sometimes. Thus it is better to identify the spider and resort to a doctor after washing with soap water and soothing the wound with ice packs.

When stung by a bee, try to stay calm and avoid itching to check the spread of disease. Antihistamines and chilled water could be used for temporary relief. Allergic patients should try and get medical aid at the earliest.

These are certain tips that shall prove beneficial when you are outdoors on a hiking expedition.

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