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If the weather requires wearing shorts, be sure to spray your bare skin regularly to repel biting insects.

For every pound of human on the planet there are nearly 300 pounds of insects – that’s a lot of bugs!

Insects are just about everywhere, and they can truly bug you when you’re deep in the backwoods or having a picnic in your backyard. From mildly annoying to stress-inducing and irritating, the buzzing and biting of flies, mosquitoes and the stinging from bees can make any situation, survival or otherwise, much worse. Insects can also bring to you more than just an uncomfortable time outside. They can carry and transmit serious diseases, cause respiratory and other medical issues to those allergic and in many areas throughout the world, be the number one cause of death.

The key to battling these tiny attackers of your tender skin is to be prepared far before you find yourself under their nonstop barrage. From spray repellents and lotions to help you taste bad, to physical means of blocking them from entering your working or sleeping space, to electronic means to allow science to lend a hand, knowing how to stop these creepy crawlies will bring you some much-needed peace to your outdoor life.


Insect bites, aside from the obvious irritating itching, can do far more damage medically than you may think. Their harmful effects fall into two general categories, one being the effects caused by the bite itself, and the second would be the symptoms caused by the disease transmitted to a person by the insect. Both can be serious, severe and even lifethreatening. Basic symptoms from a bite include redness, blistering, swelling around the area and, of course, constant itching. If a person scratches persistently, they can bleed and the site can possibly become infected. A simple topical antibiotic usually clears up the infection within a few days.

More extreme medical conditions resulting from the bite from an insect or a venomous spider include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and respiratory problems. If a person is allergic to bees or the venom from ants, anaphylaxis could occur. The formation of hives, shortness of breath or wheezing is a harbinger of worse symptoms to the allergic victim. These are often followed by unconsciousness and death, which can occur rapidly, sometimes within a half-hour.

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