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Summer Stings

September 4th, 2015

Summer Stings

The Fire Marshal said that summer months always bring out the stinging and biting insects in droves. Two of the most common stinging critters are bees and scorpions. They don’t bite and sometimes you don’t have to provoke them to have them sting you. They just do!

Unlike the bee, the scorpion’s stinger will stay intact giving it the ability to strike repeatedly. Keeping scorpions out of your home is the first way to avoid being stung. Not poking at them or trying to pick them up is the second. An angry scorpion shouldn’t be messed with. Scorpion venom is slow to spread but will go in every direction. The pain will usually last anywhere from 36 to about 48 hours.

Bees will lose their stinger once they sting. It is usually left in your skin as a reminder of what just transpired. The good news is they are unable to sting you again. The best way to remove a bee stinger is to use a flat object and scrape it out. If you use tweezers you can release the venom that is left in the stinger itself.

It’s been said that a fine mist of mouthwash in a spray bottle will help keep the mosquitoes away.

Educating yourself on allergic reactions, first aid and CPR can help greatly. For more information on bees, scorpions and mosquitoes click here

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