With the arrival of summer, we have to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It is indeed the opportunity to invest the gardens to share meals and convivial moments. And then there are the holidays, where many of us will take the opportunity to reach the countryside, the sea or the mountains and indulge in a multitude of outdoor activities. Summer is also synonymous with the return of a large number of insects that we will have to cross the path. Mosquitoes, wasps, hornets, chiggers, horseflies, the risks of being bitten are very real and it can quickly spoil the party when we are simply looking to enjoy the pleasures of being outside. While many bites are benign, they can, on the other hand, be much more serious in the event of an allergy. VS’ This is why to make the most of summer and nature’s corners, it is advisable to follow a few recommendations and to always have a small first aid kit with you. Pharmacy that will contain several basic products, as well as the mini-pump Aspivenin !
Why do we get stung?
Insect bites are unfortunately part of those little worries that we have to encounter in summer. But in fact, why do insects bite us? There are actually various reasons for this, and it depends on the bugs. For example, in mosquitoes and horseflies, females need blood for food and reproduction. They can attack certain animals for this, but they also appreciate human blood.
For other insects, such as the wasp, the bee, the Asian hornet or even the red ant, the sting is used for self-defense. That is, when we leave them alone and run away from them, the risk of bites is minimal. Be careful, however, when approaching them, they will quickly feel threatened, and therefore sting. It’s exactly the same for the spider, an animal hated by many of us, its bite is used for self-defense. We must immediately get rid of a large number of preconceived ideas on the subject. In no case would a spider come to attack humans, it even prefers to flee from them. This does not prevent the possibility of being in contact with them and being bitten.
When do you get bitten?
As we have seen, some insects bite to defend themselves. The ideal way to avoid stings from wasps, bees, hornets or even red ants, is to avoid going out to meet them and tickle them. Just as when you spot a wasp or hornet nest, you should never go up close, out of curiosity, and even less try to remove the nest yourself. The risk is that several insects attack, and the multiplication of bites can be dangerous for human health.
If we take the risk of being bitten by insects in summer, it is also because we will spend a lot of time outdoors, eating, drinking and sitting in the grass or by the sea. water. Many insects are drawn to sugary drinks, alcohol, and food. We inevitably have in mind these meals and picnics to hunt wasps.
You should therefore be careful when drinking outside, but also always cover food containers and garbage cans tightly. Likewise, it is recommended to avoid overly sweet scents when planning to spend time outdoors. Without forgetting to wear bright clothes, closed shoes and to cover arms and legs when you decide to go hiking in nature for example.
What insects can you get bitten by?
There are a multitude of insects that can bite us in summer. But we must mention one which has been increasingly present in Europe for two years and which is also particularly dangerous: the Asian hornet. Seen in France for the first time in 2004 in Lot-et-Garonne, it has since become acclimatized and colonized the entire territory as well as a good number of neighboring European states. If the Asian hornet is of concern for its impact on beekeeping and biodiversity, it indeed feeds on insects and ripe fruits, it should be noted that it is also dangerous for humans. A few bites are indeed sufficient to cause hospitalization, respiratory shock, angioedema, anaphylactic shock, or even death! The Asian hornet is especially dangerous when
It should also be noted that the problem with the Asian hornet is that it does not lose its sting at the first bite, and can therefore repeat its gesture several times. Its stinger can also penetrate thick fabrics, such as rubber boots. Hence the need to be very vigilant, not to approach them and when you spot a nest, to contact the town hall of your municipality in order to be directed to an appropriate organization.
These other insects and animals that we meet in summer
We focused on the Asian hornet and its particular dangerousness, but let’s not forget that in summer we will come across many other insects and animals that are nevertheless the cause of a sting or a bite. Mosquitoes are therefore numerous, especially near water. We will also come across wasps, bumblebees, bees, horseflies, spiders and red ants in the grass. For these insects and animals Aspivenin can be used. The mini-pump will indeed suck the venom, relieve pain and itching, as well as limit the formation of edema.
It remains to mention the snakes. In Europe, only the viper is dangerous. If deaths remain rare, the reflex to systematically have in the event of a bite is to dial 15 or 18 to call for