7 Ways to Protect yourself from Biting Insects in Nashville

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The West Nile virus first came to the United States in 1999 and has lingered in this country ever since. Transmitted primarily through mosquito bites, West Nile is now considered endemic in North America, meaning it occurs regularly in our region of the world. Most people don’t worry about West Nile, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Now, West Nile might be making a comeback in middle Tennessee. In April, the virus was detected in a horse in Smith County. So today on the blog, we share how to protect yourself from biting insects in Nashville.

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of insect bites

Tip 1: Use a bug repellent

You can find all kinds of these products in stores. Make sure you use a repellent that does not cause skin irritation. Different people react differently to these products, so you may need to get a few different repellents compatible with each member of your family.

Tip 2: Cover up

The less exposed skin, the less area that a biting insect can target. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are the best bet to avoid bites, even in the heat of summer. Spray the repellent on clothes as well for an extra layer of protection against biting insects.

Tip 3: Stay fragrance-free

Bugs are attracted to sweet things—food, liquids, and smells. Perfume, lotion, shampoo, or soap that has a sweet scent can draw unwanted attention from insects.

Tip 4: Stay inside during dawn and dusk

Mosquitoes remain active throughout the day. Many other varieties of biting insects become more active at dawn and dusk. You may want to avoid being outside during these times of the day.

Tip 5: Don’t mix bug spray with sunscreen

Sunscreen needs to be applied every few hours. Mixing sunscreen with bug repellent can compromise the effectiveness of both solutions.

Tip 6: Shoes, not sandals

We understand that the warmth and sunshine of summertime have you eager to show off that new pedicure, but biting bugs can target your feet as easily as any other exposed part of the body. Stick with shoes that cover the entire foot for maximum protection.

Tip 7: Remove areas of standing water

Rainwater can pool in any low areas of your backyard or garden. This standing water can become a hang-out for mosquitoes. Get rid of any standing water before biting bugs can multiply.

How should I treat an insect bite?

Even with diligent prevention, an insect bite can happen, especially during the height of summer.

Just follow this guide

  • First, clean the area. If the insect is still attached, like a tick, remove the insect with a pair of tweezers.
  • Next, apply a cold compress—either a cloth that has been soaked with cold water or an ice pack—for a minimum of 10 minutes. If the bite is on an arm or leg and causing you pain, elevate the limb.
  • Next, treat any symptoms that emerge. An over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or Ibuprofen will reduce pain and inflammation if the bite is hurting. If you’re experiencing itching, hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion are both good remedies. You may want to combine one of those topicals with an antihistamine, such as Benadryl.

Throughout treatment, you will want to be aware of the symptoms that this bite or sting is more serious.

Seek emergency medical care as soon as possible if you or the person bitten experiences any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling in the eyes, lips, or the area where the bite occurred
  • Dizziness, feeling faint, or confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sudden onset of nausea or cramps

Mosquito Control in Nashville and Murfreesboro

The pest control services offered at Ameri Care Services treat all varieties of common household pests, including mosquitoes. We offer customized treatments for your home, administered by experienced and highly-trained technicians. To find out more, give us a call at (615) 893-7111 to schedule your consultation today.