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How to prevent and treat insect bites

Updated on October 1, 2012

This article contains pointers, way or tips to treat or prevent insect bites.

Kids love to play outdoors but sometimes dangers lurks, or in plain words your kids are not safe since they are exposed to various bugs that can be harmful. Insect bites when inflicted to your kids’ skin will certainly create pain and might lead to ailments.



Social insects and like butterflies play a vital role in the pollination, fertilization and production of seeds, without these wonderful creatures we may not reap fruits and vegetables.

Bees are not known humans especially when they are not threatened. Hit one of them and for sure a swarm of bees will unleash their ire on you as retaliation. A hurt or killed bee emits chemicals that other bees will sense. It is wise to leave bees alone especially the killer bees.

How to prevent bee stings?

Bees are attracted to nectar and everything that is sweet. If your kids smells as good as a flower, they will certainly get attracted. Furthermore, bees tend to get attracted to bright, flowery clothing and rough fabric.

To avoid getting stung by bees, wasps, hornets and honeybees, don’t create unnecessary noise, don’t wave your hands on them or shoo them away.

How to treat a bee sting and anaphylactic shock? What is anaphylaxis?

Remove the stinger by scraping it off with a sturdy ID, credit card or the likes. Avoid pulling the stinger for you will squeeze the venom even further in the affected area. Immediately put an ice to prevent or stop the swelling. Bee stings can cause pain, swelling, redness and sometimes itching.

A bee sting may cause anaphylaxis, a reaction that can be severe and potentially life threatening. If the person got stung is allergic to bee sting, bring him to the doctor immediately for treatment of anaphylactic shock. Symptoms of anaphylaxis are sharp drop in blood pressure, hives and difficulty in breathing.



These little creatures are aggressive bloodsuckers, aside from their annoying and scratchy bites, they can bring with them diseases and capable of transmitting dengue and malaria. Mosquito’s saliva can prevent blood clotting and produces immune response that makes them often unnoticed by its host. The bites can cause swelling, redness and itching of the skin.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites:

Wear protective clothing, apply insect repellent or use mosquito net while sleeping at nigh time. Get rid of stagnant water, mosquitoes especially that who carries dengue loves to lay their eggs here. Spray areas where they congregate Spots on your backyard that is nearby to wet areas may need more serious pest control.


Cockroaches are fond of warm and moist habitation. A nocturnal insect, cockroach thrives and hunts at nighttime to prevent getting stalked or killed by predators including humans.  Cockroaches can cause diseases like dysentery, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis and gastroenteritis.

How to Prevent Cockroaches Bites?

The best way to discourage these insects from inhabiting and reproducing in your home is to keep proper sanitation in your home. Keep utensils clean at all times. Don’t bring food inside bedroom. Any leftover food will attract these insects in to your sleeping areas, where they can bite you and/or your kids whilst sleeping.


How to treat Cockroaches Bites?

A cockroach bite may cause pain and swelling. To cure he affected area; wash with soap and water. Refrain from scratching the spot bite. Place ice for at least 10 minutes to minimize swelling.

One of the world's most dreaded spider - the black widow
One of the world's most dreaded spider - the black widow


Not an insect, but an arachnid spiders are truly beneficial to humans since they love to trap mosquitoes and other nuisance insects with their sticky webs which they wraps and store as a snack or meal.

Almost all spiders are packed with venoms but not all strong enough to cause dangers to humans. However there are two species of spiders, the black widow and the brown recluse spider have enough venom that can be lethal to humans.

The symptoms of spider bites:

The signs of poisonous spider bite may manifest swelling and redness.

If the victim of a spider bite may show signs of nausea, muscle cramps, vomiting, print pains, chills, fever and difficulty in breathing seek immediately medical treatment.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Lots of great information on your hub! Thanks for sharing... voted useful and interesting and UP.

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      weseppers 6 years ago

      WOw, Thanks for more information, I am glad to visit this page.

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      Romano Arnesto 7 years ago from Philippines

      There's this ouch therapy spreading on HubPages. They say antbites and bee sting can cure some terminal diseases and physical discomfort. Thanks for this hub, too!

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @HP thanks for the visit

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @herb thanks a lot for the visit...

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      electricsky 7 years ago from North Georgia

      Thanks for the article and information.

      Plus a natural deterrent is "pepper". Pepper flakes get rid of insects, and I have heard "basil" is another spice they don't like. Sprinkle a few flakes on windowsills or wherever they congregate; bases, at floor/wall junctions or bathrooms or anywhere the insects invade your home. It looks tacky, but the insects get the hint.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Goodness, I did not know injured bees exuded a chemical - I thought they must 'signal' someway, but this was interesting to know. And I did not know cockroaches could bite. Are you speaking mainly of the BIG ones?

      Perhaps you would be interested in my hub for natural repellent and electrical 'healing' help for bites. Glad to become your fan now! Thanks for sharing here.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks GH! As usual you are most informative in your hubs..., always happy to read your work.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your useful and helpful tips. I never knew that cockroaches bite. As they say, you never learn out.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Insects look dangerous.Useful hub.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I feel very creepy crawly right oh...and I had no idea that cockroaches bite? Very interesting!

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      thanks a lot Mam for he visit!

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      This is a very good hub . Thank you for the information