Venom

The biggest worry people have about having creepy crawlers in their house is getting bitten. while sometimes people just fear their presence, the way they look, or the damage to their food or home. the main concern is getting bitten by these pests. that is why the least popular creatures that invade a home are spiders and (depending on the area) scorpions. Some people don’t like cockroaches because of how gross they look, others dislike ants because of how they scourge food. Spiders and scorpions easily top both of those and it’s for one reason, they can bite and sting. Ants can bite too, but the difference between those little guys versus spiders and scorpions are the affects of the bite. Scorpions and spiders have a bit of a unique quality that differs from other pests, venom.

To be fair, ants, bees and a few other insects do have venom, however that venom does not have the same impact on our body that scorpion and spider venom do. We have an inherent fear of spiders because of the horror stores we have heard about the notorious Black Widow and Brown Recluse. These two spiders carry a venom that can potentially be deadly, so we tend to put that venomous umbrella over all types of spiders.  Scorpions carry a similar amount of clout compared to spiders, and this is often attributed to movies in which we see the effects of the Emperor Scorpion and other dangerous scorpions, we have a fear of what could happen.

 

 

 

 

Black Widow

 

A surprising aspect of venom, is the effect that it has on our bodies when we are bitten or stung. When you are bitten by a black widow the effects usually happen after about 20-60 minutes. After being bitten the venom will travel throughout your body and you will begin to feel pain at the location of the bite, and you may also experience nausea, abdominal pain and muscle cramps. If you have those symptoms, please call 911 or visit your local E.R. or urgent care. Though the affects often wear off within 24 hours, and it isn’t likely that you will die, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Brown Recluse spider bites only differ slightly from that of the Black Widow; after being bitten you won’t notice any effects until about 2-6 hours. Symptoms include pain and itching in the bite area as well slight skin color change in that area due to skin cell damage. It is best to treat these bites by applying ice to the bite and contacting emergency help. As with black widow bites, most of the time the effects will go away without medical treatment as time goes by. Unfortunately, for both of these spiders’ bites, children and the elderly are most susceptible to them and could be fatal danger if the bites go untreated.

Even though there are thousands of species of spiders within the United States, the only two that are “dangerous” are those mentioned above. Among the thousands of spiders that could potentially be in your home (not all at once), most of their bites’ could not even penetrate your skin. We have this inherent fear of spiders in our home because we are terrified of being bitten, but the chances of a bite are minimal, and if you do get bit, it will probably go unnoticed.

AZ Bark Scorpion

Regarding venom, the same holds true with both spiders and scorpions. When a scorpion stings you, the venom will travel throughout your whole body and you will feel quite a bit of pain at the location of the sting. A large difference within this sting versus that of a spider bite, is that there will be quite a bit more pain where the sting occurred, and there will be a bit more swelling. As with spiders, if a child is stung, call 911, poison control, or go to your nearest urgent care of ER because the effects can be detrimental. This same thing is true with scorpions regarding venom. Most of the time the affects of the sting will soon wear off and you will be fine, but again, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Although spiders and scorpions may seem scary and dangerous, they have been over dramatized for years in movies and television shows and therefore seem absolutely terrifying. It is still a good idea to avoid spiders and scorpions when possible, the real pests that can hurt your home are insects like termites that can “erode” your home away. Whether you have termites, spiders, scorpions, ants or another pest, Bulwark Pest Control is the best option to rid of any pests you may have! Call us today at, 1-800-610-7576.

Concerns Over Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes

Much of the United States has been under attack by mosquitoes, and experts believe the mosquito problem is going to get worse. These mosquito attacks have many people worried because of the possibility of a West Nile Virus infection. CNN reports, this year’s West Nile Virus outbreak is the largest the United States has ever seen since the disease was first discovered in 1999. The state of Texas has been hit the hardest these last couple years, as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that almost 80 percent of the nation’s reported West Nile cases are from the Lonestar state.

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes is a common and effective way to combat mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile Virus. Dropping pesticides from the sky raises many concerns and questions, including possible reaction to DUET.

DUET Reactions

West_Nile_Virus_SignThe pesticide that is being drop sprayed to combat the mosquito population is called DUET. The most common reaction upon DUET exposure is a prickling or burning sensation on your skin. Other reactions can consist of a tearing in your eyes or blurred vision, and respiratory irritation if you inhale it.

Who’s Most at Risk?

It’s hard to predict what kind of reactions, if any, people will have to the pesticides, but people that already have allergies, lung disease, lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory infections are more at risk. Pregnant women also need to take added precautions. Although it’s not time to panic, health professionals are urging the public to take certain precautions throughout this process.

Aerial Spraying Precautions

  • Stay inside until it settles—usually a couple of hours
  • Bring pets inside
  • If your real sensitive to chemicals, leave town
  • Don’t wear the shoes you wear outside, inside your home for a few days
  • Wash vehicles, toys, patio furniture, pet bowls, fruits, and vegetables.

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If you are concerned about the DUET pesticide, the West Nile Virus, or mosquitoes on your property, contact a pest control professional today for more information.

Bugs for Dinner? 4 Surprising Foods that Contain Insects

In some parts of the world, bugs are considered a healthy source of protein. Many don’t think twice about popping a cricket or worm into their mouths when they want a quick snack. In the United States, however, we generally shy away from consuming insects. What you may not know, however, is that the FDA’s position is that some bugs in food are perfectly acceptable, as long as you can’t see them. In fact, for every 100 grams of food, up to 60 insect parts are considered “safe” to eat. As a result, you probably eat way more bugs than you ever realized. The following foods are sure to surprise you, as they all contain their fair share of insect parts.

Chocolate

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Most of us have a weakness for chocolate. However, the next time you reach for a bar at the checkout line of the grocery store, consider this: there’s probably around eight insect parts inside the savory treat. In fact, people who are allergic to chocolate may actually be allergic to cockroaches instead. Cocoa beans naturally attract the little creatures as they grow, which means it is almost impossible to find a chocolate treat that does not have some level of contamination.

Peanut Butter

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Do you remember those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you loved as a kid? Your parents probably did not realize they were unintentionally packing you a healthy dose of bug as well. For every 100 grams of peanut butter, there can be 30+ insect parts and even a few rodent hairs mixed in with the product. In an average 18 ounce jar, then, there might be five or six rodent hairs and more than 150 insect parts!

Spinach

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To get in a hearty dose of green vegetables, many people turn to frozen spinach. However, for every 100 grams of the food, there could be four dozen mites and aphids mixed in, along with caterpillar larvae. To avoid the bugs, try selecting fresh spinach and other produce. Some of the contamination is washed away in the cleaning process. With frozen foods, however, you can’t tell what is lurking in there.

Candy

Candy!

If you have a sweet tooth, beware. Some of the little treats you love so much are covered with a substance known as shellac, which is a secretion from a Thailand insect. Shellac is a part of candy corn, milk duds, junior mints, jelly beans, and other hard candies. If you love these treats, shellac is a part of your diet.

Eating bugs is fairly common in other parts of the world. However, in the United States, we generally don’t feast on insects. However, whether we like it or not, bugs are a part of our diet. The four foods listed above are just a few of the ones that contain insect parts. To minimize your consumption of these little critters, stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Also, read ingredient lists so you know what is in the food that you eat. And, of course, to avoid contamination in your own home, keep your living space as clean as possible and hire a pest control specialist if you find any little creatures near your food supply.

Mosquitoes, Bed Bugs and More: How to Identify Common Bug Bites

The heat of the summer provides the perfect breeding ground for insects, particularly those of the biting and stinging variety. Some bites, like those from mosquitoes or ants, are just a nuisance and take time to get over. Others, like bed bug bites, indicate a potential infestation that might require the services of a pest control specialist. And, there are other bites that are quite serious and could require medical attention, like those from a black widow spider. Understanding what different bites look like and being able to identify where they came from will help you know what steps you need to take to remedy the situation.

Black Widow Spiders

Black Widow Bite

Black widow females like to hang out near tree stumps or wood piles. They are fairly easy to identify, as they have a reddish mark that looks like an hourglass on their belly. A bite from a black widow might cause pain on the affected limb but not always. You should be able to see one or two distinct fang marks near the bite area. In addition, the area around the bite will be red and tender. Symptoms include muscle cramps, vomiting and nausea. If you suspect a black widow bite, seek a doctor’s care, as you might require anti-venom medication.

Mosquitoes

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Believe it or not, mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world. They are responsible for more than one million deaths every year, although they are seen as more of a nuisance than anything else in the United States. Their bites are fairly easy to identify; they itch like crazy and the affected area is red with a slightly raised bump. To avoid getting bitten, cover up as much as possible and try to eliminate any standing water from around your home.

Bed Bugs

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Most people are not aware that a bed bug has bitten them until after the fact. The bite itself does not hurt, but after an allergic reaction takes place (24 hours or more after the initial bite), the affected area itches and becomes red and raised. The bites are most often found on parts of the body not covered by clothing, like the arms, face, neck and hands. In addition, the bites are normally present in rows with two bites or more.

Fire Ants

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One fire ant typically stings several times, so affected individuals often wind up with multiple welts on their body. The stings hurt and may also blister. Some victims have an allergic reaction to fire ant bites, so it is important to speak to a doctor if you have trouble breathing, feel nauseous or swell more than normal.

Bug bites are unfortunately very common in the summer. Some bites are simply a nuisance and are not really anything to worry about. Others can be a much more serious problem, which is why it is important to be aware of the different types of bites and know how to identify them. Do not let those bugs get the best of you! Take control of the situation to avoid any issues.

Pest Control Prices – Bidding Wars

Lowest Bid Wins… or Lowest Bid Loses?

In my previous post, If Pest Control were Real Estate, I got a little heated over an unsolicited email I received asking for a bid on commercial pest control service. More over, I was bothered by the “Lowest Bid Wins” statement. After my initial shock I have decided to put some business and consumer perspective on this lowest bid practice.

How Lowest Bid Contracts Hurt The Consumer

roach soupThe cheapest option typically brings poor results. This can be detrimental to the consumer. Who really want to eat at a restaurant that has its pest control done by the lowest bidder? The thought of maggots crawling through my Chicken Chow Mein, or a side order of roaches with my lobster, do not sound particularly appealing. In addition, I wonder how Subway, Cold Stone, or Panda Express feel about their reputation being left to the hands of the lowest bidder?

How Lowest Bid Contracts Hurt The Pest Control Industry

This lowest bidder practice welcomes corner cutting, low quality of work, ineffective products, and can even severely damage the technicians prevailing wage. In the pest management industry, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s those companies who always bid the lowest that seem to detract from the quality of industry pride and reputation that has built over the years. More often than not, these companies end up compromising quality; resulting in the consumer losing confidence and being skeptical of our services in the future. This ugly trend should be guarded against. There is need for customer education

How Would You Reply?

At this point, it’s easy to tell where I stand on auctioning off pest management service rights to the lowest bidder. But I wondered how alone I was in my sentiment. So I decided to start a few group discussions with other prominent pest control professionals to see if they felt similarly. Here are a few great comments after asking a few PCO’s how they would respond to such an email:

Those who sell on price make a sale not a client. When a better price comes along, or even worse, someone who can create the value of not selling on price, you lose. Those clients who buy based on lowest price will either leave when a better deal comes along or be unhappy with the value they purchased.. One of my favorite quotes I use: “I would rather explain a higher price once than have to explain later for poor quality of my product or service.” It’s true and it works.

After reading the bidding notice I would send a reply, with my bid, stating, “We believe we have provided the greatest value to your company by combining competitive pricing with unparalleled service and a rock solid guarantee. Based on these three factors, you should find that we provide the best long term cost for your organization. We look forward to being awarded an opportunity to prove ourselves.

-Brian B.

Ignore it – you shouldn’t put your company at risk by doing the work at less than it costs you to do it. So the names might prestigious but here is a company that wants everything on the cheap. They’ll be after you for more and more with no price increase and then expect a reduction at the next tender date. And that’s if you get the job. Before that you’ll have spent time and effort working out what your tender should be, for possibly no reward. Let others with big finance and no scruples take the pain and go after good customers who appreciate you and what you do and concentrate on building a good reputation for your business – and the industry as a whole.

-Sarah A.

There are certain contracts we just don’t have to take on. Most often, it is those who always bid the lowest that detract from the quality of industry pride and reputation the pest management industry has built over the years, as they will end up compromising qualities when the chips are down, resulting to the clients losing confidence and being skeptical of our services in the future. This ugly trend should be guarded against.

-Francis B.

This is an often disturbing portion of commercial & government contracts…”lowest bid” can help weed out the over priced vendors, but also welcomes the corner cutting, low quality work, or severely damages the technicians prevailing wage.

-Mark S.

This is how all City/County contracts work (Heck all contracts at the end of the day)… Price like you would normally, and see where the cards fall…

-Jesse S.

In my opinion, that is a very easy one to sort …if you haven’t got any work and you don’t mind working for peanuts then chase the contract. I personally would simply walk away from it.

-Chris A.

This is unfortunately the problem with pest management services. Most often the customer looks for lowest bid by the Pest Control Operators, irrespective of type of problem he has. Some times the problem is complex and normal measures would not yield results. Because of this, there is need for customer education.

-Dr. Rao

I would say thank you, but no thank you. There is a reason why our company has worked as hard as it has to achieve an excellent reputation, and that is worth something.

-Thomas H.

Final Thoughts

If “the lowest price” wins, this assumes that whatever else you ‘offer’ is insignificant. Bidding against competition you can’t compete with for whatever reason is a waste of money for the most part.

We’re hopeful that this property management company doesn’t really mean the lowest bidder, and that they’ll look at all bids in their entirety.

We can only hope that most of our consumers look for quality, reputation, and effectiveness over price. Pest management professionals need to do what we can to educate the consumer as such.

What are your thoughts on auctioning off pest management service rights to the lowest bidder?

 

Thomas Ballantyne

10 Ways To Control Allergen Causing Dust Mites

House Dust MitesYou cough! You sneeze! Your eyes water so much it’s difficult to even see! I’m talking of course about allergies, and one of the leading causes of allergies in the United States happens to be a microscopic bug called a House Dust Mite.

While some people experience seasonal allergies caused by high pollen in the air, many people experience year round allergies that are frequently caused by these dust mites. In fact, some 35 million people suffer from dust mite allergies.

Read More About The Worst Allergy Cities In The Country

What can you do about dust mites? Even the most zealous housekeeper cannot completely eliminate dust mite populations, but there are a few steps you can take to help control these teeny-tiny pests.

Sleeping With The Enemy: Dust Mites In Your Bed

Before you can control dust mites, you have to understand one important characteristic. If you are the least bit squeamish, do not read what I’m about to say next. You’re sleeping with dust mites! Yup, right on top of them in fact. You bed is their favorite hiding spot, and the majority of them are in your mattress. They crawl on you while you sleep… In and out of your nose and ears, feeding on the dead skin and dander that you shed.

It gets worse. After only two short years of owning your mattress, some 10 Million mites can call it home. The longer you own your mattress, the more dust mites it can have. Yuck!

10 Ways To Control Allergen Causing Dust Mites

clean bedding1. Dust mite covers. Look for dust mite covers that are allergen-impermeable at any high end department store. Encase your mattresses, pillows, and box springs with these covers. Replace mattresses every 3-5 years for severe cases.

2. Hypoallergenic pillows. Just like dust mite covers, these pillows can be found at most department stores in, and will help with all types of allergies, including dust mites.

3. Frequently wash bedding. All of your sheets, pillow cases, blankets, mattress pads, and even comforters need to be washed at least every two weeks. Opt for hot water above 120 degrees for best results.

4. Vacuum. Frequently vacuum your home, especially carpeted bedrooms, to remove unwanted dust and mites. I’m talking vacuuming every day if necessary until your symptoms subside. You may look to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter attached. Empty your vacuum frequently. If your vacuum requires bags, opt for backs that are double the thickness.

5. Dust. I know, this tip seems obvious, but dust mites live in dust. Just one particle of dust can contain over 42,000 mites. Keep all areas of your home, especially the bedroom, dust free. I recommend wearing a mask while dusting, and leave the room for at least 20 minutes after you finish cleaning.

6. Air purifiers. You’ll be surprised how effective a HEPA air purifier is at removing all types of allergens in your home, including house dust mites.

Allergy Pollen HEPA Air Filter 7. Install allergen filters. Install allergen-trapping filters in air conditioning and heating systems inside your home. If you sleep with a CPAP, make sure it has a filter as well. Regularly change out these filters.

8. Blinds not curtains. If your bedroom has cloth or fiber curtains or draperies, look to replace them with decorative and stylish wood-slated blinds or shades. Also look to remove any fabric-based wall décor inside your home.

9. Wood or tile flooring. Dust mites love your fibrous carpets. Give these pests one less place to hide by switching out carpet for wood or tile flooring.

10. Wood, leather, or vinyl furniture. For extreme cases of dust mite allergens, get rid of all upholstered furniture. Like your carpet, dust mites love these areas. Opt for wood, leather, or vinyl furniture instead. Think about using dust mite covers on your furniture as well as your bedding.

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In the United States, the House Dust Mite is one of the leading causes of asthma, eczema, and allergic symptoms. Their effect on human health is significant. The gross thing is that it’s not the actual dust mite that causes asthma and allergic symptoms… It’s their feces!

House Dust Mites are actually related to spiders; in the class Arachnida. These adult mites are pale in color, have eight legs, no antenna or wings, and only have one body segment. Dust mites feed on the dander shed by both humans and pets. They also will eat feathers, mold, and fungus.

Another problem with these pests is that they are nearly invisible to the naked eye, measuring a mere 1/100th of an inch. They can be almost anywhere. However, these tiny pests do need high humidity, above 60%, to survive. Avoid using humidifiers in your home if you are allergic to dust mites.

Are you living with a dust mite allergy? We’d love to hear your story!

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Why Are Bats Dying?

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Creepy!

Sinister!

Blood-sucking devil birds!

Winged spawn of Satan!

These are just a few words some of us might mistakenly use to describe the bat; but despite this fictitious reputation, bats are vital to the ecosystem. They are pest control agents; eating disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes, and feeding on crop-damaging caterpillars and worms. They also aid in the pollinating of certain plants.

It’s because of their vital ecological importance, bat-lovers and scientists alike are in panic mode over massive loss of these flying mammals. Bats are dying off at an alarming rate.

Just how big of a bat loss are we talking?

Last year, NASA reported the North American bat’s death toll surpassed the 7 Million mark. A year later, it is feared that the death toll may be reaching 10 Million. United States Fish & Wildlife Services fear that “half the bat species in the United States could be wiped out if something is not done.”

What exactly is killing off all of these bats?

White-Nose Syndrome Killing Off Bats

Despite some bat’s white-nosed appearance, they have not been out partying with Lindsay Lohan. The white substance appearing on affected bats is a white fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans). This symptom is called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). A deadly white fungus will grow on bat’s noses, bodies, and wings as they hibernate in caves for the winter. The fungus causes the hibernating bats to wake during the winter months. When awake, the bats will burn up all of their energy reserves that are usually saved when they hibernate. Due to lack of energy and nutrition, the affected bats ultimately die of starvation. The fungus is also deadly when it spreads to a bat’s wings. Healthy wing membranes are vital to bats, as they help regulate body temperature, blood pressure, water balance and gas exchange—not to mention the ability to fly and to feed.

The White-Nose Syndrome fungus was first discovered back in 2006, in the caves of New York. It has since spread to some 28 U.S. States. It’s believed that the fungus was brought over from Europe, where WNS didn’t seem to have the same affect as it has on the 26 different species of hibernating North American bats.

America’s most common species of bat, the little brown bat, has been hit the hardest with some states reporting population losses as high as 90 percent. In certain specific caves in the U.S., the entire population has been wiped out.

According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, this is “one of the fastest declines of wildlife they have ever seen.”

Current States Reporting White-Nose Syndrome

As of June 2013, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services report that 28 states have confirmed the deadly bat disease, White-Nose Syndrome. This is a drastic increase from 2007 when New York was the only state to report WNS. Current states affected include:
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  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska 

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  • New Jersey
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin 

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To help out our bat friends, and combat WNS, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services has awarded grants totaling almost $1 Million to the 28 affected states.

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Can Humans Catch White-Nose Syndrome?

It is common believe among scientists and researchers that bat-to-bat transmission is the principal aspect in the spread of White Nose Syndrome. Furthermore, research also suggests that the disease can ONLY be spread bat-to-bat. It is, however, believed that WNS fungus can be spread by humans from infected sites to clean sites through contaminated shoes, clothing, and equipment.

As for humans catching White-Nose Syndrome, it is highly unlikely. According to whitenosesyndrome.org, thousands of people have visited affected caves and mines since the disease was first observed. There have been no reported human illnesses attributable to WNS.

We are still learning about WNS, but we know of no risk to humans from contact with WNS-affected bats. However, we urge taking precautions and not exposing yourself to WNS. Biologists and researchers use protective clothing when entering caves or handling bats.

Currently, there is no known cure for White-Nose Syndrome.

How Loss Of Bats Hurts Agriculture

The economic consequences of losing up to 10 Million could be substantial. A single colony of 150 big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) has been estimated to eat nearly 1.3 million pest insects each year, possibly contributing to the disruption of population cycles of agricultural pests. That means that over 1500 metric tons of insect pests are no longer being consumed by bats in the affected areas.

It’s suggested that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 Billion a year.

What Can Be Done To Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome

In general, fungus is spread through direct contact with fungal spores. Humans are urged to not share clothing, shoes, pillowcases, etc., stay away from stray animals, take care of personal equipment, and wear flip flops in public showers to avoid contact with fungal spores of any kind. In general, its in good taste to not touch bats while spelunking for both the bat’s health, and your own.

Unfortunately, bats cannot put on little rubber gloves and other protective clothing to avoid contact with fungal spores. On the plus side, recent research has found that the fungus may respond to typical human anti-fungal treatments. More studies are being undertaken to determine how best to use this knowledge.

 

Stinging Insects Infographic

Stinging Insect Pests Infographic: Know The Difference

Summer barbecues, pool parties, picnics, and other outdoor activities can be accompanied by stinging pests. Some of these stings are mild, and other can really pack a punch. Here’s an excellent infographic, brought to you by Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, informing us all on how we can distinguish among these stinging insects, and what steps to take to control and prevent them respectively.

Stinging Insects Pest Control: Know the Difference - Comparing Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets and Honey Bees

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Are Insect Stings Bad For Pregnant Women?

Insects sting for various reasons. They could become aggravated when they think that they’re territory is being invaded or when they are accidentally disturbed. Luckily, getting stung by a bee or wasp doesn’t necessarily spell disaster for someone who is pregnant. The danger, however, is if the victim is allergic to stings. If this is the case, then she should go to a hospital immediately or dial 911.

Allergy to Sting

Getting stung by any creature, especially wasps and carpenter bees which can sting more than once, is dangerous to some. Hypersensitive individuals or those with allergies to stings can experience life-threatening symptoms, like breathing difficulty, heart palpitations or loss of consciousness. Without immediate medical help, a victim could go into what’s known as anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction that could lead to coma or death. So, what is the danger to pregnant women? A woman who is with child can be fairly safe from a sting if she is not allergic. However, those who have reacted badly to stings in the past or those who have known allergies must seek medical help as soon as possible to prevent health risks to both the mother and the unborn child.

Treatment for Sting

Most bee or wasp stings can be treated by over-the-counter meds. Hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion can help ease the terrible itching, while antihistamines can alleviate both itchiness and swelling. If you are pregnant, however, the most important thing to remember is to avoid taking any form of medication before consulting your obstetrician. This is safer than just buying and taking any kind of over-the-counter drug. Remember that there are a lot of drugs that are safe for adults to use, but some could be detrimental to fetal health. So, if you are sensitive to insect bites, go to a hospital right away. Also, don’t wait for a stinging incident to happen before taking precautions. Ask your OB if it would be alright for you to have an EpiPen handy. This contains epinephrine (adrenaline) which will halt a severe allergic reaction. More importantly, you should consider wearing a MedicAlert bracelet.

3 Tips for Avoiding Stings

1. Use appropriate protective gear.

Sometimes, the danger of getting stung is a job hazard, particularly for female beekeepers. While some women temporarily stop doing their beekeeping duties while pregnant, others need to keep at it. Those who still work in an environment where there is a high possibility of getting stung must always wear proper personal protective gear, such as a suitable beekeeper’s hat, gloves, and outfit.

2. Avoid hives or nests.

It’s nice to spend time outdoors. However, you should always be aware about where you are. Be on the lookout for nests and hives, and avoid getting near these areas as much as possible. Remember that stinging insects can build their nests in almost any type of environment. For example, bees usually have hives in trees, while yellow jackets build nests in the ground.

3. Protect your home.

If you live near a wooded area or if there are stinging pests nearby, then you should protect your home against these insects. Place screens on windows and doors, and caulk holes or crevices.

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Claire Clarke is a full-time freelancer who has written many pest-related articles for the internet. For those with pest problems, she recommends that you check and compare local exterminator info.

Published By Thomas Ballantyne