At this time of year all birds, bees and beasties are celebrating surviving the winter, and are full of the joys of spring. They travel - looking for food, looking for homes and looking for mates. Should you get in their way, you may be in trouble.
We see a lot of insect bites and animal bites at this time of year, mostly because the activity level of all animals increase as the ambient temperature starts its climb to the summertime highs. This article is one of a series of articles aimed to help the public in dealing with acute medical situations, and is intended as a guide to assist you in dealing with bites and stings over the festive season.
Insect bites and stings occur when you bug an insect - threaten its well-being, or get in its way. There are no insects or spiders that hunt humans. They are mostly more scared of you than you may be of them. If you leave them alone, they will probably leave you alone, but if they feel threatened or trapped they may give up their lives to get away. Ironic, isn't it. However, the point is that the first step in treating bites is to avoid them. Rather be cautious than sorry - check your cool drink for bees before drinking, make sure that spiders are kept out of your house, turn your mattress regularly to help the bugs from getting too comfortable in your bed - bugs or spiders that may bite you whilst sleeping.