Outdoor Knowledge: Pests You Might See When You Go Traveling or Hiking & Effective Treatment if Bitten

Winter is about to end and the new spring season will bring many new opportunities for travel. We all love to travel to new places which offer adventures and new challenges, which increases the excitement level. Whether you are intending to take off from your office job to go hiking, or going to your next exotic beach, everyone has their own choice. But! One thing everyone will face during their outdoor activity is the Pest attack.

Common Pests You Can Encounter When Traveling

Although it depends largely on your decision of where to travel, the pest encounter can vary. Nonetheless, the most common types which can put a downer on your holiday include the following:
·         Mosquitoes
·         Bed Bugs
·         Flies
·         Crickets

Mosquitoes and Flies

When you travel to a hot destination, you will likely encounter flies and mosquitoes. You’ll hate those nuisance mosquitoes and the itchy bites can become a trouble for you. Mosquitoes are not the only traveling enemy. Flies will not leave your company during the daytime. The heat of summer not only brings a warm sunbathing opportunity, but also brings the invasion of the worst pests on earth, flies.

Bed Bugs and Crickets


A very common encounter you may face at your traveling destination is none other than bed bugs. Due to a high volume of humans traveling these days, and poor accommodation facilities like hostels, hotels and lodges, there is an ever-growing bed bug situation. Besides bed bugs, many of you might  experience the chirping sound of the Cricket insect. Many a sleepless night has been caused by a single chirping cricket.

How You Can Prevent Pests during Travel

There are a number of ways through which you can prevent yourself from getting bitten by these pests. Adhere to the following suggestions:
·       Research about the place you’re visiting and get to know which pests you might encounter during your stay. You can also research on bed bug registries to see which places have been reported and try to avoid those accomodations.
·         Keep yourself clean, try drinking a lot of water, and take a daily shower.
·         Use insect repellent during your stay in a specific place.
·         Consult your doctor before traveling and get vaccinated.
·         Inspect the room of the hotel where you’re going to stay.
·         Use insect nests to keep yourself safe from the stinging insects during sleep.

The Effective Treatment If Bitten


Still, if you get bitten by the pest, then try the following treatments:
·         Clean the bite or wound with over the counter antiseptic medicine.
·         Apply a cold pack on the bitten area to reduce swelling.
·         Apply baking soda to the affected area, it has alkaline properties and will neutralize the pH factor of   your skin.
·         Apply Neem oil on the bite since it has anti-allergy and antiseptic properties.
·         Aloe Vera is great for many skin repairs. Apply it to the affected area to get a smoother skin.
·         Use antibiotics if there is a chance of infection in your bitten wound.

Final Words

It is always better to prevent yourself from pest bites. However, if you still get bitten by an insect, then follow the above-mentioned treatments. If you feel the wound is getting worse, or infected, then visit the nearest doctor to seek medical attention.

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1 comment:

  1. Getting bitten by things is never nice and thankful I have not been bitten in years


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