Bug season: How to keep uninvited guests away | Radio Week

Insects thrive in the warm summer months. Some flying and crawling animals can now become very noisy and can also be vectors of disease. However, protection from pests can be carried out by very simple means.

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Annoying wasps, mosquitoes disturbing your sleep, tick bites and unappetizing cobwebs: there are a number of negative side effects that the warm summer brings. However, the usual problems with insects can be encountered without much effort. It is especially helpful to know the specific needs of the insect or parasite in question.

Protection from wasp stings

Parasitic wasps are especially annoying. It is worth knowing that the animals do not care primarily about the person they have traveled to, but only look for something to eat nearby. Being as calm as possible is a prerequisite for the stinging insect to remain relaxed and move away quickly again.

If you drink and eat outdoors, especially sugary foods should be covered. In addition, care must be taken to ensure that the animal does not accidentally enter its mouth when eating.

In the outdoor area, it is also recommended to create as few odor signals as possible. This includes putting food away after eating. In general, scented cosmetics should also be avoided, as they arouse the curiosity of wasps as well. Smell-neutral care products are a better option in summer.

Lockable food containers and fly screens: Tips against flour moths, fruit flies and mosquitoes

In the warm season, windows open more often, and through them many uninvited guests enter the house, such as flour moths and small fruit flies. Here, too, the available food supplies are crucial.

If edible things are always kept closed, the number of unwanted visitors is significantly reduced. If the flour moth infestation has already progressed, it is worth finding and eliminating the source of the problem. It’s often a true classic: an old, open packet muesli. Sachets containing dried animal food, dried fruit or sunflower seeds are also common. If you want to get rid of food mites in the long term, it is best to avoid open packaging and pack leftovers in inaccessible containers.

On the other hand, even the greatest order and cleanliness in the house do not help in controlling mosquitoes. For here the person or the blood meal is the object of desire – completely independent of whether the light is lit at night or not. Daily use of mosquito spray in the home is not recommended. The most practical option for the living area are fly screens to repel mosquitoes, which are hung in the window that opens with hooks. The windows can then be opened in the summer if necessary and also kept open without fear of unwanted visitors. As an alternative to fly nets, nets can also be attached to the window using Velcro, for example.

Beware of ticks

Ticks are biological mites, not insects, but they pose a very special danger in the summer as carriers of various diseases. One possible disease is Lyme disease, which in its advanced stages can lead to severe joint and muscle pain and even heart disease and more. Tick-borne encephalitis, an infection of the brain and meninges. Recently introduced species such as the Hyalomma tick can also transmit other diseases such as typhus, even if there are few cases currently known in Germany.

For excursions in the forest, through high grass and vegetation, closed clothing and sturdy shoes are recommended. Socks should be pulled over the pants. Wearing light-colored clothing is especially useful, since dark-colored animals can be identified and eliminated in time. In addition, a tick spray should be used – ideally a compound that also protects against mosquitoes. After normal excursions, the body should always be checked for tick infestation.

Correctly treat puncture wounds

Stings from wasp, bee, or mosquito stings are usually treated with cold. A cold compress or cooling ointment relieves pain, burning, and itching. In recent years, it has also become common practice to treat the puncture site with heat, for example with a thermometer pen from the pharmacy. Both methods stop inflammatory processes. With the heat method, the healing effect depends only on the fact that the itching protein of the insecticide is broken down. Regardless of the treatment chosen, care should be taken with bee stings that are previously withdrawn.

Ticks should also be removed immediately to reduce transmission time of diseases during the sucking process. The correct procedure is critical, and can be performed using forceps or a hash card. The sting site should also be carefully disinfected afterwards.

If symptoms persist after this, such as flu-like symptoms, a doctor should be consulted immediately. It is also advised to be especially careful in case of severe redness. Then, as soon as possible, a specialist medical clinic or clinic department for Lyme disease, which has specific diagnostic options, should be consulted. Only blood analysis combined with an expert comprehensive evaluation of physical symptoms provides a reliable result for starting treatment quickly and preventing chronic progression of the disease.

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