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Don't Bug Me

Angela Fletcher, Human Development Regional Specialist, University of Missouri Extension Douglas County

Adapted from Family Time/Work Time: July 2003, Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Summer weather brings insects and bugs. This can mean bug bites, which can be a bother. For some people a bite or sting can mean a serious medical emergency.

Here are some tips to help prevent bug bites or stings:

  • Avoid areas where stinging and biting insects live and nest.
  • Keep food covered outdoors.
  • Clean outdoor eating, barbecue and garbage areas regularly.
  • Avoid disturbing insect nests while mowing or gardening.
  • Remember, the things that attract insects are perfumes, sprays, lotions, bright colors, bright or flowered print clothing and trash baskets.


If your child is stung by an insect, such as a bee, wasp, hornet, yellowjacket, or fire ant, it is important to watch them carefully. Sometimes a child will have an extreme allergic reaction to a bite. (This can happen to anyone, even someone without known allergies to insect bites.)

Get medical attention for anyone who shows any of the following symptoms:

  • Itching of the skin and a raised rash (hives)
  • Flushing (extreme redness of the face and skin)
  • Swelling of the lips, throat, tongue, hands and feet
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps
  • Loss of consciousness




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