Tohoku region has been always known as rich in nature.
You have various insects around the activity area that may bite you, such as mosquitoes, gnats, bees, or ticksTo avoid insect bites, do not go out with your skin exposed directly in the air during the cool parts of the day; take care when you walk around the humid place like pond side or in the grass.


◆Bee Sting


If You Get Stung…..,
Normally some redness and swelling will result from the sting, but this usually resolves in a few hours.


a wasp


The best way is to pour enough cold water over the bitten part, but since you may not be allowed to use plenty of water in disaster area, place a cold wet towel over the part instead. It will encourage healing and reduce swelling before you see a doctor.


Dangerous Anaphylactic Reaction


Life threatening reactions occur not only when you get stung by a hornet but also when you get multiple stings.


a hornet

Once you get stung by a certain kind of bees, you may become allergic. If you get stung by the same kind of bees, you may get shock symptom; you get hives, a breathing difficulty, or a reduction in blood pressure, etc.
Do not hesitate to call an ambulance when you experience such symptoms!


a honeybee


To Avoid Bee Stings…..


1. Keep yourself away from their nests.
Nothing makes a stinging insect angrier than when someone disturbs or destroys its home.


2. Stay still.
The worst thing you can do when a wasp flies around your head is swat at it. If a bee, wasp, or hornet comes near you, just take a deep breath and stay calm. The insect is just trying to determine if you are a flower or some other item useful to it. Once it realizes you’re just a person, it will fly away.


3. Avoid wearing dark colored clothing, especially the one with floral prints.
There’s a reason why beekeepers wear white. If you’re wearing dark colors, you are just asking bees to land on you. Keep your outdoor wears limited to khaki, white, beige, or other light colors if you don’t want to attract bees.


4. Don’t wear perfumes or colognes. Be careful what you eat outdoors.
In other words, don’t smell like a flower.

Sugary foods and drinks will attract bees and wasps for sure. Bees can detect and follow strong scents, and wearing perfumes or colognes will attract nectar-seeking bees and wasps from a distance. Once they find the source of the flower smell (you), they’re likely to investigate by landing on you or buzzing around your body.


5. In case of emergency, carry around a bee killer spray with you.




What a Gnat Is


A gnat (say: nat) is one of a family of insects that includes flies and mosquitoes. Gnats are actually tiny flies, and can go by different names (like blackflies, or midges).


What You Should Do
If you’ve been bitten by a gnat, wash the bite with soap and water. It’s also a good idea to swab the bite with a little antiseptic, because gnats can pick up bacteria from other things they’ve landed on (like rotten food or dead animals).


An anti-itch cream or anti-itch medicine helps you with the itching. If the bite hurts a lot, take some pain medication. Putting an ice pack on the bite can also make it feel less painful.


How to Avoid Getting Bitten
The best way to avoid getting bitten by gnats is to wear an insect repellent.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if you’ll be going near rivers and streams.


◆First Aid Treatment for Other Insect Bites


1. If you get stung
by bees or centipedes ,suck out the venom as soon as possible. A Poison Remover is very useful when you suck out the venom.


Poison Remover

2. After that, pour enough cold waterover the area.
3. Put insect bite reliever.
4. Cover the area with an adhesive bandage.
5. See a doctor if needed.


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