Insect Bites And Stings
When heading outside or into the woods there are chances that you may come into contact with and suffer from encounters with insects and the possibility of being bitten or stung by them. Insect bites and stings are often an annoyance that causes some sort of discomfort, but for the most part are not that dangerous. Insects are not out there hunting down humans for sport trying to bite and sting them for fun. They are often out searching for their basic needs when we have encounter with them and they end up biting us not because they are trying to inflict pain or discomfort, but because they are hungry and in need of some sustenance. Insects are a part of out world and no matter how much we do they will always be here and a vital part of our ecosystem. Our world is all interconnected within itself as the actions of one plant, animal, insect, or human may have a drastic affect on the others around it. When the ecosystem starts to malfunction it is because we have messed with the environment to much and created unwanted changes that could have negative impacts for everyone. We are all interconnected and removing parts of the ecosystem could cause a whole collapse in the area. Even though we may see insects as dirty creatures at some times that attack us with bites and stings they are just as important int the world as we are and play a vital role in the ecosystem.
Insect bites and stings may vary in what happens depending on what type of insect it is that is biting or stinging you. Some insect bites may cause various rashes to pop up of form. Chiggers bites have been known to cause problems as they form a rash that is somewhat itchy and uncomfortable. The actually rash is no problem, it is just an inconvenience that we have to deal with and suffer through. When a chigger bites your skin it is not really biting or eating your skin right away. It starts by injecting a special enzyme into your skin cells that has some digestive properties and will begin to slowly break down your skin cells. As your skin cells break down and turn to mush the chigger is then able to drink it up and gain nutrients from your dying skin cells that have been broken down and turned to mush. The dead skin cells are easily digested by the chigger as it can get lots of nutrient from you. The chigger could stay there for several days feasting off of your skin if you were to let it. Most chiggers are knocked off the skin as the rash starts to form and the itchiness sets in.
The more it begins to itch the more and more we will scratch it and eventually knocking the chigger off of its perch on our skin. The rash that forms is a result of digestive enzymes that the chigger was injecting into your skin. It is overall not dangerous or a threatening infection from the insect, but you should still make sure to take care of it and make sure that it does not spread. Using basic over the counter anti itching creams will usually help take care of the rash and stop the itching from bothering you too much.
The chigger resorts to biting and using enzymes to cause rashes and problems on your skin, bot not every insect chooses to use their mouth to do their dirty work. Insect bites and stings come in many varieties and some have developed stingers that can be used against threats, prey, and any other reason that an insect would need to sting something. Depending on what type of insect it is stinging you could be the last thing that it actually would ever want to do because in some forms of bees stinging something causes the death of the bee. When most insect stings their stinger has a barb on the end so that the stinger gets stuck in the skin and can be hard to get out. When the bee stings you and flies away its stinger is stuck in your skin while being attached to the bee as well. As it flies away the stinger stays in your skin and slowly pulls out some of the inner workings of the bee. The bee may fly away safely for now, but its death is imminent and it does not have long before its life will end and it will once again return to mother earth in the circle of life. Not all insects that sting lose their stinger or their life. There are many varieties that do not have barbed stingers or ones that are designed to fall out when used. Wasps have stingers that they can use to sting and kill other insects, tiny creatures, and can cause great pain and annoyance to humans as well. Its stinger is not detachable and stays complete so that it can use its stinger many times over the course of its lifetime. Insect bites and stings can come from many forms of insects. The wasp can use its stinger, but it also has been known to bite as well. It has a powerful set of jaws that will not create highly dangerous wounds, but ones that are very annoying and discomforting. The pain can feel immense for some and have caused many people to try and avoid them all together at whatever the cost.
Insect bites and stings are more of an annoyance than anything else. Some have been known to cause disease, but that is only when the insect has become infected with the disease and then spreads it when it bites you. Mosquitoes can be a major pest and have been known to carry disease throughout history. Being bit by a mosquito does not mean you are infected with something, there is just a chance that you could be. The major majority of insect bites and stings are not at all harmful to the body, but they do cause some brief pain or rashes to occur. Even if a rash may occur that does not mean anything serious has happened. The rash could form for any number of reasons and is mostly no big deal and simple creams can easily fix it up. Making sure that when a rash forms that it does not get infected is important to do as some people will get a rash and scratch it raw and leave it open to the elements for disease and dirt to get inside. Keep it clean and covered and you will have no problem. If you are going to be spending some time outside there are some ways to try and avoid insect bites and stings. One is to wear proper clothing as many people suggest long pants and sleeves when going out into the woods. Wearing insect repellent is also a great idea. You can get repellent in many ways and most common are the many spray cans that allow you to easily spray yourself once over and the hopefully that will keep the insects away from you. Making sure to not set things out that will attract insects can help keep them away as well. Leaving food out is something that will attract many insects to the area so keep your area clean and you should have less problems with insects there. Insect bites and stings can be painful and annoying, but for the most part are generally harmless. With proper care you can live a happy and healthy life and not have to worry about little insect bites.