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How to Avoid Insect Stings

Hornet - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

One way to avoid stings is to wear an effective insect repellant, but here are a few extra tips...

1) Insects are attracted to bright colours, because brightly coloured flowers provide them with their food. If you wear colours like green, brown or khaki you are more likely to be ignored.

2) Flowers often give off a strong scent to attract insects. Perfumes, after shaves, body lotions and hairsprays have the same effect.

3) Insects, like us, are attracted to foodstuffs, particularly sweet things. When you're out walking carry all your food in airtight containers so the insects can't smell it.

4) If you get attacked by a swarm of bees, run to a wooded area. The twigs and foliage will slow them down.

5) If a bee or wasp flies into your car, carefully pull over to the side of the road and open all the windows. This will give the insect a better chance to escape.

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