Frequently asked questions

Why we are bitten by insects

There are several reasons why insects bite us: Mosquitoes bite because our blood supplies them with a protein that they need to lay their eggs. Wasps, bees and hornets, on the other hand, mostly sting because they feel threatened by us or because we are too close to something that attracts them, such as sweet drinks or food.

What happens in the body after an insect bite?

An insect bite activates the immune system and triggers a defence reaction in the body that releases histamine. This can lead to symptoms of inflammation such as itching, hives, and redness on the skin.

How can you avoid insect bites?

Clothing and cosmetics

  • Use insect repellent and long clothing to protect your skin.
  • Use fragrance-free shampoos or cosmetics.

House and garden

  • Attach insect screens to doors and windows.
  • Cool the air with an air conditioner or a fan. This calms aggressive insects.
  • Have a wasp or hornet’s nest on the house or in the garden professionally removed as soon as possible.

 

Outdoor dining

  • Cover your foods when eating outdoors.
  • Drink with a straw to avoid accidentally swallowing a wasp or bee.

Avoid being close to …

  • Trash cans and garbage cans.

Flowering plants, trees and bushes with fruits, because bees and wasps like to stay there.

What can you do if you've been stung?

Insect bites are annoying and uncomfortable, but they usually heal on their own and symptoms such as itching go away after a few days. To quickly relieve the acute itching, you can apply Bite&Sting™.