CORNWALL, N.Y., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Unless you have a serious allergy, bees are generally an annoying summer nuisance that can threaten outdoor BBQ guests and campers with painful stings. However, before you reach for the insecticide, a leading health climatologist says to protect the bees and kill the stings instead. "These hard-working creatures pollinate just about all of the world's species of flowering plants, including vegetables and fruit," explains Larry Kalkstein, Ph.D., professor of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Sciences, University of Miami and expert for Sting-Kill® topical sting and bite relief. "Without their labors, we would lose one third of all we eat."
That doesn't mean you need to suffer from a painful sting, which can last for hours and result in itch, pain and swelling. "To relieve the itching and pain of the sting, you first need to quickly and carefully remove the stinger which has an attached venom sac," explains Kalkstein. "The longer the stinger remains in the skin, the more venom is pumped into the skin. Do this by scraping with your fingernail or the edge of a credit card," he adds.
Once the stinger is completely removed, numb the resulting pain and itch with Sting-Kill® (www.Sting-Kill.com), the number-one choice of pharmacists for bee stings and insect bites. Available in single applications (wipes or disposable swabs), Sting-Kill's concentrated anesthetic formula is non-greasy, non-staining, and provides fast relief of pain and itching upon contact. "When it comes to sting pain and itch, you want real medicine at the site of the sting(s)," Dr. Kalkstein advises.
Dr. Kalkstein and the experts at Sting-Kill offer these additional tips to keep outdoor activities enjoyable:
- "Bee" Hospitable: Believe it or not, the same sweet, delicious smells that you enjoy are also very appealing to unwanted guests of the stinging variety. Put out a small plate of whatever you're serving away from the area you'll be entertaining about an hour before your human guests arrive (preferably something sweet, like BBQ sauce). Once the bees discover this snack away from the crowd of swatting arms, they will less likely buzz around your feast. Bees and wasps are highly social insects and communicate with each other, relaying direction and distance of nectar and pollen sources, and yes, whatever you're serving. Once they spread the word, these stinging insects will flock to your 'decoy' plate instead of your own.
- "Bee" On the Look Out: Before entertaining outdoors, be sure to check the area for possible nests. To prevent yellow jacket and bee infestations near where you entertain, keep holes and entry spaces in wood decks and siding caulked. Each nest can grow to more than 2,000 insects.
- "Bee" Vigilant: Be sure to keep any food containers outdoors tightly closed to avoid giving off an inviting scent. Use cups with lids when serving sugared drinks, such as soda, iced tea or lemonade. Never drink from an unattended soda or beer can, as bees sometimes venture inside when left unattended.
- "Bee" Smart: Avoid using perfume/cologne, scented hairsprays, scented deodorants, scented candles, etc., when outdoors.
- "Bee" Careful: Those people who have systemic reactions to bee or wasp stings should carry a prescribed epinephrine injection at all times. Once injected, it will help counteract the allergic reaction, allowing more time to seek immediate medical attention. If you experience shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness and other abnormal symptoms after a sting, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
About Randob Labs, Ltd.:
Sting-Kill®, Fire Out®, and Dormin® Sleep-Aid are manufactured for and distributed by Randob Labs, Ltd., an independent pharmaceutical company founded in 1979 located in Cornwall, NY. Sting-Kill, available at Tractor Supply Company, Menards, Stop & Shop, Giant, ShopRite and Amazon.com, is the number one choice among pharmacists for itch and pain relief from bee stings, insect bites, and jellyfish stings, etc.
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