Preventing insect bites and stings
There are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten or stung by insects.
For example, you should:
Remain calm and move away slowly if you encounter wasps, hornets or bees – don’t wave your arms around or swat at them.
Cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Wear shoes when outdoors.
Apply insect repellent to exposed skin – repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective.
Avoid using products with strong perfumes, such as soaps, shampoos and deodorants – these can attract insects.
Be careful around flowering plants, rubbish, compost, stagnant water, and in outdoor areas where food is served.
You may need to take extra precautions if you’re travelling to part of the world where there’s a risk of serious illnesses. For example, you may be advised to take antimalarial tablets to help prevent malaria.