5 WAYS TO AVOID BUG BITES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES

Applying Insect RepellentAll of summer’s beauty wouldn’t be the same without nature’s most nightmare-ish creations rudely interrupting our work. While most bites are a harmless nuisance, causing swelling and irritation, sometimes, a bite can be dangerous. It’s important to know prevention techniques as well as how to act in case of a dangerous bite.

As mosquitoes and other insects begin to make their homes on our sites, there is no better time to visit some safety tactics to lessen your chance of getting stung or bitten.

1. Avoid scented deodorants and sprays.
Insects are attracted to the appealing scent of various grooming products. Try to keep those products to a minimum if you will be working outside.

2. Tighten the lids on food and drink containers.
For the same reason as above, ensure that your containers are sealed tight and put in a safe area.

3. Watch out for nests and hives.
Pay close attention to your work site. Perform a hazard assessment before you start you work, and if you locate a nest or hive, alert your supervisor and let the rest of your team know of its location.

4. Wear long gloves.
Covering as much of your body as much as possible will help keep you safe from bites.

5. Wear insecticide.
We saved the most obvious for last. There are several different types but if you have sensitive skin, there are natural products available.

Bug bites become a cause for concern if individuals have allergies, or if the insect is venomous. To protect yourself, you should be aware of your allergies. If you require an EpiPen, let your team (and your superintendent) know and demonstrate how to use it properly. While venomous spider bites are uncommon, they are a possibility. If you start to feel muscle cramping, nausea or soreness around the area, seek medical attention immediately.   

Your local weather report will provide information about various insect populations near you.