To continue our 2021 Summer Safety Campaign we want to highlight June’s key SEPI Safety topics, insect bites and wildlife awareness.  Learn to recognize the signs of the most common insect bites and wildlife safety tips on how you can stay safe during your summer outdoor adventures.



Insects are part of nature, but don’t let them ruin your outdoor adventures. Bug bites happen, see what you can prevent.


Repellents are extremely useful in keeping mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, fleas, chiggers and ticks away.

  • Lightly cover your skin. Frequent reapplication of repellent isn’t
  • Apply Sunscreen before bug
  • Don’t apply under clothing. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, clothing or both.
  • Wash your hands after applying, and don’t apply to the hands of small children.

MOSQUITO BITES. A slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating, which usually appears soon after being bitten. Mosquitos spread disease including Zika virus, West Nile Virus, malaria, Chikungunya virus and dengue.

SPIDER BITES. You’ll get a little bump on your skin. It might get red, itchy, and swell up a bit. Spider bites often take longer to heal than other insect bites, and they may affect skin tissues. It’s important to keep the bite clean to reduce the risk of infection.

BED BUG BITES. Look for multiple bite marks clustered together on the face, neck, arms, hands or any other body parts, especially after sleeping. The bites resemble mosquito bites and are often itchy and appear slightly swollen and red. Some people have no reaction to bed bugs and won’t notice bite marks. Bed bug bites don’t always show up immediately, and can take up to two weeks to develop in some people. Bed bugs don’t spread disease.

TICK BITES. You may notice a tick bite, because the tick is still attached. If it has dropped off, you might see a red spot or rash near the bite, which might itch and burn.

However, many tick bites don’t have symptoms. If you have a tick on your skin, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible using tweezers or a tissue. Then pull it out slowly and steadily without twisting. If you notice more severe, flu-like symptoms call your doctor. Ticks carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever.

FIRE ANT BITES. A fire ant sting often begins with an intense pinching or burning pain immediately after the sting. This pain is short-lived, lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Next comes itching or burning that may be mild or intense. Itching tends to get stronger over the next few days. Most stings heal on their own without treatment.



Keep it wild, keep it safe. The following tips can help you and your pet stay safe during outdoor adventures.

ALLIGATORS. Commonly found in lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands and other waterbodies. When temperatures rise, alligators’ metabolism increases and they begin moving around more as they seek food. Therefore, you’re more likely to see them.

  • Keep pets on a leash and a safe distance away from the water’s edge because pets can resemble alligators’ natural prey.
  • Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours and never allow your pet to swim in fresh or brackish water.

SNAKES. Snakes are generally shy animals and prefer to hide in dark areas, like cracks or crevices, or under logs and rocks.

  • When walking, playing or gardening, be conscious of where you put your hands and feet, so you don’t accidentally touch or step on a snake. Ask yourself, “Could a snake be there?”
  • Use a light at night.  Some snake species are most active at dusk or at night.
  • If you find a snake, do not try and pick up or kill it. Snakes are not aggressive so watch it from a safe distance.

WILD PIGS/BOARS. Although they appear shy, they are still wild animals and are unpredictable in behavior which could pose a risk to public safety.

  • Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed the animal.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal i.e. by using a flash while taking pictures of it.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.


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