• Almost everyone has been stung or bitten by an insect at one time or another. Besides being annoying pests, some insects can carry dangerous diseases such as malaria and yellow fever in certain parts of the world. Others, such as honeybees, can cause a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis in those sensitive to their venom.

  • Individually, there are a number of things you can do to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and black flies: Wear suitable clothing. Dark colours tend to attract the insects so, choose light-coloured, loose-fitting garments tucked into your clothing and boots to prevent the smaller insects from crawling underneath.

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