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Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease$
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Daniel Strickman, Stephen P Frances, and Mustapha Debboun

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365771.001.0001

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Will It Hurt?

Will It Hurt?

Toxic Stings and Bites

(p.230) 13 WILL IT HURT?
Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease

Daniel Strickman

Stephen P. Frances

Mustapha Debboun

Oxford University Press

Unlike the bloodsucking arthropods, the venomous arthropods bite or sting humans in self‐defense. Most of the scorpions, spiders, centipedes, wasps, ants, and bees avoid people. Some species like to live close to human activity, which makes occasional bites or stings inevitable. In a few parts of the world, bites and stings are a major public health problem. Avoiding problems with venomous arthropods involves source reduction, very occasional use of pesticides, protective clothing, and careful avoidance. These arthropods do a lot of good ecologically, so that wholesale destruction is not a good idea.

Keywords:   venomous, scorpion, spider, centipede, wasp, ant, bee, arthropod

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