Owing to lack of relevant reporting mandates, there are no clear epidemiological statistics on insect bites and stings. Biting and stinging insects are globally ubiquitous (with the exception of Antarctica) but are more common in warmer climates and during summer months. In the summer, more encounters are probably due to people being outdoors and bugs being more plentiful. However, exposures may present to practitioners at any time of the year. Some insects are more active during certain times of the day.

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