There are two ways to deal with the stinging and biting little creatures: avoid them or learn to live with them. If you choose to leave your bedroom, you will be precluded from the former course of action. That leaves you with, generally, forms of treatment.

* Mosquito Bites: Don't scratch 'em. That spreads infection. Use ice, nature's own remedy, or one of the drugstore anesthetics. A good new one sold at camping stores for $3.25 is Sting Eze, which gives fairly quick relief with a drop or two.

* Stings in General: The same anesthetics, plus calomine lotion. Patricia Randall of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases recommends a paste made of baking soda and water applied heavily on the area. Some outdoor-types swear by cool mud.

* Repellents: Modern lotions and sprays contain DEET, or diethyltoluamide, in varying strengths. Some use indalone, dimethyl carbate or methyl phthalate. There is no repellent for the Hymenoptera, the bees and their pals.

* Clothing: Keep it tight at cuff and ankle on the trail, and wear plenty of it. About bees: light colors and white don't anger them, black and dark colors do. They will take a peek at your printed dress, but won't necessarily sting. Perfume and cologne drive them crazy. They also come around to look at jewelry and bright colors.