A No Stings Summer
Summer is when stinging insects thrive, and Missourians need to take the proper precautions to keep wasp infestations at bay. While some stinging insects are beneficial to our environment, such as bees, others – including wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets – can pose a threat to people and structures.
Stinging insects can nest in a variety of locations: trees, bushes, cavities in the ground, attics, crawlspaces, gutters, sheds, building overhangs, and decks.
Most stinging insects as avid colony builders. For example, yellowjacket colonies can host upward of 5,000 insects, and a honey bee colony can reach the size of a small city in excess of 20,000.
Bees tend to be very docile, while other stinging insects like hornets and wasps are very aggressive. According to the National Pest Management Association, allergic reactions to insect stings send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room annually. If you have an infestation, it needs to be taken care of immediately.
Chilton’s recommends the following tips to help you protect your family and pets from stinging insects:
- Seal Cracks and Crevices: Seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep these pests from moving indoors, and inspect around the yard and along the perimeter of the house regularly for nests
- Keep Food Covered: During a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside, and be sure to keep tight-fitting lids on trash bins
- Avoid Excessive Use of Fragrances: If spending long periods of time outdoors, avoid excessive use of perfume or cologne, as yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. When possible, choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions, and sunscreen
- Adjust Your Wardrobe: Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, since these patterns can attract stinging insects. Wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas where hornets and other pests often nest
- Remain Calm, Cool, and Collected: Do not swat a nearby pest or flail in panic – these movements may actually provoke an attack. Instead, remain calm and slowly walk away from the area. The insect should fly away without causing any harm
If you have problems with stinging insects in and around your home, call Chilton’s today! Life is too short to be bugged, or stung!!!
Original post by Clark Pest