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Tips To Avoid Stings From Bees, Wasps, And Yellow Jackets This Summer


July 31, 2019

a small yellow and black wasp balancing along the rim of a drinking glass in a pennsylvania kitchen

Bees are an essential part of the ecosystem and the most important pollinator. Much of the food we eat exists, thanks to them. However, it's hard to see the positive traits of bees after you've just been stung. Bees can be a frustrating pest if their hive is too close to your home. Their stings are painful and can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.
 
Unfortunately, bees aren't the only insect with the ability to give a nasty sting. Wasps and yellow jackets are also common during the summer months. They often appear in search of food, especially foods that are high in sugar or protein. Once they find food, they may relocate their colony to your home or yard; building nests in the eaves of houses, on porches, or in attics. When this happens, you face a daily battle to avoid getting stung. Luckily, you're not alone in your struggle against stinging insects. Here are some tips that might help.

Tips to Avoid Getting Stung

Honey bees can only sting once since the action of stinging also kills them. Often people are stung by honey bees because of a lack of awareness. People often step on, sit on, or put their hand on a honey bee, getting stung in the process. Other stinging insects, like wasps and yellow jackets, are more aggressive and can sting multiple times. If wasps feel threatened, they will sting repeatedly in self-defense. Yellow jackets will also sting if they are under attack. Often yellow jackets build underground nests, so something as simple as mowing the lawn could send them on the offensive. When this happens, you could end up with several painful stings that can be dangerous if not treated.
 
The most important step to avoid being stung is to be aware. Watch for flying insects and take action if you see a nest on your property. One way to avoid attracting wasps is to keep food covered or put away. Never leave food  sitting outside, especially food that is high in sugar or has a strong smell. Avoid putting any strong scents on yourself as well; perfume or fruit scented lotions might attract wasps, yellow jackets, and bees. If you see a stinging insect near you, stay calm and move away slowly. Any sudden movement could make the insect feel threatened, causing it to sting you.

When Stinging Insects Build Nests Near Your Home

If bees, wasps, or yellow jackets do build nests on or around your home, there isn’t much you can do on your own. Attempts to move or destroy a nest can be dangerous, and you will likely be stung repeatedly in the process. Destroying nests yourself could also result in killing vital pollinators that are essential to the cycles of nature. You may not know the difference between honey bees and yellow jackets. Professional pest control technicians do know the difference and have the tools and experience necessary to relocate beneficial stinging insects, like honey bees.
 
If you have a stinging insect colony living on your property, call Green Pest Management. We service most of Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland, and Western New Jersey. Our pest control technicians will evaluate your situation and determine the right course of action. We will treat the current problem either by relocating or by eliminating the nest. We will then help you decide what steps to take moving forward to ensure the insects don't return. At Green Pest Management we offer solutions that last.

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