by Brenda and Jeffery Hardy Sr.
No doubt about it, summer is here, as evidenced by the humidity and high temperatures, reaching as high as 100 degrees on some days!
Typically with the onset of summer, the appearance of stinging insects, such as bees, wasp, hornets and yellow jackets, is very common. These stinging insects are not only pesky and annoying, but also pose various health risks that range from irritating to allergic reactions.
Fortunately, with the rise in temperatures this year, the stinging pest population has been lower. In fact, the hot temperatures and lack of rain has definitely affected the stinging pest population. That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear when it comes to these pesky insects.
Jeffery Hardy Sr., of Pest 2 Rest Pest Control, stresses that when it comes to stinging insects, the best way to avoid the associated health risks is to practice simple prevention and treatment tips.
For most people, painful stings typically result in swelling and local soreness to the affected area. However, some people experience more of an allergic reactions, breaking out in rashes and hives and in extreme cases, some may experience shortness of breath.
Some stinging insects are beneficial to plants and flowers, and they eat other harmful pest. Bees and yellow jackets rarely sting unless provoked; wasp can sting if they feel threatened.
Here are a few tips on dealing with those stinging pests:
- If one lands on you do not swat it, but instead blow it off gently from a distance.
- If you get stung, remove the stinger, clean area with soap and cold water and apply ice. Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream may help ease the pain
- If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as; wheezing, shortness of breath, swellings of the throat or tongue or a drop in blood pressure, call 911.
- If you are allergic to stinging pest, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
- Wear shoes especially in grassy areas.
- Paint/Stain untreated wood.
- Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes.
- Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn so if you are planning a barbeque plan on plenty of insect repellant and wear long sleeve or pants to avoid bites.
- If you notice an infestation or a hive contacts a licensed professional to remove it safely.
- Ants and flies are attracted to barbeque, keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers or coolers.
- Also keep up with trash removal, store garbage away from party and keep covered.
- Remove crumbs and spills from picnic table immediately.
- Remind guest to shut door behind them in order to keep pest out.
Following these simply safety precautions can help you avoid getting stung by one of those pesky stinging insects.