If you want to avoid a sting from a yellow jacket and other insects, we’ve got some ideas. Read on!
Benjamin Franklin once said, “The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting,”. He knew that getting stung by a bee is no fun. In fact it’s so painful that over 500K people a year are treated in ERs for stings and that’s not counting the folks for whom bee stings trigger a severe allergic reaction.
Yellow jackets are very common in our area and are usually recognized by their yellow and black markings. But despite their names, some species have black and white or red coloring. They’re pretty versatile when it comes to nest building, too, and you’ll find them in the ground, in shrubs, or on the outside of buildings. They may sting, sometimes aggressively, and sometimes more than once. If they feel threatened they are more likely to sting, so if you see a nest don’t approach. We’ve got a variety of ways to defeat the yellow jacket, as well as other wasps and hornets, which include nest removal, treating the ground nests with pesticide or an aerosol spray to treat a nest that is high off the ground.
What can you do until the Siani truck pulls up to rid your property of stinging insects? Follow these tips!
● Keep your decks and wooden porches painted or stained. This will keep out carpenter bees. Only female carpenter bees sting, but we still don’t like those odds.
● When eating outside, keep food covered, especially sweets!
● Make sure your trash is securely bagged in a covered container.
● Pay attention to your hair, skin and soap products and what scents they have. Sweet and strong scents will draw bees, wasps and other insects to you.
● Wasps are known to be aggressive, and can sting unprovoked. Sometimes the colony can be home to over 15,000 insects so give them wide berth and call a pest control specialist.
● Bonus tip: We like the feeling of grass between our toes as much as the next guy but wearing shoes is a great way to avoid the stinging insects that may be lurking in your grass.
Despite being super careful, it’s inevitable that someone will get stung this summer, but we hope we’ve at least given you a fighting chance to avoid a sting!