May 14, 2013
Stinging insects such as yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and bees are common summertime pests and their stings can be more than just a painful nuisance. The National Pest Management Association reports that stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. Those with allergies to stings are most at risk, although anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting at once.
One way to protect yourself and your family from stinging insects this summer is to ensure your property is free from hives and nests. On a routine basis, walk around the exterior of your home, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches, and decks for nests. Also inspect shrubs, trees, sheds, and other structures. If you do find a nest on your property, do not attempt to remove it on your own. The colony can become defensive and attack en masse. Instead, contact Pest Ops in order to relocate or remove the hive in a safe manner.
Some stinging insects pose more serious threats than others. To determine the risk to your family, you will need to identify the species. With our trained technicians, Pest Ops will be able to properly identify a pest species and its threats.
“Stinging insects pose a major health concern for families around the country, and these are the months when you are at the greatest risk,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “It is important to take certain precautions to ensure that you are not their next victim.”
Experts at NPMA offer numerous tips for preventing stinging insects and treating stings:
- Hire a trained pest professional to destroy hives and nests around the home.
- Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home.
- Keep trashcans covered and sealed.
- When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat.
- If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet. Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
- Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes, and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
Henriksen advises, “A licensed pest professional will be able to use an integrated pest management approach around the home to inspect, treat, and keep stinging insects at bay while giving homeowners the peace of mind they need to enjoy their backyards while the warmer temperatures stick around.”
Remember, it is not advised to attempt to remove a stinging insect nest on your own, and doing so can be extremely dangerous. Instead, work with Pest Ops to assess your property and the nest to determine the best way to eliminate the threat to your family. To schedule an appointment, click here or call our office at (865) 966-0750.