Take the “Sting” Out of Spring and Summer

Up close picture of hornets

European hornets building their nest

If you’re like me, the fear of buzzing, stinging insects is greater than any other pest on the planet. Ok well, maybe being in a locked room with a rabid raccoon may be a little more terrifying. But the pain inflicted by stinging insects is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. As spring approaches, these annoying pests are out in full force. Happily building their nests and colonies around your home to catch you while you are unsuspectingly going on about your day. If you happen to notice an abundance of bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets buzzing around your home, it may be time to contact a professional exterminator. But if you think the problem is manageable on your own, there are some easy steps to follow to make sure that you avoid having to take the proverbial “sting” out of spring and summer.

Don’t stand out:

If you plan on spending a substantial amount of time outside, it is best to stay away from bright colors and floral smelling scents such as perfumes and sprays. Stinging insects will think that you might be a flower and will be very curious as to what you might be all about.

Don’t use cups:

If you happen to be out enjoying a BBQ, picnic, pool party or some other sort of social gathering outside. It is best practice to drink out of bottles that have sealable tops. Cups with open tops, cans and pitchers attract insects by their smell. Almost everyone has heard stories of someone swallowing a wasp or being stung in the mouth when one of these annoying pests decides to climb down into their drink.

Stay calm:

Stinging insects are generally more afraid of you than you are of them (hard to believe, I know). If you try to swat them away or run, you can easily provoke these pests into an aggressive behavior. The goal is to be completely still or walk away slowly. They will more than likely follow suit once they realize that their curiosity has gotten the better of them.

Shoes belong on your feet: Walking around barefoot in the grass is one of the best feelings in the world. Until you walk over a clover patch that honey bees are gathering pollen in or you walk over a nest in the ground. Walking barefoot over one the previous scenarios is terrifying to say the least, so do both yourself and your feet a favor this spring and summer. Keep your shoes on when walking around outside.

Keep windows closed:

Leaving your windows open is a great way to escape the sweltering heat when you get back into your car from running errands, etc. But it also leaves an opening for stinging insects to make their way into your vehicle or home. Once the pest realizes they are trapped they will become much more aggressive and prone to stinging you while driving. Let’s face it, who needs anymore distractions while driving anyways?

Be sure to contact a professional pest control expert if you happen to have any questions about taking care of stinging insects or any other pests in or around your home. They will provide you with not only a free estimate, but peace of mind as well.