Summertime brings the birds and the bees and, as insect control companies are well aware, some bees and other stinging insects that can be dangerous. Every year, hundreds of people end up in emergency rooms dealing with injuries from all types of stinging or biting insect species.
The best way to avoid this problem and still enjoy your home and yard is with proper insect control. Follow the tips below from professional insect control services on how to protect yourself and your home from unpleasant and dangerous stings.
Many Species of Stinging Insects
While you may associate bees as being the primary summertime sting concern, there are many other stinging species to be concerned about. Some are not aggressive, while others can pose a threat to you and your family, such as those referenced below:
- Non-Aggressive Bees - Honeybees are typically mild-mannered and rarely sting unless defending their hives. Bumblebees are common in gardens and like honeybees, rarely sting unless their nests are threatened or they are provoked. Both honey and bumblebees are beneficial insects as they keep other pest populations down, so insect control may not be necessary. While carpenter bees are destructive to property and should be controlled, they also rarely sting unless provoked.
- Aggressive Bees - Yellow Jackets are a common and beneficial species of bees. Although they also do not sting unless provoked, they can be quite aggressive if disturbed. Africanized Killer Bees are extremely dangerous; any nests discovered should be dealt with by professional insect control services immediately.
- Wasps and Hornets - Wasps and hornets are also considered beneficial since they control other bug and pest populations. They are not usually aggressive unless provoked; however, their nests can be easily disturbed. Common species found around homes are paper wasps, mud daubers, baldfaced, and European hornets. Because wasps and hornets can be extremely aggressive if bothered and swarm in response to threats, it is best to call insect control companies to safely treat for these species and remove their nests from around your home.
How To Control the Sting
- Protect Your Home - Prevent the possibility that stinging species will enter and build nests in your home by sealing cracks, crevices, and other entry points. Repair damaged screens and pay close attention to access to attics, chimneys or other out-of-the-way places like beneath porches and decks, eaves, or behind outside light fixtures. Inspect your home exterior and yard, looking for nests and call local insect control companies if you find any.
- Protect Yourself - When outdoors, protect yourself by avoiding the use of floral fragrances that could attract stinging insects. Any food should be well covered, especially anything with sugar. Keep trash cans closed and away from places where people congregate outside. Darker colored and floral print clothing can attract bees, so think about what to wear if you will be outside. Protect your feet by wearing closed-toed shoes when outside.
Bees and other stinging species may not bother you and may not require insect control; they can be helpful in keeping down other pest populations. When their nests are disturbed, bees can become problematic, especially to those who may be allergic to their stings. If you notice nests around your home or see stinging species buzzing around, insect control services may be warranted. Local insect control companies can exterminate these species and remove nests, ensuring your backyard remains a sting-free zone!