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How To Prevent The Sting Of Summer

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Summer is finally here! Warm weather, picnics, trips to the beach, swimming, hiking and playing outside until the sun goes down are all in order. This is an ideal time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. With all these outdoor adventures come a few necessary precautions. Safety for you and your family is always an important part of enjoying summer fun and mother nature. Keeping your family safe from stinging insects like wasps, bees, hornets and yellow jackets is a must. Stinging insects are a big part of the summer season and are pests that you definitely want to try your best to avoid. 

Wasps, bees, hornets and yellow jackets all have one thing in common, they are stinging pests. Though small, these pest's stingers sure pack a powerful punch. Unless they feel threatened, most stinging insects will not bother you. If you find yourself confronted by a yellow jacket or bumble bee, the best thing to do is stay calm. However, easier said than done, right? Often times people's fight or flight instinct kicks in when faced with these pests. Next thing you know you find yourself running and swatting at the air in a panic in an effort to get the stinging insect away. Although this behavior may feel like the appropriate course of action to take it actually does more harm than good. When a reaction to a stinging insect involves panic, swatting of the arms and screaming, the bee or hornet is likely to feel threatened which will increase your chances of getting stung. 

If you have been stung by a stinging insect, then you know their stings can be very painful. A sting from a stinging insect will normally result in a red, welt on your skin and can be sore for a few days. However, if you are allergic to a bee, wasp, hornet or yellow jacket sting, it can be much more serious and life threatening. If you are having an allergic reaction to a sting you should seek medical attention immediately. Also, if you have a run in with a hive and have received multiple stings you should seek medical attention. These stings can cause severe swelling and possible asphyxiation. 

If you are heading outdoors to enjoy this wonderful summer weather, make sure you take some precautions to help keep stinging insects away:

  • Do not wear sweet perfume. That flowery smell may attract insects to you.

  • Stay away from nests. Stinging insects tend to sting more if they feel threatened. Stay away from their nests or you may find a lot of angry stinging insects coming your way.

  • Keep food sealed. If you are eating outside, keep food and drinks sealed so you do not attract any unwanted stinging pests.

  • Have a professional help. Calling a professional pest exterminator to deal with a nest near your home is the best and safest solution for dealing with these pests

Get out and enjoy this nice summer weather while it lasts and don't hesitate to call a professional if stinging insects are posing a problem for you!v 

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