The summer season is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean the insects are. Bees, wasps and hornets become more active toward the end of summer posing potential danger. Unfortunately, the insects that have been busy pollinating your garden during the summer are running out of food and, as a result, may enter your home.
Bees, wasps and hornets prey on insects that can be harmful to your gardens and plants. As summer comes to a close the food available to stinging insects becomes scarce, causing them to look for human food sources and hover around garbage cans, nesting in your yard, under outdoor decks and even the eaves of your house. When the stinging insects feel their nests are in jeopardy, they will sting, which can be a painful nuisance or cause outdoor workers to experience anaphylactic shock, posing serious dangers for homeowners and their families. There are a few precautions that homeowners can take to protect your family and guests from outdoor stings.
- Apply insect repellant. Many insect repellants have ready-to-use sprays. Sprays that contain 20-30% DEET work best. Avoid eyes and face when applying.
- If eating outdoors, don’t put food out until everyone is ready to eat and be sure to put it away after everyone has eaten.
- If a food or drink spill occurs, clean it up immediately.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing while performing yard work. Always wear gloves, shoes and socks and other items that fully cover and protect your body.
- If you have fruit trees, remove decayed fruit lying on the ground, as these insects are attracted to fruit lying on the ground.
- If being chased by a stinging insect, avoid sudden movements. Avoid swatting. This could cause the insect to feel threatened and become more aggressive.
- Drain any standing water. Empty wheelbarrows if you have them. Stagnate water provides a perfect breeding ground.
- Check garbage cans and ensure lids are tight-fitting.
The only true, safe way to remove the colonies and nests of stinging insects around your home is to consult a professional. Most do-it-yourself chemicals are ineffective and can provoke an attack. A pest control professional, like ScherZinger Pest Control, can help to locate nests and colonies that have established themselves in your yard and around your home and are armed with the tools and knowledge for safe, effective removal of stinging insects.