When bees or wasps such as hornets or yellow jackets are mentioned, many people talk about one fear; getting stung. A sting by any of these flying insects can cause pain for several hours after the initial sting. For those who are allergic, it can even be a life threatening situation. A-Tex Pest Management is here to help you be more aware of stinging insects, and how to avoid their sting. There are several ways you can avoid the sting of wasps, bees and yellow jackets. Most of these tips and tricks don’t require a lot of work, just a little bit of thought.
Wear Light Colored Clothing that Wasps Aren’t Attracted to
By in large, bees and other stinging insects are not as drawn to light colored clothing as they are dark or bright colors. This is especially true for bright floral prints. You don’t want a bee to mistake you for a flower garden. By wearing lighter colored clothing, you are less likely to attract bees.
Avoid Perfumes & Lotions as they Attract Stinging Insects
When spending time outdoors, you should avoid wearing sweet smelling perfumes and lotions. Bees especially are attracted to sweet smelling things, like flowers. You don’t want them to be attracted to you because you smell similar to the nectar they are trying to find.
Be Aware of Wasps When Outdoor Dining
Nothing says summer like eating your dinner outside or having a BBQ on your back patio. When you decide to eat outside, beware of bees and wasps. If you are eating any foods that are high in sugar, like fruit or desserts, they will be attracted to it. Before you pick up your drink, especially if it is something like a can of soda, make sure a wasp or bee hasn’t climbed inside to sneak a taste themselves.
Always Wear Shoes to Avoid Wasp Stings
There are some stinging insects, like yellow jackets and bees, that actually build their nests underground. When you walk around without shoes on, you run the risk of stepping on one and in turn, getting stung.
Listen for Buzzing Bees
Often, when bees, wasps, or other stinging insects are angry or agitated, their buzz will all of a sudden get louder. If you are spending time outside, and you hear the loud buzzing of a bee all of a sudden, you may want to watch closely for a bee or wasp. It is wise to leave the area when you hear their buzz get louder out of nowhere.
Sit Still if a Bee or Wasp Lands On You
If you by chance, have a bee or wasp land on you, your first reaction might be to swat at it. This couldn’t be farther from the right thing to do. This will make the wasp or bee feel threatened which is when they are the most dangerous. By remaining calm, it will most likely fly away and find what it’s really looking for on its own. If you lightly blow on the bee it can help encourage it to move on as well.
Stinging Insect Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
If you find you have a problem with bees, wasps, or other stinging insects this summer, it is best to call a professional for removal. The health risk that can be involved with a sting by any of these insects isn’t worth trying to remove them on your own. A-Tex Pest Management has trained technicians with the proper tools to remove stinging insects safely and completely. Call us today for an appointment.