During warm weather, coming into contact with stinging insects is a fact of life whether you're hiking on a weekend outing or having a barbecue in your own backyard. This is when they come out in force to share many of the outdoor spaces that you enjoy with your family.
Unfortunately, flying insects that have the ability to sting can cause quite a disturbance for many people. It's disconcerting enough to have them buzzing around your head and body, but they may also cause a painful sting or a serious allergic reaction in some people. For people who know they're allergic to bee or wasp stings, doctors often recommend they carry a dose of epinephrine in a needle injector to prevent a person from going into anaphylactic shock, a very serious allergic reaction.
Bees and wasps differences
Paper wasps, hornets and yellow jacket wasps - which resemble honey bees - nest above ground or, in the case of yellow jackets, just below ground level. They can all sting and become aggressive, but only yellow jackets are likely to scrounge for food near humans.
Limit stinging insects' opportunities
If stinging insects establish nests in your home or in a tree close to the house, it's time to call a professional pest control service like Abell Pest Control to determine the best plan of action - removal or eradication. Either a pest management expert or a beekeeper can remove the nuisance insects, but the hive must go as well. If left to decay, it will eventually draw other pests such as ants, cockroaches, wax moths and dermestid beetles.
To limit the opportunities for bees and wasps to search for food near your home, always keep a lid on trash cans and recycling containers. Keeping the trash cans clean and lining them with plastic bags will minimize the chance that these pests will come looking for nourishment on your property.