Tips To Protect Your Family From Stinging Insects This Summer


Have you ever sat down on a wasp? Have you ever stepped onto your balcony or deck only to be driven back inside by a stinging insect? Have you ever experienced a swarm or had a child come running into the house with wasps in their clothing? Are you familiar with the burning pain of a bee or wasp sting? There are many ways to accidentally run into stinging pests. While there isn't a lot you can do about being attacked by a swarm of agitated wasps, hornets, or bees at a baseball game or picnic area, it is a different story in your backyard. In your backyard, there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from stinging insects.

8 Tips For Stinging Pests

  • One of the easiest ways to manage stinging pests is to make your yard less interesting to them. If you have no flowers, plants, or sweet smelling things in your yard, you'll have fewer stinging insects buzzing around. But, if flowers and plants are your thing, this is obviously not going to be ideal.
  • If stinging insects are common on your property, one of the best ways to protect your family is to make sure everyone knows to watch what they touch before they touch it. Stings often happen when a bee, hornet, or wasp is sat upon or accidentally compressed.
  • Some stinging insects, like the yellow jacket, are drawn to open trash. Putting your trash in sealed containers will reduce these insects in your yard.
  • Since stinging insects are drawn to flowers, they will be attracted to anyone who is wearing bright colors or smells sweet.
  • Fewer nests result in fewer accidental encounters with stinging insects. When you have a professional remove the nests from your yard, you'll also remove the potential for a swarm to occur.
  • Make sure your screens are in good working condition.
  • Be aware that going barefoot in your yard can result in accidental compression of a stinging insect that is hovering close to the ground.
  • If you, or someone in your family, see a stinging insect, be aware that fast swinging movements can provoke it. Keep your arms at your sides and move briskly away.

If you have a backyard event coming up, or you'd just like to reduce your chances of an unwanted encounter this summer, contact American Pest Solutions for a detailed inspection of your property and nest removal service. While stinging pests can be beneficial, it is best to have these pollinators come into your yard from somewhere else, rather than establish a nest on your property.