Bee/Wasp Safety

We all encounter bees and wasps in the summer months.  It is important to know how to respond to these encounters.  See this article for tips.

Sharon Childers

From yellow jackets to hornets to wasps, there are plenty of pests to be aware of during the warm weather months. Should you be unfortunate enough to encounter one of these insects try to remain calm. Don’t jump around and wave your arms. Doing so only makes these pests angry and invokes their instinct to sting.

Beware of Insect Stings

If you have known allergies to insect stings, be sure to carry your insect sting kit when in the outdoors. If you are stung, activate your necessary emergency services; use a credit card to sweep away the stinger, and contact medical personnel if necessary.

Avoiding Bees, Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

• Don’t wear perfume or scented lotions

• Avoid brightly colored clothing, which may look like the color of flowers to an insect. Shiny objects should also be avoided – they often appear to be water reflections to stinging insects. Whenever possible, wear tan, khaki and dark-colored clothes.

• Identify nests and relocate or destroy them. It is best to do so in the early morning or late evening when there is little activity in the nest.

• Don’t leave sugary drinks outside unattended, and use covered containers to limit their scent. It doesn’t take a yellow jacket long to find a warm soda sitting in the sun. Don’t throw unconsumed drinks in the grass either. It is best to take them inside and pour them out in the sink.

• Don’t sit or stand near trash cans, fallen fruit, or other wasp/yellow jacket feeding sites.

• Don’t swat or move rapidly when a wasp visits you or your food – move slowly away.

• Don’t approach a nest; if you do disturb a nest, run away from attacking wasps.

• Clean up food and drink refuse, clean trash cans, and fit them with a tight lid to reduce wasp visits.

• Never play with a beehive. Bees will protect their home by stinging you. A large beehive may contain as many as 50,000 bees, which can result in many stings and dangerous, even deadly, reactions.

Being safe around insects is no accident. Be safe. Take note of the topics and recommendations discussed in this bulletin. We encourage you to put them into practice – doing so helps ensure your safety.

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