Stinging Insects Still on the Prowl as Summer Winds Down
Summer is nearing its end, but bees and wasps are in their most active state of the year. In late August they will search for food that will help them survive the winter. So, please keep caution to our stinging friends. They haven't gone away yet!
Most stinging insects are beneficial to our habitat, as they pollinate flowers and eat other harmful bugs. Remember that bees and yellow jackets will not sting unless provoked, so keep your distance and you should be safe. If you see an infestation or hive, in your gutters or on a tree, do not attempt to move it on your own. Call a professional pest control company to remove it for you.
Stings do send half a million Americans to the emergency room every year, but for most of us, a sting will just mean swelling and pain. If you do get stung, remove the stinger immediately and clean the area with soap and cold water. Afterwards, apply ice to the swelling. Consult with your doctor to learn if you can take a pain reliever or apply hydrocortisone ointment to helpreduce the reaction.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!