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5 Prevention Tips For Stinging Insects

Have you ever been stung? It hurts, doesn’t it? You probably don’t want to experience that again. If you or your loved ones are allergic to one or more stinging insects, you probably want to avoid them at all cost. Preventing stings from stinging insects may sound hard, but luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid being a target while you’re out of doors.

1. Take care when you’re outside

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are you’ll come into contact with an insect that can sting you. Take care when exploring wooded areas, orchards, picnic areas, and gardens.

When you’re working outside, check under eaves, inside attics, around window frames, and vents, anywhere you think an insect may nest.

If you picnic outside, don’t put out your food until you’re ready to eat, and be sure to repack and seal your food once you are finished serving.

Go barefoot at your own risk. It’s possible that you may accidentally step on a bee. Open-toed shoes and sandals may also put you at risk.

Dress in muted colors, and avoid brightly colored clothing while outdoors. White and beige are good colors if you want to avoid stinging insects. If you’ll be in an area known for bugs, tuck long pants into boots or socks, and always wear gloves – especially when gardening.

2. Avoid sweet-smelling products

Lotions, perfumes, deodorants, shampoos, and aftershave can all attract insects that sting. Avoid these if at all possible while you’re outside.

3. Carry an insecticide

If you or your child is allergic to a particular insect, consider carrying a product that keeps them at bay.

When you see a stinging insect, don’t panic

Avoid running, flailing your arms, or purposefully annoying the bug. Move slowly and avoid rapid movements. If you’re being pursued, you may want to run until you’re safely indoors.

4. Employ preventative measures

Inspect for nests around your property often. Consider hiring a pest control service to do this for you; they’ll be able to identify which spots around your property are vulnerable.

Keep trash cans, recycling, and compost bins sealed tight.

If you have fruit trees, pick up any fruit that drops, and clean up any debris before it accumulates. Don’t allow decaying fruit, leaves, or any other yard waste to pile up.

Don’t leave unused yard equipment laying around the yard.

5. Contact a professional

If you spot a beehive, or any other stinging insect nest around your home or property, it may be time to call a professional. We at Primate Pest Elimination are a pet and kid friendly, family owned business, and we have the tools and know-how to help you prevent all kinds of stinging insects.