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Summertime means backyard gatherings for parties, celebrations, and barbeques. Even if you have a screened-in porch or covered patio, you’re likely to encounter stinging pests this summer at some point. Stinging pests such as wasps, bees, and hornets often build nests underneath patio furniture, in the eves of your home or porch roof, on playground equipment, or other structures left unused for any length of time. Unfortunately, people unknowingly disturb stinging insects, which results in getting stung. For some people, a wasp or hornet sting is just a painful disturbance, but it could invoke a life-threatening emergency for others. So today on the blog, AAA Termite & Pest Control shares how to avoid the dangers of stinging insects this summer so that you can reclaim your backyard.
Always wear shoes outside
Wearing shoes is an easy way to avoid stepping on a wasp or hornet and getting stung on your foot. Children, especially, should wear shoes when playing in the yard. Unless you’re poolside, wear shoes at all times while outside.
Inspect window and door screens
Stinging insects find their way indoors through damaged window and door screens. It is helpful if you inspect screens several times a year or when the seasons change. Other insects can easily enter your home through these openings, so it helps to check them often.
Keep trash cans covered and away from the house
Stinging insects often are attracted to sweet stuff, including leftovers in your trash. Avoid leaving food out on the counters or on your picnic tables. Store soiled trash in a garbage bag, and ensure the lids are tightly sealed on your outdoor bins.
Keep untreated wood stained or painted
Wasps are notorious for gnawing on rotten or unpainted wood to use for building nests. Inspect your home for signs of peeling paint or wood rot and take necessary steps to repair it.
Avoid wearing perfume outdoors
Just like stinging insects are attracted to sweets and nectar, they also like the smell of sweet perfumes. Avoid wearing cologne or perfume while outdoors. It’s best to wear unscented deodorant and use unscented body washes to be on the safe side.
Avoid swatting at stinging insects
One of the worst things you can do to stinging insects is make them mad by swatting at them. It’s best if you avoid swatting at stinging insects. Instead, walk away or go inside to avoid them.
Get medical attention if you are stung
If you suffer from a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to wasp or bee stings, seek medical attention immediately.
Hire a pest control company for stinging insect control near you in Memphis
The best way to minimize your risk of stinging insects this summer is to hire a professional pest control company to safely remove their nests around your property or inside your home.
Stinging Insect Control in Cordova and Memphis
Nothing can ruin your outdoor fun in the summer like getting stung by a wasp or other stinging insect. Therefore, if you find any wasp nests on your property or indoors, call a pest control company that you can trust, AAA Termite & Pest Control. You can reach our office by calling (901) 737-7378.