Summer is here, and with summer comes a lot of bugs, like hornets and yellow jackets. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room annually. We want to keep you and your family away from the hospital this summer, and these tips from the NPMA will help you avoid some of those stingers!
Protect Yourself with These Tips!
Seal cracks and crevices: Seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep these pests from moving indoors, and regularly inspect around the yard and along the perimeter of the house for nests.
Keep food covered: During a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside and be sure to keep tight fitting lids on trash bins.
Avoid excessive use of fragrances: If spending long periods of time outdoors, avoid excessive use of perfume or cologne, as yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. When possible, choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions and sunscreen is also ideal.
Adjust wardrobe: Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, since these patterns can attract stinging insects. Wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas where hornets and other pests often nest.
Remain calm, cool and collected: Do not swat a nearby pest or flail in panic—these movements may actually provoke an attack. Instead, remain calm and slowly walk away from the area. The insect should fly away without causing any harm.
Enjoy your summer, and stay safe!