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Autumn brings stinging insects: Batter up and sting! Ouch! Autumn is known for many things. The kids are back in school, football season is about to begin, and the leaves paint a colorful canvas that we all look forward to every year. Until all those beautiful leaves fall on the ground and we have to rake them up. That’s not so fun.
Fall brings with it cooler temperatures, but it also brings an influx of stinging insects. This is because stinging insects colonies have reached their capacity, making them more aggressive than they were earlier in the summer.
Stinging insects, such as wasps, hornets, bees and yellow jackets have been busy all summer building their and fortifying their nest or colonies so that the queen can thrive and survive through the harsh winters. Think of it like the insects of winter proofing their homes, so by the time September rolls around they are out in full force to get the job done. The urgency to get the nest, hive or colony winter proved for the queen makes the insects more aggressive and stings are more frequent. Even if you do not intentional mean to disturb their home, they will attack. It’s best to take steps to avoid coming into contact with stinging insects this time of year.
The weather is wonderful for soccer games, outdoor activities and walks in the park. However, be mindful of your environment, especially around the outside of your home. There are some common sense precautions you can take to avoid being stung, such as wearing shoes outside so you don’t accidentally step on a stinging insect. It’s also a good idea to keep trash in closed garbage cans.
You might also cover food or drinks when you eat outdoors to avoid attracting stinging insects, and if one does start buzzing around you, do not swat at it. Swatting at the insect will only make it more aggressive.
Keep your windows and doors screened. Pay close attention to outdoor play sets also. Seek medical attention if you are stung because you might have a serious reaction.
There are some simple things that can help you identify what insect is buzzing around your head.
Reactions to stings, especially in children, can be severe. And, stinging insects are more aggressive in the Autumn months, particularly September, than any other time of the year. If they feel their nest or colony is being disturbed or threatened, they can swarm and you risk being stung.
If you notice stinging insects around your home or spot of nest or hive, contact Extermital Termite & Pest Control immediately at
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