Stinging Insect Season is Upon Us
Late summer into fall is stinging insect season in Pennsylvania. Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Wasps are all in season right now and causing painful stings to people and pets.
These insects are a problem now because their colonies are at or close to maximum size so the number of insects that are available to cause stings is also high. Other factors come into play as well. As the weather changes, food sources for these insects change or begin to die off, and this causes more aggressive feeding to occur. Most species of stinging insects are social insects meaning that they operate as a colony with a queen or multiple queens directing each member of the colony to their respective jobs using insect pheromones to communicate. These colonies have insects (workers) that go away from the nest and forage for food for the queens and the other individuals in the colony. Some individuals never leave the nest since their job is to care for the queen, the eggs that have been laid, and to care for any larvae. It is the workers that are responsible for stinging people and pets.
How do you protect yourself from getting a painful or even life threatening sting at this time of year? Around your home take a walk around to try to find the nests that these insects build. Start at ground level and look for yellow jacket and bumble bee nests. These nests are usually found under a rock, low lying shrub, or other object that offers them some protection. Continue to look up to the upper floors of the home for any stinging insect activity such as a paper nest made by hornets or for insects entering and leaving through a small opening around windows or eves. Check the trees around you home for these nests as well. Look at the tree to find insect activity. Don’t shake the tree or disturb the area since this will cause the insects to attack you.
If you are entertaining outdoors a good suggestion is to use cups for beverages rather than cans or bottles. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet beverages and also to beer as well. Every year people are stung in their mouth or throat and die if the bee venom is injected in their throat. The venom can cause swelling to the extent that the person cannot breath and may die without immediate medical care. Cups allow your family and guest to see if any insect got into their drink before they attempt to drink from it and prevent serious stings.
Treating for these stinging insects is not for the homeowner but for a pest management professional. The service techs at Pest Control Technicians are thoroughly trained to treat stinging insect nests to minimize anyone getting stung in the process. Remember, bees, wasps and hornets will swarm out of the nest in large numbers if the colony is disturbed. Keep your family and pets safe if you find a stinging insect nest, call Pest Control Technicians, Inc right away for fast, effective bee, wasp, and hornet elimination service.
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