Summertime Tips from Exterminators on How to Handle Stinging Insects
It’s livelier in the summertime with homes everywhere getting decked out for barbecues, pool parties, and family reunions—any excuse to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the company of friends and family. However, there may be unwelcome guests at your party every now and then, and pests—mosquitoes, ants, and wasps—are the top party crashers of the season.
Out of all the common household pests in San Diego, the most tormenting of these are stinging insects like bees, yellowjackets, and hornets. These evasive, flying critters tend to proliferate and become aggressive every summer and fall as they start to forage and store food to prepare for the winter months.
How do you handle these stinging insects when they start making their presence known? Heed these tips from the local exterminators:
Like other pests, stinging insects are more than irksome eyesores; they hover, or march into your home, where they forage for food and lay their eggs. Their stings can be painful, and in some individuals, can cause severe allergic reactions. These insects can also make their nests or hives in entryways or other parts of the home, causing alarm and uneasiness to residents, and damage to property.
The best way to avoid these infestation problems is to make your home unattractive and inaccessible to these pests. Frequently throw out your garbage and leftovers, and clean every nook and cranny of your home, especially surfaces where you prepare or serve food, and areas where spills happen often. You don’t want to feed these insects, and attract hordes of their kind. Maintain your home, and you will prevent creating conditions that can trigger their aggressiveness.
If your windows or screens are broken and if there are other possible entry points for the bugs, patch them up properly to prevent infestations indoors. Drain containers that accumulate standing water or puddles in your yard. For your own protection, avoid excessive fragrances that these critters can be drawn to, and apply EPA-approved insect repellents.
Although there are various pesticides that are made for consumers, these chemicals can still be hazardous if you don’t use them properly, such as when kids or pets access them by accident. Better leave the pest control to a professional exterminator, such as an Antac Pest Control technician. Aside from utilizing the proper techniques and administering pesticides effectively, an expert can also advise you as to the precautions to take or protection you need while the pest control treatment is being carried out.
Safe Ways to Control Pests Around Your Home, NRDC
Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control, EPA
5 Tips to Enjoy a Pest-Free Backyard BBQ, PestWorld.org