South Florida (August 4, 2014) – The summer season is a time to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors, but it’s also the time when stinging insects can make an appearance at picnics, cookouts and pool parties. Adam’s Pest Control, a pest management company servicing Jupiter, Tequesta, Abacoa, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, and Port Saint Lucie, warns that yellowjackets, wasps, hornets and other common stinging insects can pose an increased threat to one’s health. In fact, they send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year, according to the National Pest Management Association.
“From painful stings to severe allergic reactions, stinging insects can put a damper on summer fun,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist for Adam’s Pest Control. “Whether you plan to fire up the grill, go to the playground or relax by the pool this summer, it’s important to be aware of the risks posed by certain stinging insects.”
Below are the most common stingers people might encounter:
Yellowjackets – Yellowjackets are distinguished by the black and yellow color pattern banded across their abdomens. They are territorial and may sting repeatedly if threatened.
Bald-Faced Hornets – This species has a stout body colored in black and white (or pale yellow). They are considered beneficial because they prey on flies and other yellowjackets, but they are extremely aggressive. If they feel threatened or if their hive is disturbed, they will sting repeatedly. They build nests above ground, on lower branches of a tree or shrub.
Wasps – Wasps are not an aggressive species by nature, but they will sting if their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings.
“The best way to prevent an unwanted encounter is to exercise caution when outdoors. If you come in contact with a bee or wasp, do not swat it, as that may actually provoke an attack. Remain calm and the insect should fly away without causing harm,” added Tulp.
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