With fall comes falling leaves, pumpkins, apple cider and….stinging insects?! Yes, it’s true! Fall is actually one of the busiest seasons for hornets in Missouri because their populations are at their peak and there are more hungry mouths in the hive to feed than ever before. You can see these insects darting around the exterior of your home, looking for food. They are especially noticeable when they crash your family picnic or BBQ and avoiding their stings can seem like quite a challenge. The Columbia pest control professionals at Rottler would like to offer you a few tips to keep you and your family protected from bees in Missouri and other stinging insects you may encounter this fall.
To avoid the sting of a stinging insect, follow these helpful tips:
When bringing food outdoors for a picnic or BBQ, keep it under wraps until it is time to eat. When finished eating put food into re-sealable plastic bags or hide it under mesh food protectors; if you leave food out, you may be attracting hungry stinging insects.
Examine your property and see if you can identify a wasp nest along the exterior of your home in protected places (soffits, under eaves, under decking). If you see a nest, don’t try to get rid of it on your own! This is best left to experienced St. Louis pest control pros!
Don’t wear scented perfumes or lotions and avoid wearing brightly colored clothing when spending time outdoors. Both of these things can attract stinging insects to your body.
If you have a stinging insect hovering near you, don’t become frantic. Making sharp movements may cause a wasp or hornet to feel threatened, which can make them become aggressive with you.
Never walk around outdoors without shoes on. Wasps like yellow jackets are well known for building their nests in the ground, which means you could get a nasty sting when you accidentally step on a nest built into the ground.
These tips can help you avoid the pain of a sting from bees, wasps and hornets. Sometimes, despite our best preventative measures, we still manage to get stung by these stinging insects. The best thing for you to do if you recognize a stinging insect nest on your property or even inside your home is to contact the pest control professionals at Rottler. Our trained and experienced technicians can identify any nests on your property and they have the tools and expertise to get rid of stinging insects quickly and safely to protect your family from their painful stings.