There are many things that make summer great, and Missouri has almost all of them. If you love to fish, there is a waterhole or river that will be just right for you. If you love nature walks, there are countless trails filled with wildflowers, foliage, and diverse fauna. If you like boating, hiking, swimming, sunbathing, mountain biking, and more, you're going to love summer in Missouri. But there are a few drawbacks to summer. One of them is the reappearance of stinging insects. Here are some tips to help you and your family prevent stings.
When it comes to protecting your home from stinging pests, your frontline defense is insect screens. Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good working condition. Remember that it only takes a small hole for bees, wasps, and hornets to get in.
Do an inspection of your exterior walls to look for the presence of stinging insects. They will appear near gaps, openings, holes, or nests that have been created on your walls. If you see insects entering or exiting your home, or if you find a nest, contact a professional. Professionals have the equipment and education to remove stinging insect threats with little or no impact on your family or the environment.
Seal entry points in exterior walls to keep these and other insects out.
Controlling food sources can help to reduce the populations of stinging pests in your yard. You are probably aware that bees, wasps, and hornets feed on the nectar found in flowers and flowering plants but what you may not know is that some stinging pests feed on protein. If you have open trash cans they will attract protein-eaters. If you have a high population of bugs in your yard, stinging pests will take notice. Reducing bugs and addressing attractants such as open trash and other food sources will help to reduce pests that sting.
When you go outside to enjoy your yard or go somewhere else to enjoy time outside, use these tips to prevent stings:
- Refrain from wearing perfumes when out in nature. These attract insects that feed on sweet nectar.
- Keep food and drinks covered and sealed to keep the smells contained.
- Be aware that stinging pests build nests both high and low. Don't let yellow jackets surprise you by coming out of a hole or the bottom of a tree. Be on the continual lookout for insect activity.
- Avoid wearing dark colors or floral prints when out in nature.
- If a stinging insect comes near, refrain from swinging your arms, and move quickly away.
If you live in St. Louis or our extensive Missouri service area, Give us a call to learn more about ongoing residential pest control.