Although the weather has been more pleasant this year with an early spring that followed a generally mild winter, it seems that some of the common spring and summer pests have also made an early arrival. Stinging insects are one of the nuisance pests that we commonly find buzzing around our head or our property in the late spring and early summer. But this year, the experts in St. Louis pest control at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions have noticed that the stinging insects including bees, hornets, and wasps are already active.
Some stinging insects pose threats to humans as they can leave painful stings and cause allergic reactions in severe cases. Not all are aggressive stingers, but when they feel threatened, watch out because they could attack. If you do get stung by any of the stinging insects it is important to try to remove the stinger to help prevent further swelling, itching, and burning. You can remove the stinger gently with tweezers and then clean the infected area. Icing is also helpful to prevent swelling and stinging.
Although not as common, some people experience more severe reactions from bee, wasp, or hornet stings. It is possible, and especially if you are stung more than once, that you could experience an allergic reaction to the venom that is released in a sting. Some people experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, dizziness, or fainting. If any of these reactions occur it is important to seek medical attention immediately as allergic reactions can be fatal. Those with serious allergies to stinging insects should carry around an epinephrine pen to be safe and to prevent any potential serious, life threatening reactions.
In order to avoid the sting of the bees, wasps and hornets who have arrived early this year it is important to prevent nesting of such insects on your property. Contact your local Missouri pest control company right away if you are noticing an up rise of stinging insects swarming around your property. Attempts to destroy bees nests alone are not a good idea and could result in a trip to the emergency room, which is not exactly an ideal way to spend a day.
For more information on bees, wasps, and hornets in St. Louis, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today!