Are you a planner? If so, when you go for a picnic, you probably remember everything! The drinks, the food, the napkins, the utensils, the tablecloth and even the Frisbee are probably all packed into your car, ready to go. But what about the stuff you’ll need to protect your picnic from bees and wasps? That’s usually part of the picnic packing process that goes forgotten and unfortunately that can often result in someone getting stung. These insects are typically on the search for sweets and meats during the summer to feed their ever expanding colony, so you bet your picnic will be just as appetizing to them as it is to you! Here are a few things you can do to help prevent inviting stinging insects to your next picnic:
Keep food covered until you are ready to eat.
Once everyone has eaten, cover food back up or put it away immediately.
Purchase mesh screen covers to protect your food, especially if you plan to eat outdoors a lot this summer.
Forget the cups or the open top containers to drink out of- instead bring only bottles with caps or tight covers. Many people have been stung when a wasp flew into their drink and then they went to take a sip. Covering your drinks up as best as possible can help avoid this scenario.
Wear darker colors. Bright floral colors can attract bees and wasps that may think you look like a flower.
Don’t wear floral scented lotions or perfumes. These can also attract stinging insects.
Don’t sit at a picnic table that is close to a trash receptacle. Although this makes clean up a bit easier, stinging insects are known for buzzing around trash cans.
These tips should help avoid attracting stinging insects to your next picnic, but unfortunately they aren’t fool proof. There could always be that one sly wasp that finds your picnic and lands in your food, which could easily result in someone in your party getting stung. If someone is stung, it’s important for you to keep an eye on them. They should expect some swelling and redness at the sting site, but if a severe reaction should occur (severe swelling, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc), emergency medical care should be sought immediately, because anaphylactic shock is a possibility.
Picnics away from your home are fun, but they can sometimes be just as much fun in your own backyard. If you’ve been shying away from a picnic in your own backyard because of the presence of stinging insects, give your local pest control professionals a call. Stinging insect control is not something you want to attempt on your own.