Stay still. Stay very still. Um. Yeah. When a stinging insect does a flyby near your head, the last thing you want to do is stay still, especially if you're one of the unfortunate people who has an allergy to stinging insects. But will staying still save you from a nasty sting? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. If you're standing around and a stinging insect flies by, it is best to stay still. If it doesn't feel threatened, it could pass you by. Here are some quick things you may not know about stinging insects that could save you a world of hurting.
It is true that moving around will make you a target for stinging pests, but when a swarm of Africanized honey bees start stinging people around you, it is time to get out of Dodge. But when you run, keep your arms at your sides, instead of waving them through the air. This will make you less of a target.
Wasps and hornets can sting you several times, but bees leave their stinger in you and will die after stinging. If you've been stung by a bee, get to safety and attempt to pull as much of the stinger out as possible. The venom sac that is attached to the stinger continues to pump venom into your body. Scrape at the stinger. Don't pull. Pulling it can cause the remaining venom to be squeezed into your skin.
Stinging insects send 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These are not pests you can ignore. If you see nests on your property, have an expert remove them. The fewer nests you have on your property, the lower your chances of being stung.
If you find yourself being swarmed, attempt to cover you head with your shirt or a towel. You may get stings on your back and torso, but it is a lot better than being stung on the soft tissue of your face.
Always be on the lookout for yellow jackets. These wasps have a nasty habit of living inside holes in the ground and are agitated by noise and vibration. When you mow your lawn, you could get an unwanted surprise.
Stinging insects are usually looking for flowers. Avoid wearing perfumes or lotions when you are going to be outside. The less you smell and look like a flower, the safer you will be.
Winter hits a restart for most stinging insects. Each year they start over and build their populations through the summer. At summer's end, you're going to see a whole lot more of these pests. Partly because of their increased numbers, and partly because workers begin to get their queens prepared for overwintering. Proactive nest removal is the key to a safe home.
For residents living in the greater St. Louis, Mid-Missouri and Western Illinois areas, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is here to help with stinging insect control. Contact us today to schedule your FREE inspection.