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End of Summer Can Still Bring Stingers

stinging insects on wood

Summer will be gone before we know it, but that doesn’t mean stinging insects will be leaving us just yet. Action Pest Control explains Indiana residents should still be alert when it comes to avoiding stingers, like yellow jackets and wasps, as the fall season approaches.

“Although the weather may start to cool as we move into the fall months, stinging insects do not disappear as quickly and, in fact, are often more aggressive and active at this time because they forage for food that will sustain them throughout wintertime,” said Scott Robbins, Technical Director. “As the summer season comes to a close, people should still take steps to prevent and avoid nearby stinging insect activity, especially as stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).”

Action Pest Control recommends avoiding aggressive summer stingers by following these tips:

  • Seal cracks and crevices: Seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep stingers from moving indoors, and regularly inspect around the house’s perimeter for nests.
  • Keep food covered: During a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside and be sure to keep tight fitting lids on trash bins.
  • Drink out of clear containers: Stinging insects can sneak into cans unnoticed, so it’s important to be able to see that a liquid is pest-free when drinking it.
  • Avoid excessive use of fragrances: If spending long periods of time outdoors, skip the perfume or cologne, as yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. When possible, choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions and sunscreen.
  • Adjust wardrobe: Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, as these patterns can attract stinging insects. Wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas where hornets and other pests often nest.
  • Remain calm, cool and collected: Do not swat at stingers or flail in a panic—these movements may actually provoke an attack. Instead, remain calm and slowly walk away from the area. The insect should fly away without causing any harm.

“If a nest is found on the property, do not attempt to remove it on your own,” added Robbins. “It’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional who can relocate it to a safe area.”