Syndicated by: Montana News
by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Stinging insects are common summertime pests, and their stings can be more than a painful nuisance for you and your family.
Stinging insects such as wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and bees, send more than half-a-million people to the emergency room every year.
While those who are allergic to stings are most at risk, anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting en masse.
This summer, it is essential that homeowners take precautions to prevent stings and stay safe outdoors by routinely checking to ensure their property is free from hives and nests.
You should check the exterior of your home, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks, shrubs, trees, sheds and other structures.
If you find a nest on your property, do not get too close and do not attempt to remove it. Instead, hire a trained pest control professional to relocate or remove hives and nests in a safe manner.
To help you prevent stings this season, the Montana News wants to offer some important advice:
* Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture around the home.
* Keep trash cans covered and sealed.
* When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat. Also provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
* If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet.
Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
* Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.