Stinging Insects Pack a Powerful Punch
Arrow Exterminators offers tips for homeowners to avoid
stinging insects and their painful stings this summer
Have you ever been at a summer barbeque and felt as though an
angry wasp was only coming after you? That feeling is common. Wasps
are known to have an extremely aggressive nature and will sting for
no apparent reason. Oftentimes wasps do not need to be provoked to
show their stinging aggression, making home pest control an
important factor during summer.
While wasps are the most aggressive of the stinging insects,
they are not the only ones that can leave you in pain. Yellow
jackets, bees, mosquitoes, ticks and fire ants can also ruin summer
fun. In addition to painful stings and bites, they can pose a
serious health hazard. More than 500,000 people are sent to the
hospital each year because of stinging insects and severe allergic
reactions, and mosquitoes have the potential to carry West Nile
Virus and other diseases.
"Wasps and other stinging insects can be extremely dangerous and
it is critical to understand the risks associated with leaving an
infestation untreated," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "By
working with a pest professional to inspect your home and yard for
potential problems, you can safeguard your family and enjoy your
home to the fullest throughout the summer months."
Arrow Exterminators offers these tips for preventing stinging
insects from taking a bite out of your summer:
- Hire a trained professional to destroy or remove dangerous
hives and nests around the home.
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around your home
where pests can breed or nest.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened and trashcans covered
- As wasps are attracted to sweets, do not leave drinks or food
in accessible areas.
- If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet.
Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
- When outdoors, wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
- When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat.
- Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes when spending
Arrow protects homes from stinging insects with the STEPS™ Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes full inspection of home
and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not
only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in
the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current
issues and help prevent any future recurrence.
Consumers interested in protecting their homes from pests this
summer can view photos and additional information at Arrow's Online Pest
Guide or contact Arrow for a free whole home evaluation at