TOP 5 SUMMER STINGERS TO AVOID THIS YEAR
Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Keep
Stinging Insects from Ruining
Summer is here! That means it's
time to fire up the backyard barbeques and just enjoy playing
outdoors. It's also the time when summer stingers begin to
make their appearance. Arrow has put together a top five list
of stinging insects likely to be encountered in our area and tips
for protecting families and homes from these pests.
"Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency
room every year," said Arrow Pest Expert, Shay Runion. "These
pests are not just a nuisance. In addition to their painful
stings, they can pose a real danger to those who suffer from
1.Wasps: Wasps are the most aggressive of
the summer stingers. They should be given a wide berth as
they often attack humans for no apparent reason.
2.Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets typically
create their nests in the ground but they can also be found in
attics and basements. A fully developed nest can contain
thousands of adult yellow jackets and these stingers will
vigorously pursue intruders if their nest is disturbed.
Ants: Many think red imported fire ants bite, but they
actually sting. Avoid their signature mounds as they will
sting multiple times if their nest is disturbed.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are summer's most notorious stinger
and can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus or Encephalitis in
addition to the painful, itchy welts they leave behind.
Like wasps, yellow jackets and fire ants, hornets are social
stinging insects and present a greater threat because they attack
in large numbers if they perceive their nest is danger.
encourages homeowners to follow these easy steps to prevent
stinging insects from ruining their summer fun:
- Serve sugary drinks in covered pitchers and keep desserts in
tightly sealed containers
- Make sure all outdoor trash cans have a secure lid that is kept
- Remove sources of standing water, such as old tires, children's
wading pools, birdbaths and saucers of flowerpots
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the
- Seal all cracks around the foundation of the home and ensure
all screens are in good repair
- If an infestation is suspected, homeowners should contact a
licensed pest professional to remove the insects from the