Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Keep Stinging Insects from Ruining Summer Fun

It's the time of the year when children are outside playing and the grill is always sizzling with delicious summer fare. While it's nice to be outdoors enjoying the warm weather, it's not fun getting stung by one of the season's most notorious party crashers - fire ants, wasps, mosquitoes, yellow jackets and hornets.

"Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year," said Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion. "We have put together a list of the top five stinging insects likely to be encountered in our area and encourage homeowners to learn more about these potentially dangerous pests."

1. Wasps: Wasps are the most aggressive of the summer stinging insects. They are unique in that they do not need to be provoked to show their aggression, often attacking humans for no apparent reason.
2. Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets typically create their nests in the ground, attics or basements and a fully developed nest can contain hundreds to thousands of adult yellow jackets. If their nest is disturbed, these insects will vigorously pursue the intruder.
3. Red Imported Fire Ants: Look for fire ants in their signature tall mounds found in landscaped areas, yards or around the foundation of a home. Similar to wasps and yellow jackets, fire ants will attack stinging multiple times if their nest is disturbed.
4. Mosquitoes: One of summer's most notorious pests, mosquitoes got an early start this year due to the unseasonably mild winter experienced in our area. It only takes mosquitoes 10 to 14 days to develop from an egg into an adult and they will travel up to 14 miles in search of a meal.
5. Hornets: 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. Hornets most often construct their nests inside hollow tree trunks or buildings but can also build them in the ground or aerial locations.

Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to follow these easy steps to prevent stinging insects from ruining their summer fun:
• Many stinging insects are attracted to sweets so serve sugary drinks in covered pitchers and keep desserts in sealed containers
• Make sure all outdoor trash cans have a secure lid
• 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 home
• 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 property.