Around the second half of the summer months, stinging insects start to reach their peak and you may see some around your Caseyville, IL home. It’s a pivotal time when colonies start foraging for food that will sustain their queens through the winter. Here is some more information about stinging insects you need to know.
The Common Stinging Insects
- Honeybees: Yellow and dark brown in coloring, these insects are usually not aggressive unless you provoke them. They like to nest in tree cavities.
- Paper Wasps: Found in a variety of different colors, ranging from orange, brown, yellow, or red, they like to build their nests in places like playground equipment, around the outside of your home, and other places.
- Mud Daubers: These wasps are known to live in the mud. The mud nests they make are seen attached to the outside of buildings. Mud Daubers live on their own, not in colonies with other mud Daubers.
- Killer Bees: These bees are known to attack in swarms and will attack until they critically injure or kill their victim. They live in many places outside like under porches, and in sheds, and they have even been seen in trash cans.
Ways to Avoid Getting Stung
When you see a stinging insect, remain calm. Making any sudden movement in the reaction may provoke the insect into attacking you. Try to walk away slowly from the insect. Try to avoid wearing any strong fragrances. Stinging insects love the sweet smell of perfumes and cologne. You can try to use scent-free shampoos and soap if you know you spend a lot of time outside. Avoid wearing dark clothing or any kind of clothing that has a floral pattern as this may attract these insects to you. Don’t keep your windows and doors opened longer than they need to so you can keep them out of your house. Also, try to cover your food outside and put tight lids on your trash containers.
What You Should Do If Stung
After you get stung by an insect, remove the stinger and clean the area of your sting with cold water and soap. If you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction, do not hesitate to call 911. This is vital if you know you have allergies. You should keep an epinephrine kit with you just in case and learn how to use it. Do you think you might have an infestation or hive on your property? You will need to hire a pest control professional to remove it from your home.
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