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Take the Sting Out of Summer

As the weather warms up, we'll begin spending more and more time outdoors! Whether it's for BBQ dinners, backyard playdates, pool parties, etc., there's so much fun to be had in the outdoors! But as we begin to make our way outside, the stinging insects and other pests will begin to join us.

There are a few common types of stinging insects to be on the lookout for, including: wasps, yellowjackets, and bees. While all three of these pests have stinging capabilities, two of them are more dangerous than the others. Here's everything you need to know about these three stinging insects this summer:

They Can Be Dangerous

While wasps, yellowjackets, and bees are capable of stinging, the wasps and yellowjackets pose the greatest threat. Bees only have one stinger that they lose once they sting someone. Wasps and yellowjackets can repeatedly sting, causing major discomfort, pain, and damage, especially if someone is allergic.

If you have an allergy, make sure to always carry an EpiPen and instruct someone to call 911 for you if your reaction becomes severe.

Leave Them Alone

It's best to leave all pests alone unless they are actively causing harm and damage, especially bees. Bees are a critical part of our environment and ecosystem at large, so keeping them safe is important for everyone's wellbeing. We would even recommend planting native flowers and shrubbery to help the population of bees around you.

If you encounter a large swarm or hive of bees, it's understandable to be afraid. But rather than panicking and attacking the bees, go inside, and call your local pest control. They'll be able to safely remove the bees from your property.

Wasps and yellowjackets, on the other hand, are aggressive and do little to help with the pollination of plants, so if you spot a lot of them, give us a call.

Remember, insects and pests of all types are attracted to food and water. SO make sure to thoroughly clean up after all of your outdoor gatherings to keep insects away from your home this summer. If you need professional assistance removing these pests, call us at (419) 475-6055!

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