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How To Avoid Stinging Insects

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Seen any nests like these on your property? If so, you’ve got stinging insects! Avoiding the stings of these pests is important for the safety and well-being of your family, so at the first sign of a stinging insect problem, contact the Long Island exterminators at Parkway Pest Services. Along with safe and sting-free nest removal, we can help you with stinging insect identification, location of other possible nests or areas that may attract these pests and we can even offer year round services for effective pest control in Westchester County and the rest of our service area throughout the year.

If you have recognized a stinging insect nest attached to your home, your garage, a nearby tree or even in the ground, you must take some precautions to avoid being stung by these insects before our technician arrives to remove the nest.

  • Always wear your shoes when spending time outdoors. Most people don’t even realize that stinging insects like yellow jackets will nest in the ground, so they are quite surprised when they step on a nest and find many angry yellow jackets chasing after them. At least when you are wearing shoes, you won’t be stung quite so easily should you accidentally step on a nest!
  • If you are eating outdoors, don’t allow these insects access to your food. Keep food covered while you are waiting to serve it and take any leftovers indoors immediately. You can also buy food covers to help protect your food during BBQs from hungry stinging insects.
  • Don’t wear sweet smelling perfumes or lotions before you venture outdoors. These scents can attract hungry stinging insects to your skin, which is not something you want to do! Although stinging insects (for the most part!) won’t sting without cause, having them close by you could make them feel threatened and then cause them to become aggressive.
  • Don’t wear brightly colored clothing or floral patterns while spending time outdoors. These things can also attract stinging insects to your body.
  • If you have a stinging insect hovering around you, don’t start flailing your arms or using sharp movements. These movements can make a stinging insect feel threatened, thus causing them to defend themselves by using their stinger.

These tips will help you avoid being stung by stinging bees, wasps, hornets and other pests that make your property their home. This is important for people that are allergic to the sting of these insects, but because pests like yellow jackets and paper wasps are known to be aggressive when they feel threatened, even people that aren’t allergic to these stings can suffer painful consequences when stung repeatedly!

Once our technician has arrived at your property to safely remove any nests they find, you will want to take a few prevention measures to prevent these insects from finding your home again. You can do this by:

  1. Sealing off cracks or gaps around the exterior of your home. This can help limit the chance of a stinging insect nest being built inside your home.
  2. Having a preventative treatment performed by the professionals at Parkway Pest Services.

For more information on the stinging insect nest removal services from the professionals at Parkway, please contact us today. One of our friendly service representatives would be happy to set up your first appointment so that your home can be stinging insect free as soon as possible; contact Parkway today!