Posted on: June 22nd, 2017
Summertime is upon us once again and many of us will head to the great outdoors, wonderful sunlight, fun times, and LOTS of yardwork! These outdoor activities are the norm which also means that it often crosses paths with the unwanted presence of “things that sting.”
Stinging or biting insects include honey bees, bumble bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and fire ants. Bees, wasps, and hornets are found throughout the U.S.
The stinger (formally called an aculeus), which is connected to a venom sac, is a modified egg-laying tube
(ovipositor). So, if you are stung, it was a female insect that committed the crime!!! In North America, yellow jacket wasps are involved in about 70% of the stings to humans. They are often mistaken for bees because of their yellow and black bodies. Most stinging insects (wasps and hornets) can sting you more
than once. One exception is the honey bee (worker bee) which has a barbed sting. When the worker bee escapes after stinging a person, the sting and attached venom sac are ripped out of the bee and stay in the victim's skin; the bee will die afterwards.
The health effects of stinging or biting insects or scorpions range from mild discomfort or pain to a lethal reaction for those persons allergic to the insect’s venom. Anaphylactic shock is the body’s severe allergic reaction to a bite or sting and requires immediate emergency care. Thousands of people are stung by insects each year, and as many as 90–100 people in the United States die because of allergic reactions. This number may be underreported as deaths may be mistakenly diagnosed as heart attacks or sunstrokes or may be attributed to other causes.
Here are some Safety guidelines to minimize an attack:
WHERE WILL YOU FIND THESE INSECTS?
While each species may have a favorite type of nesting spot, in general, nesting places can be anywhere and include:
Note that some insects can chew through ceilings and walls to get into other rooms, while others can bore into wood or dirt to make tunnels or enlarge the hole for their nest.
To prevent these stinging insects from moving into buildings or other structures, keep holes and entry spaces caulked and screen any ventilation openings.
o DO NOT try to get rid of the nest or hive yourself. Each type of insect or situation will likely need different removal methods. It is best to call pest control professionals for this service.
o If you are able to physically move out of the area, do not to attempt to jump into water. Some insects (particularly Africanized Honey Bees) are known to hover above the water, continuing to sting once you surface for air.
IF SOMEONE IS STUNG:
In closing: When engaged in any outdoor activities, please remain situationally aware for those little “stinging nasties.” Conduct a thorough Risk Assessment on your proposed outdoor areas, eliminate or avoid the potential nuisance hazards, and remain pain and injury-free!!
Partners would like to wish all of you a Happy and Safe Summer, Vacation or just family fun time. “Be Safe”
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