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Aggressive Time of Year for Stinging Insects

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Late summer and early fall are some of the worst times for insects that sting. Some of the more common insects that become aggressive during this time of year include bees, hornets and wasps.

The population is at its peak, with a single nest able to house 2,000 - 3,000 bees.

Pest control experts recommend that if you spot a nest on your property or home, don't try to remove it or spray it during the day. Daylight hours are when the insects are most active and aggressive. Wait till early morning or late evening hours when the activity in the nest calms down.

Experts also want to remind you that you need to kill the queen in order for the bees to go away. Standing back and spraying the nest will only kill the outside "worker" bees.

To kill the queen, put the nozzle of consumer grade wasp killer inside the nest and give a good 3-5 second spray.

As always, if you don't feel comfortable or think the situation is over your head, don't put yourself at risk. Call a professional.

If you do get stung, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Remove the stinger, don't pinch it with tweezers, that could actually squeeze more venom into you. Carefully scrape a blunt object (such as a butter knife) over the area to remove the stinger.
  • Wash the stung area thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Apply ice or a cold compress to the sting for about 10 minutes.
  • Give the person diphenhydramine (Benadryl).

If you notice any difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the throat, lips, face, or tongue. Even collapse, these are all symptoms of an allergic reaction and you should get immediate medical attention.

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