Wasps, which include yellow jackets and hornets, eat other insects and are therefore considered beneficial.
Wasps generally do not sting or attack unless handled, disturbed, threatened, or harmed. However, if disturbed, most wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets are aggressive and will sting repeatedly.
Wasp safety tips
The following tips can help you avoid painful stings:
- Remove fallen fruits, spilled food and drinks, soft drink cans, and garbage.
- Avoid scents and brightly colored clothing.
- Keep your house, garbage cans, garage, and attic clean.
- Wear closed shoes to protect yourself from stepping on a wasp or hornet.
- Avoid leaving sugary drinks unattended and always look before you drink out of a can outdoors.
- Look for wasps in work areas before using weed trimmers, hedge clippers, lawn mowers, chain saws, etc. Wasps frequently attack when a person mowing the lawn or pruning shrubs inadvertently strikes a nest.
- If a wasp or hornet comes near you, try to remain still until it leaves. Do not swat at wasps or wave your arms to fend them off. You will only antagonize them and be more likely to be stung.
- If attacked, run away in a straight line as quickly as you can. Do not flail or swing your arms at wasps, as this may further annoy them.
- Wasps target the head, mouth, and eyes. Therefore, lower your head and cover your face as much as you can without slowing your escape.
- Do not stay still if you are being stung – wasps will not stop stinging if you “play dead.”
- Do not jump into a pool or other body of water to avoid being stung. Wasps will wait for you to surface and will sting you when you do.
- Don’t pen, tie, or tether animals near hives or nests.
- Refrain from using a ladder to reach a hive that is high off the ground. Falling off a ladder while receiving multiple stings is more costly than a professional exterminator.
Remember, honey bees are beneficial to the environment.
Call Adam’s or a local beekeeper to carefully remove a honey bee colony alive.
For more information about wasps and other pests, visit www.adamspestcontrol.com.