How To Avoid Insect Stings

Wondering how to avoid insect stings? Whether you have lots of flowers that attract them or you accidentally stuck a fist into their nest, stinging insects can be unnerving to have around. For the most part, the old adage is true that if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you.

However, a problem can materialize if there is a higher than normal population of these pests near your home. If you find that there are more bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets than you can avoid, you may have a higher chance of getting stung!

Avoid Insect Stings Safely & Humanely

To avoid insect stings, confront them gently. Hornets, bees and wasps are not aggressive unless they feel threatened. Don’t bat at them or overreact in efforts to avoid being stung; this could conversely cause them to attack. Most times, if you just “bee calm” and let them figure out that you aren’t food or foe, they will go on their way and find a new garden to inspect.

To avoid insect stings and reduce contact with these unique creatures, be aware and careful when outside. These insects are vital to our planet. They are important pollinators and should be left undisturbed if at all possible, but only if it is safe for your home and family.

Prevent Insect Stings & Enjoy The Picnic!

When you are picnicking outside, avoid attracting stinging insects by keeping your food stored inside until ready to eat. Watch your food and drinks while outside, so you won’t end up with a sting on the lips because you reached for your half full soda can to take a drink while in deep conversation with your party guests.

Realize that wearing bright colors makes you look like a flower to a pollinator; therefore, you will look like lunch! Avoid applying scented personal care products since they can be attractants to stinging insects. When you are out in a natural setting with flowering plants and trees, be conscious and alert that this is the natural habitat for stinging insects.

Avoiding insect stings comes down to being aware of your surroundings and understanding a little bit about the nature of stinging insects. Some of these pests make nests high above our reach, others make their home in holes in the ground. The most common stinging insects we see in our local Hampton Roads area are yellow jackets, hornets and paper wasps.

Most stinging insects are more active during the spring and summer months, yet as fall approaches, many homeowners tend to find them trying to nest up in the eaves of the home or more internal, seeking shelter from the incoming cooler weather.