Working outside in the garden is a perfect activity every morning during summer, trimming your yard or just admiring the beauty and scent of the flowers. But BEE Safety smart. Bees, wasps, and hornets are most abundant and active in the warmer months.

Sometimes these insects can be beneficial, but they can also pose a very serious health risk if they’ve built their nests in the eaves of your home. For most people, stings from these insects do not pose a major issue. However, many people have allergic reactions towards bee and wasp stings. It is important to keep these pests away from your structure and your family.

Over the last several years, numerous attacks have been reported in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and Texas, and recently the bees also have appeared in Utah. A man from Texas died last week from a bee swarm attack and a landscape worker in Florida was attacked recently by bees while at work cutting grass.

WHERE DO BEES, WASPS, AND HORNETS USUALLY BUILD THEIR NEST?

Most stinging insects build their nests in quiet, out of the way places that are still in close proximity with any food sources they may have discovered. Nests and hives may be found in trees, under roof eaves, or on equipment such as ladders.

BEES, WASPS, AND HORNETS PREVENTION TIPS

Here are a few times to avoid attracting them to your outdoor parties and activities:

Seal all possible entrance – A common bee-prevention technique is to seal all potential bee entries with durable materials (metal screen for example). Keep your shed well-painted and sealed, coat the untreated or unfinished wood with oil-based paint or polyurethane.

Reduce outdoor clutter – Bees have also been known to improvise when it comes to finding the perfect place for their hive. They can build a hive in an unused appliance or lawn equipment found in yards as long as it provides sufficient shelter for a hive to thrive.

DETER THE SCOUTS – If scout bees are to be seen lingering around your home, take quick action. Scout bees typically scout out an area for about three days before moving the larger swarm in permanently, and that means you have enough time To deter them. Place deterrents around the areas where the bees are seen frequently.

Read more about bees, wasps, and hornets prevention in this article “ 6 TIPS TO BEE PROOF YOUR HOME ”.

BEES, WASPS, AND HORNETS TREATMENT TIPS

It’s very important to follow these first aid tips if you’ve had a bad reaction to an insect bite. Here are the things to do when you get stung in the outdoors by a bee or wasp:

1. Pull stinger out. Most venom is released within one minute after the bee detaches from its sting. Wasps and hornets do not leave their sting in you, and so they can sting repeatedly. Honey bees can sting only once and will leave the sting.

2. If available, Wash stung areas with soap and water like any other wound to prevent infection.

3. Never squeeze bee venom sac as that action will release more venom.

4. Cool compresses or ice to relieve pain and swelling. Do not scratch the sting as this may increase swelling, itching, and risk of infection.

5. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) should be given to decrease minimal allergic reactions. Anti-itch cream and/or an antihistamine pill can help reduce the effects of the sting.

6. If a severe allergic reaction occurs, you must transport immediately and resort to basic life support.

The best thing you can do to get rid of a stinging insect problem on your California property is to contact a professional bee removal at Budget Bee Services. They have the skills and the know-how to safely remove these stinging insects and their nests without killing the Bees, wasp and hornet and endangering you or your family. For more information on what our trained professionals can do for you, contact us today!

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