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The Buzz on Stinging Bugs

Bees are helpful insects which pollinate crops and produce honey. However, when you’re stung, it’s hard to see them as “helpful”. In fact, stings hurt!

Bees are helpful insects which pollinate crops and produce honey. However, when you’re stung, it’s hard to see them as “helpful”. In fact, stings hurt!

Preventing Stings

If bees or other stinging pests are constant guests in your backyard barbeque, here are seven ways to help keep bees away from you.

  1. Wear shoes.
  2. Over seed your lawn.
  3. Paint or stain untreated wood.
  4. Keep your garbage cans covered so bees are not attracted to them and you!
  5. Don't swat away the bugs - they'll get angry!
  6. Avoid sweet-scented perfumes.
  7. Make sure your window screens have no holes.

 

 Ouch! Get Rid of that Stinger

A stinger can be removed using a straight edged object. The Federal Food and Drug Administration suggests using a credit card. If you use tweezers, you may squeeze more venom into yourself!  Clean your sting with soap and water to avoid infection. You can avoid swelling by applying ice. Seek medical attention if the area becomes infected. Someone who is infected can develop a fever and the redness/soreness will increase.

To remain safe, contact a professional pest control companies to remove any hives or nests. On Long Island, Suburban Exterminating is happy to help you!

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STJ July 28, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Hi! Thanks for the article. I'd like to mention that wasps and hornets are more likely to be aggressive and sting than honey bees or bumblebees too. Many people don't know the difference in a quick look. I'm a gardener for 20 years and have been stung twice... by yellow jackets! I garden alongside all the flowers I plant to keep the honey bee population thriving and have never had a problem with them. :)

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