Each new school year is filled with excitement and promise. But when wasps and bees enter the picture, enthusiasm can turn into fear and anxiety. Many students are allergic to bee and wasp stings, sometimes without knowing it. Prevent potentially dangerous stings from putting a damper on the new semester with these stinging insect control tips from Innovative Pest Management, Inc. We provide safe, effective pest control in Charlotte, NC and other communities in the Carolinas.
Stinging Insect Habitats
The number of bee and wasp varieties is staggering, making it difficult to identify and track the habitats of each. In and around Charlotte, NC, the most prevalent kinds include yellow jackets, paper wasps, cicada killers, and bumble bees. Knowing where nests occur can help you steer your students clear of danger until professional help arrives. Bee hives and wasp nests can be found in similar places, including the following:
- Fence posts
- Near gardens
- Telephone poles
- Under outbuildings
- Tree hollows and logs
- Abandoned rodent holes
It's rare to find nests or hives indoors, but they sometimes appear in rafters, eaves, and attics.
How to Avoid Being Stung
Although there are limits on influencing students' hygiene and behavior, you can educate them on reducing the likelihood of being stung. Encourage children to do the following:
- Avoid perfumes
- Stay away from nests and hives
- Bathe daily with unscented products
- Don't swat at or run from stinging insects
- Don't eat outdoors, or keep food covered while not eating
Let students know that they shouldn't crush a wasp. It emits an odor that attracts the nearby wasp population.
Am I Allergic?
The most important reason to avoid bees and wasps is the potential for allergies. While few allergic reactions are life-threatening or even severe, seek medical help if any of the following symptoms occur:
- Fast pulse
- Spreading hives
- Decreased blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling anywhere on the head or throat
Bees and wasps pose a major threat, but professional stinging insect control services help keep you and your students safe. At Innovative Pest Management, Inc., we provide Charlotte, NC and other communities with pest control services to ensure their safety as school begins – and all year long. Contact us today!