3. Bees & Wasps
Yellowjackets, Africanized ‘killer’ bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects are a summer staple, frequently showing up at pool parties, barbecues and baseball games —especially in the late summer months. But these pests can pose a serious health risk if a hive is threatened or provoked, causing them to swarm and sting en masse.
Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. Young children, the elderly and especially those with allergies are most at risk.
Wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
Overseed grassy areas to get better coverage, as this will deter ground-nesting insects.
Paint/stain untreated wood.
Remove garbage frequently and keep trashcans covered.
Do not swat at a stinging insect as it increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction.
Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes.
Ensure all doors and windows in your home have screens that are in good condition.
Seek immediate medical attention if stung, as reactions can be severe.