Stinging insects like hornets and bees send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. The majority of these stings occur during the 2nd half of the summer and early fall when the colonies are foraging for food for their queen to help her make it through the winter.
Prevention for stinging insects is important to protect you, family members/co-workers, and your property. Stings can not only be painful and leave raised welts but they can be serious to those that are allergic to their venom. Here are some tips you can do around your property to ensure everyone inside is safe:
- Caulk any gaps around exterior windows, doors, light fixtures, and entering utility lines such as air condition lines.
- Make sure all attic vents are screened and eves and soffits are securely in place.
- Inspect chimneys to make sure there are no cracks in brickwork or between the chimney and the main structure. Chimney caps are not only important to keep bee/wasps out but also birds, squirrels, and other wildlife.
- Make sure all exterior exhaust vent covers are secure and there are no gaps between the siding and the vent. Louvered or screed vents are important for keeping birds and stinging insects out when vents are not actively being used.
- Inspect the foundation of the structure for cracks, gaps, holes, or crevices and makes sure they are properly sealed.
Stinging insects are important for our environment as they help to pollinate flowers and crops as well as feed on nuisance insects. If a colony chooses to make your property their home it is important to call a pest professional to treat and remove the nest in a safe manner. Give Hoffman’s a call today to schedule treatment of any bee, wasps, or hornet nests on your property.