9-24-2015: Fall Temperatures Reveal More Stinging Insects

State pest association provides tips for managing and preventing pest problems

Raleigh, N.C. — As summer turns to fall, many North Carolinians may notice more stinging insects in or around their property, according to the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA).  According to the National Pest Management Association, more than 500,000 people go to the emergency room each year for injuries related to stinging insects.

“As summer comes to a close and many plants begin to wither, many stinging insects such as wasps, yellow jackets and bees begin to search for food in other places and can become a nuisance or health hazard to homeowners,” said Chase Hazelwood of Go-Forth Pest and Lawn in High Point and board member of NCPMA.

In North Carolina, stinging insects can include bumble bees, honey bees, carpenter bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.

“Each type of stinging insect requires a different method of treatment or removal. If a homeowner suspects a stinging insect problem, it’s important to first contact a pest professional to identify the type of stinging insect,” Hazelwood said. “A pest professional will evaluate the problem and recommend the best form of treatment.”

NCPMA provides the following tips for preventing stinging insect problems:

  • Use caution and care: Keep in mind that not every wasp or bee is ready to sting. Some are only interested in pests and don’t attack humans, therefore don’t swat or wave insects away. Gently and slowly brush the insects away from you to prevent stings.
  • Cover it up: Keep food and trash cans covered. Many wasps and yellow jackets are attracted to sweet drinks and foods.
  • Be wise when outdoors: Don’t sit near trash cans when picnicking as they are prime targets for yellow jackets. And, don’t wear heavy perfume or aftershave when spending time outdoors. The smell attracts wasps and bees.
  • Mow carefully: Watch for yellow jackets when doing yard work. Yellow jackets often live in underground nests which can be disturbed by lawnmowers, weed eaters and other lawn tools.
  • Call a professional: Consult a pest management professional to determine the best solution to reduce stinging insects and other pests from your home and yard. Find a professional near you at www.ncpestmanagement.org.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.  To learn more about NCPMA, please visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org.