10 tips to avoid getting stung by flying insects
Some people seem to attract them and some are severely allergic to their stings. Here are some useful tips to avoid being stung by stinging insects and still enjoy the outdoors.
1. Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes.
In other words, don’t smell like a flower. Bees can detect and follow strong scents, and wearing perfumes or colognes will attract nectar-seeking bees and wasps from a distance. Once they find the source of the flower smell (you), they’re likely to investigate by landing on you or buzzing around your body.
2. Avoid wearing brightly coloured clothing, especially floral prints.
Along the same lines as tip one. Avoid looking like a flower. There’s a reason beekeepers wear white. If you’re wearing bright colours, you are just asking bees to land on you. Keep your outdoor wear limited to khaki, white, beige, or other light colors if you don’t want to attract bees.
Don’t panic, they will realise you aren’t a flower and fly away.
3. Be careful what you eat outdoors.
Sugary foods and drinks will attract bees and wasps. Before you take a sip of your soda, look inside the can or glass and make sure an insect hasn’t gone in for a taste. Fruits also attract the stinging crowd, so pay attention when snacking on ripe fruits outdoors. Don’t leave your peach seeds or orange peels sitting around.
4. Don’t walk barefoot.
Bees collect nectar on clover blossoms and other small flowers in your lawn, and some wasps make their nests in the ground. If you step on or near a bee, it’s going to try to protect itself and sting you.
5. Don’t swat it.
Bees and wasps might just find their way up your pant leg or into your shirt. Once inside, they will be trapped against your skin. And what’s your first impulse when you feel something crawling around inside your clothing? You slap at it, right? That’s a recipe for disaster. Carefully try to allow the insect a route of escape, its not where they want to be.
6. Stay still.
If you’re afraid of bees and wasps, this may sound as reasonable as eating jelly with chopsticks. But the worst thing you can do when a wasp flies around your head is wave your hands around in a frantic attack. What would you do if someone took a swing at you? If a bee, wasp, or hornet comes near you, just take a deep breath and stay calm. It’s just trying to determine if you are a flower or some other item useful to it, and once it realises you’re just a person, it will fly away.
Note: Unless you have just disturbed their nest.
The insects will then be in attack mode in which case make a quick retreat to a safe indoor area.
7. Keep your car windows rolled up.
Bees and wasps have an uncanny knack for getting themselves trapped in cars, where they will buzz around in a panic trying to find a way out. If you’re driving the car at the time, this can certainly be a bit unsettling. But wasps and bees can’t get inside a car that’s closed up, so keep the windows rolled up whenever possible. If you do find yourself giving a ride to an unwanted stinging insect, pull over when it’s safe to do so and roll your windows down. Don’t try to swat at it while you are driving!
8. Rinse your garbage and recycling bins and keep lids on them.
Bees and wasps love empty drink and beer bottles, and will check out any food waste in your garbage, too. Don’t let food residue build up on your garbage cans. Rinse them well now and then, and always put tight-fitting lids on them to keep wasps away from your garbage. This can substantially cut down on the number of wasps hanging around your yard.
9. Don’t hang out in the flower garden.
The chances of being stung while admiring the flowers are small, but if you’re really worried about bee stings, don’t hang out where the bees are most numerous. Bees spend most of their time and energy collecting nectar and pollen from flowers. Don’t get in their way. If you’re dead heading flowers or gathering them for an arrangement, keep an eye out for bees and wait until they’ve moved on to another flower.
10. Call a professional to have unwanted bees
Nothing makes a stinging insect angrier than when someone disturbs or destroys its home. Professional beekeepers or pest control experts can remove wasp or hornet nests or bee swarms safely, without putting you at risk for stings.
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