How to Avoid Stinging Insects

Most people will experience temporary redness, swelling and itching at the site of the sting when stung by bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets or fire ants. But for people allergic to stinging insects, their immune systems will overreact to the venom injected by the insects resulting in severe reactions.

Preventing Insect Stings

Follow these tips to avoid stinging insects:

  • Keep away. Stay out of the "territory" of stinging insects' nests.

  • Hire a trained exterminator to destroy hives and nests around your home.

  • If you encounter flying insects, remain calm and quiet, and move slowly. Do not "swat" them.

  • Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing and heavy scented perfume when outdoors.

  • Keep all food covered until eaten.

  • Insects are attracted to trash containers; keep these areas clean and keep them away from your area of activity.

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