June

25

2012

 
large wasp on a green leaf in denver co

Keep food and drinks covered while on outdoor picnics or other outings to help avoid attracting wasps or yellow jackets.

Here in Colorado, like other states that experience weather changes, there is a seasonality to pests.  Fall means the increase of insects and rodents looking for safe, warm shelter inside your home while warmer weather pests tend to start blooming along with the flowers every spring.  Now, here we are in summer and that means Colorado families are likely to have encounters with ants, mosquitoes and stinging insects to name a few.  Of all the bugs out and about during the hottest time of the year, stinging insects are perhaps one of the most worrisome and that is because wasps and yellow jackets are capable of inflicting stings that are not only painful but that can be dangerous as well.  While reactions vary by individual, a sting can produce a minor ache but can also cause severe allergic reactions. Stinging insects can be dangerous and should be avoided by children as well as adults. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at stinging insects in Colorado in this posting and to give a little advice on what steps you can take to reduce encounters with these summer pests.  

Wasps, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects are not generally aggressive by nature but if they do feel threatened then they very well could sting you. And not only are the stings very painful but some people have serious allergic reactions to the venom of the sting. If you begin to notice any signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling in face or throat it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

The best way to avoid the stings is to become aware of activity on or around your property. If you have a nearby wasp or yellow jacket nest then you will likely see an increase in the number of these pests swarming and buzzing around. You may want to perform an inspection of your property to see if there are nests in trees, bushes, or shrubs around the home. If your inspection fails to identify a nest, it could be that you are attracting stinging insects in other ways. To help prevent any stings this summer from wasps and yellow jackets, our Denver pest control pros suggest following these tips:

  • Avoid taking sugary drinks outside with no cover. The sugar attracts the stinging insects and they will become a major problem if you are trying to host a gathering.

  • Keep food covered as much as possible when eating outside. As with the sugary drinks, stinging insects are also attracted to some foods.

  • Always wear shoes when going outside in case you happen to step on an unseen nest.

  • Keep your doors and windows closed unless they are secured with a screen.

If the stinging insects are becoming a major problem or if you have spotted a nest near your home in Denver, Boulder or surrounding areas, then please contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions right away. Our trained technicians can safely remove the nest from your property and help you identify ways to avoid future problems with stinging insects as well as other common summer pests.