Late summer and early fall are the most active times for bites and stings. If you’re anything like me, who freaks out at the mere sight of a bee or flying biting insect, then hopefully these tips will help avoid this.
Bees, wasps and hornets are the most common in the warmer months. Nests and hives may be in trees, under eaves and on equipment, such as ladders.
Take these steps to prevent stings and bites:
-Avoid perfumed soaps, deodorant and lotions.
-Avoid perfume or cologne
-Avoid eating bananas and banana scented toiletries
-Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. Sweat may anger bees.
-Wear as much clothing as possible. Clothing should be light colored with a smooth finish.
-Avoid flowering plants.
-Keep areas clean of food and food debris.
-Remain calm if a stinging insect is near you. Swatting at them will provoke them to sting.
-If you are attacked then move quickly indoors if possible because bees release a chemical when they sting which may attract other bees.
If you have a severe allergy to stings, then carry an Epipen or similar in an emergency.
I have found that at least with honey bees, if I stay calm they don’t bother me. We do need them to fertilize our crops and flowers, so they deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Michelle & Heidi
Bella Casa Team