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Important Tips to Stay Safe from Pests Outdoors

Important Tips to Stay Safe from Pests Outdoors

Small wasp nestStinging insects such as yellowjackets, wasps and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. And, if that’s not bad enough, they become extra feisty in late summer and early fall when their colonies forage for food to sustain their queens during the winter months.

While the thought of encountering a bee hive on the porch or a hornets nest under the patio is enough to make anyone want to stay indoors over the next few weeks, don’t fret. There are a handful of ways to ensure these pesky stingers won’t ruin your fun in the sun.

Seal cracks and crevices

One effective way to prevent an infestation of these insects and most other pests is to eliminate access and harborage sites around of the home. Stinging insects often build their nests inside attics and chimneys, behind porch lights and under decks or eaves. Homeowners should seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep these pests from moving indoors, and regularly inspect around the yard and along the perimeter of the house for nests.

Keep food covered

Have you ever been to an outdoor gathering where bees are swarming around the table of hamburgers, chips and fruit? Stinging insects are attracted to exposed food and open garbage cans. To avoid an unwanted encounter with a yellowjacket or bee during a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside and be sure to keep tight fitting lids on trash bins.

Avoid excessive use of fragrances

Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. If spending long periods of time outdoors, avoid excessive use of perfume or cologne. When possible, also choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions and sunscreen.

Adjust your wardrobe

Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, since these patterns are known to attract stinging insects. It’s also important to wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas as bumblebees and some hornets often nest there.

Remain calm, cool and collected

If a stinging insect is flying nearby, many people’s first reaction is to either swat the insect away or flail their arms in panic. However, these movements may actually provoke an attack. Do not swat the pest, but rather remain calm, slowly walk from the area and it should fly away with causing any harm. If you do get stung, carefully remove the stinger and seek medical attention, as reactions can be severe in some cases.

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If a nest is found on the property, keep yourself and other members of the family away and do not attempt to remove it on your own. Depending on the species, a nest could contain hundreds (if not thousands) of stinging insects, which could swarm and sting en masse if they are disturbed or feel threatened. Instead, contact a licensed pest professional who will be able to identify the species and aid in stinging insect control by either destroying the colony or removing it to a safe location.

Stinging insects can be hard to avoid as they often show up to picnics, cookouts and pool parties. The best way to prevent an unwanted encounter is to exercise caution when outdoors. To learn more about stinging insects, watch this Stinging Insects 101 video.

Information on Pet Pests

All about ticks

  • Must love dogs – Some tick species have preferred hosts. The American dog tick prefers to feed on domestic dogs and therefore is one of the most common tick species brought into homes.
  • All you can eat buffet – Ticks are much easier to spot after a meal. Some species will grow almost four times in size when engorged with blood.
  • High four – To find a host, ticks clasp onto shrubs or grass with their back legs and reach their front legs out to grasp onto passing fur or clothing.
  • Moving up in the world – Wherever they attach, ticks will crawl toward the head of their host. The skin around the neck and ears is thinner and these areas are also hardest for animals to groom.

All about fleas

  • Good vertical – Fleas can jump up to eight feet, which is 150 times their own height.
  • Here to stay – Unlike other pests, fleas typically remain on their host at all times. However, they are easily transferable to furniture or between animals.
  • Black sheep of the family – There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, but one species – the cat flea – accounts for the majority of infestations in the United States.
  • Don’t blame the dog – Fleas infest many animals like rodents and raccoons as well. If you suspect a rodent infestation, fleas may soon follow.

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The Bed Bug Tattoo Gun – 1000 Bed Bugs Feeding at Once

Bug Guy Posts YouTube Video of Bunny ‘Tattoo’ From 1,000 Hungry Bed Bugs

bed bug tattoo
bed bug tattoo

Insect expert Johnny Fedora gave himself a bunny-shaped “tattoo” by letting 1,000 bedbugs feast on his arm.

YouTube user JohnnyFedora, an entomologist, showed users what happens when skin is exposed of 1,000 of the critters, io9 reports. He put a rabbit-shaped stencil on the mouth of a jar filled with food-deprived bedbugs and held it to his arm.

After two hours, the rabbit tattoo is faint but visible. In 24, the entire area has become a red, rashy patch—unpleasantly itchy, he says.

In 48 hours, the bunny is back as a bumpy blister.

The rabbit and crescent tattoo— and the swelling—lasted only a few days before fading.

The bug expert used his body as an experiment to show users that bed bugs aren’t as vile as people think. Much of the population, he notes, doesn’t even notice a visible reaction from one bed bug bite. The blistering he experienced—as well as the pus-filled bumps—were the result of 1,000 hungry pests doing their worst.

Bed bugs are common pests in apartments and hotel rooms. The EPA recommends checking bed sheets and the seams of mattresses when staying away from home for signs of these unpleasant invaders. Red flags may include live bugs, rusty or reddish stains and pinpoint-sized dark spots

Hulett Environmental Services offers simple ways pet owners can keep their animals safe from pests

Hulett Environmental Services offers simple ways pet owners can keep their animals safe from pests Sad dog

The spring season is a time when all members of the family, including pets, wander outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and blossoming flowers. Unfortunately, it’s also prime pest season, which means pets are at risk of encountering hungry fleas and ticks that are in search of active hosts. As such, Hulett Environmental Services, a pest management company servicing South Florida encourages pet owners to take precautions against these dangerous pests during the warmer months.

Fleas are more than just an itchy annoyance. Their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and can transfer tapeworms in pets. Ticks can spread bacteria to pets and cause tick paralysis, which occurs when a female tick attaches near a pet’s spinal cord. This condition can lead to muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases, death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed.

In addition to the health threats posed by fleas and ticks, both pests are small in size and extremely mobile, making them difficult to detect and get rid of once inside the home. It’s extremely important for pet owners to be cautious of these pests and contact a licensed pest professional if they suspect an infestation.

The National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offers these tips to keep pets pest-free:

  • Check pets’ coats thoroughly for ticks and fleas on a regular basis, especially after spending time outdoors. Be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
  • Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where there is a greater chance of encountering ticks.
  • Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys frequently.
  • Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture regularly.
  • Empty vacuum bags in an outside receptacle.
  • Speak to a veterinarian about flea and tick prevention treatments.

For more information on pests, please visit www.bugs.com