Sting Patrol: Staying Safe from Flying Pests


Avoid stinging insects to enjoy healthier, happier days outside

Getting stung by a bee or a wasp takes all the fun out of your outdoor time. If your yard is being overrun by common stinging pests, it’s time to take action to reclaim your space.

Identify the Problem

Bees and wasps have distinctive characteristics that set them apart. Although you never want to get too close to any of these insects, these basics can help you distinguish them at a glance:

• Bumble bees are large, fuzzy and often carry pollen on their back legs.

• Honey bees are smaller and sport black abdominal bands.

• Carpenter bees are completely black with shiny abdomens.

• Paper wasps have thin waists and long, thin bodies.

All of these insects have the potential to sting, but honey bees are of particular concern in Arizona due to the possibility of Africanized varieties.

Know Your Reaction

Being mindful can prevent most unpleasant encounters, but sometimes you can get caught off-guard. If you’re not allergic to bees and wasps, experiencing the pain of a sting is the worst that can happen to you. Allergic individuals should always carry an Epi-Pen and know how to use it to prevent a serious reaction from occurring.

Give Them Space

Most of the time, stinging insects aren’t threatening as long as you leave them alone. Their stings are meant to be defense mechanisms, and certain species such as honey bees can only sting once before dying. If you see bees or wasps at work, it’s okay to observe from a distance, but never look up close. Paper wasps and Africanized honey bees are particularly aggressive about defending their territories if provoked.

Try a Deterrent

Certain smells are unpleasant to bees and wasps but won’t make your yard so stinky that you can’t stand it. Citronella candles, garlic powder and cucumber peels are all natural ways to deter stinging insects from congregating. Remove attractive smells by keeping flowering plants far away from the parts of the yard you use the most, and be sure to clean up all food and drinks after an outdoor meal.

Due to the fact that some stinging insects in the Phoenix area can be truly dangerous, it’s best to let the professionals at Burns Pest Elimination address the source of any infestations. Contact us for a free estimate and to have our trained technicians come right to your home. With help from Burns Pest Elimination, you can regain control of your yard and enjoy the beautiful weather without fear of being stung.