Protect Yourself from these Stingers in Cheshire
In the midst of all of our summer activities, we sometimes forget that safety comes first. Aside from scratches, bumps, bruises and the occasional sunburn, we also need to be aware of our insect friends. While insects such as bees and anything with a stinger can be helpful to the environment, they can be physically harmful to us. From honeybees, yellow jackets, carpenter bees and hornets, here’s what they can do and how we can be safe in Cheshire.
Honeybees: Essential to pollinating gardens everywhere, and of course, providing the world with delicious honey, honeybees are our first topic of discussion. While they live in protected areas such as tree cavities or attic walls, honeybees can be easily aggravated and strike at any time. While these stings can be painful, the good news is that a honeybee can only strike once. After the first sting, their stingers rip off and the honeybee dies. Getting stung outdoors can sometimes be inevitable, but there are things we can do to prevent these insects from entering our Cheshire homes. Seal any openings where pipes or wire enter, and any gaps in your siding.
Yellow Jackets: You know these guys. They love sugar and tend to hang out around trash cans or picnics. They are also extremely territorial and feed on other insects such as caterpillars, spiders and other bees. Like I said these bees are territorial, so even just walking past one of their nests can cause an attack. This is not a hive you want to find around your yard. Always call a professional if you do.
Carpenter Bees: These are the little buggers that can put perfectly round holes in wood. You can often find them in eaves or beneath your deck but you don’t need to worry too much about being stung. While the females stay home building nests, the males are out flying around. However, the male carpenter bee cannot sting. The female can, but rarely does. While they are for the most part harmless to us physically, we still don’t want them messing with our wood! Unfortunately there aren’t too many great tactics for keeping them out, but if you see a manifestation – call the exterminator.
Hornets: Hornets are a part of the wasp family, and like yellow jackets, are very aggressive. While they can be provoked by sudden movement or loud noises, they are more likely to sting while you’re eating a food they like. Make sure your garbage cans (both inside and out) are properly sealed – and be aware at your next outdoor event!
Don’t forget about wasps! While enjoying your summer in Cheshire, don’t forget to watch out for these harmful insects. While a singular sting may not seem like a big deal, it is definitely enough to ruin the moment. Also, be prepared for an allergic reaction! On a side note, how about Cheshire real estate? For a Cheshire real estate agent, I give some good advice about summer safety. If you or anyone you know is in the position to buy or sell a Cheshire home, please contact me.