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June 3rd, 2010

With approach of summer, beware of stinging insects in NC

The Associated Press • June 1, 2010

RALEIGH — With vacations being planned and the hot and humid weather looming, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today reminded people that stinging insects such as wasps, bees, hornets and yellow jackets are a serious problem that become more active in the summer months. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), more than half million people are sent to the emergency room every year due to stinging insects.

“We are all excited about the upcoming summer months and look forward to spending more time outdoors,” said Burns Blackwell of Terminix Company in Greensboro and a board member of the NCPMA. “As we welcome the warm days of summer, the North Carolina Pest Management Association encourages the general public to be aware of pests that can sting or bite. Despite the danger these insects can pose, there are simple techniques we can all use to protect ourselves and enjoy the outdoors.”

The association is reminding North Carolinians that they should not let these stinging insects keep them from enjoying outdoor activities this summer. Instead, the association is providing a series of techniques to help avoid unwanted encounters with these insects.

These techniques include:
• Know that not every wasp or bee is ready to sting. Some are only interested in pests and don’t attack humans.
• Don’t swat or wave insects away. Gently and slowly brush the insects away from you.
• Keep food covered. Many wasps are attracted to sweet drinks and foods.
• Don’t sit near trash cans when picnicking. They are prime targets for yellow jackets.
• Don’t wear heavy perfume or aftershave when spending time outdoors. The smell attracts wasps and bees.
• Wear loose or baggy clothing when walking outside, especially in wooded areas. And always wear shoes to prevent stepping on insects.
• Watch for yellow jackets when doing yard work. Yellow jackets often live in nests in the ground which can be disturbed by lawnmowers, weed eaters and other lawn tools.
• Consult a pest management professional to determine the best solutions to reduce stinging insects and other pests from your home and yard.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stinging insects are most active during late-summer and early-autumn when nest populations can exceed 60,000 insects.

“Now is the time for the public to educate themselves on how to avoid provoking a stinging insect,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and NCPMA board member. “There is no need for these stinging insects to damper summer outdoor activities. Following these simple strategies and contacting a pest professional when needed, will help ensure a fun, relaxing summer for everyone.”

The NCPMA can provide North Carolinians with the name of a local pest management professional by visiting www.ncpestmanagement.org. The Web site offers an online tool to help North Carolinians find a local pest professional by typing in their zip code.

About the NCPMA
Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina. Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at: www.ncpestmanagement.org

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