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Stinging Insects in the Fall

Hornet, Bee, Wasp, and Yellow Jacket Stings in the Fall Season

You would think that when the fall weather starts to settle in you should be free from pesky flying pests such as hornets, bees, yellow jackets, and wasps.

But the cooler weather brings out these stinging insects. They actually tend to get more aggressive during the fall time. While they are usually drawn to foods like carbohydrates and proteins during the summer and spring months, in the fall they tend to be more drawn to sweet and sugary foods such as fruit and sodas.

The Search for Food

Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are often part of a colony that can be as large as 10,000 females that are sent to go out in search of food. These workers are out all day looking for sugary sweets that can feed the entire colony.

These sweet treats are usually found near outdoor gatherings. The fall weather is a great time to get outside and have a barbecue or lounge by the pool. One of the foods that are almost always at your event is fruit. Wasps are also drawn to soda cans and other sweet beverages.

Be cautious of getting stung, especially if you are swatting and swinging away at a pest buzzing around you. You can also be stung if you are walking around in socks or bare feet and step on one of these stinging insects that may be in the grass. Some people are even stung in the mouth when they take a swig of their soda.

Stinging Insect Control

If you are stung by any of these pests it can be painful. You can clean the area with soap and water and use a topical cream to soothe the burning and itching. Seek medical assistance if you experience allergic symptoms.

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