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The dog days of summer are here and now that the temperatures are more comfortable after a summer of extreme heat, many homeowners are starting to spend more time outdoors.  Unfortunately, this drop in temperature also causes bees, yellow jackets, wasps and other stinging insects to become more active.  Plunkett’s Pest Control would like to caution homeowners: beware of these stinging insects as many become much more aggressive as the weather changes and we would like to remind you that there are a few things you can do to prevent a painful sting.

  • If you are planning an outdoor event you should store food inside until it’s ready to be served.  After the meal, make sure you clean up immediately
  • Keep trash, with tightly-fitting lids, at least 20 feet away from events
  • Don’t wear brightly colored, floral patterned clothing; it may appear like flowers to stinging insects
  • Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes, shampoos and body sprays; they smell like flowers to yellow jackets and wasps
  • Cover up whenever possible, especially shoes, in case you step on a yellow jacket nest in the ground
  • If a yellow jacket or wasp drops by, do not swat or try to kill it
  • If you discover a nest on your property DO NOT attempt to remove it on your own.  Call in pest professionals who specialize in removing yellow jackets, wasps and other stinging insects
By implementing a few common sense tips from Plunkett’s, your outdoor festivities during the dog days of summer can be sting free.  If you live in Bettendorf, Moline, or elsewhere in the Quad Cities region and would like more information on stinging insects, please contact Plunkett’s today.  We also provide pest control services for stinging insects and other nuisance and damaging insects and rodents throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.

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