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5 Simple Tips to Prevent Bug Bites and Bee Stings

They may be small, but insects can pack a powerful punch with their painful bites and stings. It’s no wonder why people try to avoid and repel these biting and stinging pests as much as possible.

To keep hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, bees, spiders, ants, mosquitoes, and other pests at a considerable distance, we have a few tips to help. Avoid painful bites and stings especially as summer is winding down and fall is drawing closer. This is the time of year when many pests like biting hobo and yellhobo and yellow sac spidersow sac spiders are more abundant and seeking shelter in your home.

Before that happens, protect your Utah property with professional pest control from the experts at H2 Pest Control, and be sure to follow the tips below.

Keep Still

Our instinct when a bee comes buzzing our way is to swat it away, but that may not be the best approach. Some stinging and biting insects will interpret your swings at them as a challenge and become more aggressive.

The better tactic, then, is to remain calm and still, moving out of the way and to another location slowly and without threatening the insect.

Choose Clothing Wisely

What clothing you wear also can be an easy way to invite or prevent insect bites and stings. When going outside, particularly in long grass or strongly wooded areas, wear long sleeves and pants that cover more skin. The less skin you expose, the fewer chances you give bugs to bite or sting you.

Shoes are also a must. Many insects, even flying ones like wasps and bees, remain close to the ground. Throw on some sandals, or better yet closed-toe shoes, to keep your feet and ankles protected from their bites.


Chill Out

While long sleeves can help, be careful not to heat up too much when outside by wearing too much clothing. Pests are attracted to hot and moist environments, meaning they will be drawn to you when you’re sweating.

Cool down when you can, especially if you are exerting yourself from exercise or are going out on a hot day. Bring cold water with you, take breaks, find a shady spot to rest, and wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.

Tone Down

Speaking of clothes, bright colors and floral patterns may also attract biting or stinging insects. They will be naturally drawn to brighter clothing that resembles the same colors found in the flowers they love. Instead, wear muted colors like earthy browns and greens or neutral tones to draw less attention to yourself.

For similar reasons, putting on your favorite perfume or scented lotion when you go out may be a bad idea. Wasps, bees, and other insects will be lured to these fragrances that remind them of flowers or sweet and sugary substances. Tone it down with unscented products for a day out in the mountains or elsewhere.

Repel Pests

Repel Pests

It may go without saying, but one of the most effective ways to prevent painful pest bites or stings is with a strong insect repellent. Wear bug repellent and reapply it often for your best defense against pests.

If you’re staying close to home, protect your property from biting and stinging pests with pest control treatments and repellent sprays. Keep in mind, though, that some “strong” repellents are filled with chemicals harmful to the environment and your health. Other eco-friendly repellents provide you with the same protection without endangering you, your family, or the environment around you.

H2 Pest Control is proud to use such eco-friendly repellents and pest treatments exclusively. We offer total home pest control that will keep wasps, bees, scorpions, spiders, ants, and other stinging or biting pests away for good, free of any harmful toxins.

Contact us for a free inspection and quote today!