How to Enjoy the Summer Sun Without Getting Stung

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FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Summer has officially begun and families are heading outdoors in droves to enjoy the warm weather. The hot summer sun isn’t the only thing you need to protect against, however. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reminding Americans to stay vigilant in protecting against stinging insects.

“Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year,” said Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “If you spot a nest on your property, do not try to remove it yourself. Stinging insects can become aggressive if provoked, so it’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional to safely remove the nest from your property.”

For safe summer fun, the NPMA is sharing helpful tips to prevent painful stings this summer:


Typically yellow and black, yellowjackets are territorial and will sting if threatened. They feed on sweets and proteins, so be sure to clean up any crumbs or spills and cover all food items at outdoor events.

Bald-faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets have black bodies and a predominantly white-patterned face and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. If you spot a nest on your property, contact a licensed pest control professional and do not attempt to remove it yourself.

Africanized Bees

Often golden yellow with darker bands of brown, Africanized bees, nicknamed “killer” bees, have been known to chase people for more than a quarter mile once provoked. Avoid wearing dark colors, floral prints and sweet-smelling perfume or cologne when spending time outdoors, as these can attract Africanized bees.

For more information about stinging insects, visit

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.


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