Expert explains how to avoid wasp stings

Updated: August 12, 2019 08:24 AM

Wasps are particularly pesky this time of year, and that means you may want to keep a close eye on your surroundings for the upcoming weeks, one expert says. 

Todd Leyse, the president of Adam’s Pest Control, stated that those who plan on being outdoors should keep a few things in mind when it comes to avoiding wasp stings.

“Be aware of your surroundings, particularly if you are drinking from a pop can. Sometimes they will go inside the pop can,” Leyse said.” “So keep track of your beverages, and don’t wear brightly colored clothing like flower print clothing ‘cause they may think it’s a potential food source.”

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Leyse added that when wasps are near, it’s important not to wave your arms, a tempting instinct.

“[Waving your arms] actually makes it worse. I myself like to blow at them. If they are in front of my face, I just blow at them,” Leyse said. “It’s almost like wind to them.”

If a wasp succeeds in stinging you, Leyse stated that you should run away in a straight line, keep your head down and to avoid jumping into water.

“Because as soon as you surface, they will be there waiting for you,” Leyse said. 

If you do end up at the State Fair, it’s also best to avoid trash cans where wasps tend to congregate. Experts also stress carrying an EpiPen if you know you're allergic.

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Experts say that that due to the fact that wasps are switching over from carb-driven diets to proteins this time of year, they may be more attracted to foods humans like to carry.

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