Mosquitoes are one of summer's most common irritants. Mosquitoes bite to feed off of the blood of humans and animals, and tend to boast active later in the day when the sun is not as hot. To avoid bites, apply insect repellent before going outdoors. Another way to avoid bites altogether is to discourage the presence of mosquitoes in your yard to begin with. They're attracted by standing water, which is where they lay their eggs. Make sure your backyard doesn't have any of these mosquito attractors- empty out any gardening containers, buckets, trash cans, or other backyard objects which may catch and retain water. Try using a large citronella candle or citronella torches to keep mosquitoes at bay.
   Sometimes, however, the best measures can fail and you may still get bitten, an experience we've all had. The bites can cause itchy red bumps, a result of your body's allergic reaction to the
mosquitoes saliva. The urge to scratch can be tempting, but too much scratching can cause a skin infection or scarring  so try to resist the urge. Ease the itching with an over the counter ointment or
salve.
Bees and wasps are another hazard of summer, common in backyards at picnics and at barbecues. While honeybees play a very beneficial role by pollinating plants, that doesn't make their
stings hurt less! However, they are not an aggressive insect and generally don't sting unless trapped or provoked. They seek nectar from flowers to bring back to their hive, so they are commonly found
around gardens. Should you see one, try not to react in a panicked manner- like previously mentioned, they're non aggressive and sting only when provoked. Unless you happen to be a tasty nectar filled
garden flower, remain calm and chances are the bee will move on. If you do happen to be stung, remove yourself from the area and go somewhere indoors and protected. if you have a bees nest on a deck or patio or other area commonly reserved for people then the bet recourse is to call professional Pest Control immediately. Cato's trained technicians use method's and equipment specifically designed for safe removal of stinging insect hives and nests. attempting to resolve the situation on your own may prove dangerous especially if allergies are involved. Honeybees are hive creatures, and
when one stings you they release a pheromone that may attract other bees.Honeybees have barbed stingers, which actually embed in your skin. This means that when the bees stings you, the stinger
detaches and the bee dies, so each be can sting only once. Your first priority is to remove the stinger from your skin, as it can actually release more venom over time. Gently scrape the stinger out with your finger nail or a credit card. Wasps, on the other hand, tend to be slightly more aggressive. They are frequently attracted to human activities as they like to feed off of the sugary residues of foods, like desserts and sodas. They can be attracted to garbage cans for this very reason, so make sure to keep your garbage cans clean and properly sealed to avoid turning them into a hazard. Wasps can sting more than once, so as in the case with honey bees, when you have been stung, remove yourself from the area. In the case of both wasp and bee stings, one of the best remedies is also the simplest- ice. Apply ice to the sting site to both ease the pain and reduce the swelling.  You can also take an over the counter anti histamine for the itching and ibuprofen for the pain.  However, some few people are allergic to wasps and bees. If you experience excessive pain, swelling, or shortness of breath, it make the sign of an allergic reaction and you should seek appropriate medical attention. If you see a wasp or two they may simply pass by with no cause for alarm, but if you see wasps repeatedly in the same area it is best to call Cato as soon as possible. wasps are habitual creatures and once they become established in an area they will come back season after season. The longer they are entrenched in an area the more difficult they will be to remove.

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