Allergy & Asthma-Kent H. DeYarman, MD

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Avoiding Stinging Insects:

The best way to avoid allergic reactions to stinging insects (honeybees, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets) is to not get stung. These measures are all common sense but address the most common situations involving stings.


For additional information about all aspects of stinging insect allergy:


*Always wear shoes outdoors.

*Do not wear loose fitting clothing which may entrap bees.

*Do not wear dark clothing. White is least likely to attract bees.

*Avoid hair tonics, hair spray, perfumes, scented deodorants, scented soaps, etc. (If you look and smell like a flower you will attract bees).

*Avoid insect feeding grounds such as flower beds & clover fields (honeybees), garbage areas, picnic grounds, orchards with ripe fruit (yellow jackets). Do not leave food or garbage uncovered. Yellow jackets may are also attracted to water sources in late summer such as hoses, swimming pools, pet water dishes, etc.

*Do not molest nests. Nests should be destroyed by a professional exterminator. Yellow jacket nests are usually, but not always, underground with only a small opening that is nearly invisible. Hornet nests are large round structures often hanging from trees. Wasp nests are smaller paper nests found under eaves.

*Keep automobile windows & doors closes. Keep home windows & doors closed unless protected by screens.

*Avoid rapid movements when near stinging insects unless being pursued. Yellow jackets, in particular, are aggressive and may attack if you flail your arms or make rapid movements. Walk quickly and purposefully away.

*Keep a fast acting insecticide aerosol in your home and in your car and someplace readily accessible from outdoors such as the garage (out of reach of children).