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Higher numbers of wasps bring a busy, buzzing spring

In smaller numbers, wasps can be beneficial - the problem is when their numbers escalate. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) In smaller numbers, wasps can be beneficial - the problem is when their numbers escalate. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

As the days get warmer, we are all in a hurry to get outside - and that also goes for a number of pesky friends that can bring quite a sting.

Wasps are out in higher numbers now compared with the same time last year, according to pest control companies in the area.

In the last several weeks, more and more wasps have been seen buzzing around. They are drawn to the warmer climate, and now that things are heating up, they are out in force.

We spoke with an area pest control expert who said they have gotten more calls about these insects, wanting to put an end to their presence on porches and patios.

While wasps can be beneficial - they are natural predators of various other insects which may infiltrate your home - their populations can easily become overgrown and pose dangers to humans and animals alike.

There are a few home remedies you can try, such as a homemade wasp trap.

Another home remedy suggests spraying soapy water around the doors and windows of your home.

For preventative measures, avoid sitting outside with sugary drinks and foods and avoid brightly-colored clothing, all of which can attract these stinging insects.

Cologne and perfume are also inviting to wasps and other stingers due to their sweet fragrances.

Do not swat at a hovering wasp. Even if your swat does not connect, the insects release a pheromone that warns nearby insects of danger, which can then cause them to come in droves.

Of course, you do not want to aggravate an existing nest or put yourself in a situation where you could be attacked. The best solution in these cases is to call a pest control company to deal with the nest, whether it is outside or inside your home.

What should you do if you are stung? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you first keep a watchful eye on the affected area, monitoring for an allergic reaction. Remove the stinger, wash the site with soap and water, and apply ice. Avoid scratching the sting site.

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