As the warm summer weather approaches both people and insects will soon be outside in abundance. Bees, wasps, mosquitos and wood ticks are just a few of the common insects in Minnesota that can cause everything from minor itching to serious diseases like Lyme Disease and West Nile. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe from insect bites and stings.
Stinging insects will be most common near woods, gardens, picnic areas and trash containers. Around the home be cautious around eaves, attics, and crawl spaces where insects may build nests. If there are fruit trees in your yard, keep the fruit from collecting under the tree where bees and wasps will be attracted.
When picnicking outdoors keep food sealed until you are ready to eat. Dispose of food waste in enclosed trash can or trash bags.
Avoid wearing perfumes, scented cosmetics, lotions, deodorants which can attract bees and other stinging insects.
Choosing the right clothing can lower the chances of attracting insects. Wear neutral, light colored clothing in a single color rather than brightly colored clothing.
Wear fully enclosed socks and shoes rather than sandals. Tighter fitting, long shirts and pants can prevent insects from becoming entangled under clothing.