Batzner Pest Management, Inc.: Bees are a growing concern in Wisconsin

Contact: Christine Venuti- Marketing Manager or
Jerry Batzner-President
Batzner Pest Management, Inc.
16948 W. Victor Rd
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: 262-797-4160

NEW BERLIN, WI- August 15, 2012- Did you know that there are more than 20,000 different insects that you could encounter outdoors during a Wisconsin summer? Most of these insects are harmless, but some of the stinging insects will attack people to defend themselves or obtain food.

Bees, in particular, are of greatest concern. Dave Kusnierek, Area Service Manager and Associate Certified Entomologist at Batzner Pest Management, said “We have had 6 times more requests for service due to bee problems than we had a year ago. Bees pose a problem for a lot of people, especially if they are allergic.” No doubt, bees are a normal part of every Wisconsin summer. They are uninvited guests to outdoor barbeques, parties, and other outdoor recreational activities. They are normally not aggressive, but will sting to defend themselves if they feel threatened.

Ironically enough, the defense mechanism of the honeybee actually ends up killing the bee, because it leaves its stinger and poison sac behind. The honeybee stinger is much like a fishhook, and will continue to inject venom if the stinger is not scraped off immediately.

Other bees like yellow jackets and wasps have un-barbed stingers, and can sting repeatedly. Yellow jackets in particular pose an increased problem with stinging people from the end of summer through early fall. They seek out sugar or protein, so it is best to keep drinks and food covered when outdoors, and to put trash in garbage bins with tight-fitting lids.

Bees love sweet and fragrant things, so avoid wearing cosmetics, hair sprays, or lotions that will attract them. Wear shoes at all times when outdoors. Although barbequing is a popular summer activity for humans, it is also popular for bees, so keep that in mind and take caution. If a bee does land on you, move slowly and calmly brush it away.

So what do you do if you are stung? You will likely experience an intense burning or stinging sensation, with swelling and/or itching at the sting site after some time. Apply ice to decrease swelling and the chance of the venom spreading.

Stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room every year due to allergic reactions to stings. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, tightness in the throat, nausea, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, or even unconsciousness. If you see someone displaying these symptoms, dial 911.

If you are experiencing an infestation, please call a professional pest management company ASAP.