When you’re at an outdoor party and someone yells, “Bee!” — everyone runs for cover. Bees and wasps are important parts of our ecosystems but can certainly take the fun out of any outdoor activity. Here are some of the ways you can steer clear of the spring sting from bees and wasps, while still enjoying your springtime activities.

Don’t panic!

Seeing a bee or wasp can certainly cause alarm, especially for those with allergies. But chaos and commotion can make it more likely for a bee to sting. They can view the loud noises and sudden movements as threats and act defensively.

Cover your food

Refreshments are key to any outdoor event, but they can attract critters of all kinds to your party. Avoid any unwanted guests by covering food, cleaning up dirty or empty containers quickly, and taking food inside as soon as you’re done eating.

Avoid florals

Don’t stand near any flowering plants that bees may pollinate and plan to keep your party away from the garden. It may also be a good idea to avoid any floral perfumes or lotions, which can attract bees to you.

Protect yourself

If possible, wear long sleeves and pants to cover your skin. Clothing can be a great defense mechanism! Also, be sure to wear shoes (close-toed if you can) to prevent accidentally stepping on a bee or wasp.

Have epinephrine as needed

For those with severe allergies, a sting from a wasp or bee can be a quick ticket to the emergency room. Make sure to carry epinephrine if you, a friend, or your child are allergic to bee or wasp stings.

If you do discover a beehive or wasp nest on your property, what can you do? They’re often in garages, on the edge of your roof, or in trees. Locating the colony can be tricky but observing the flight patterns or congregations of wasps and bees is the easiest way to identify it. If the nest is small, you may be able to take care of it yourself.

However, if it does not appear safe to approach, or if you or a family member are allergic to wasps or bees, do not attempt to remove a nest. Call May Exterminating as soon as possible to have professionals eradicate the issue and keep you, and your family, safe.