Mid-August onward, wasps are particularly troublesome as they are switching over from carbohydrates to a protein diet and therefore they are more attracted to human foods. So how do you avoid being stung by the nasty cousin of the bumble bee? First, be aware of your environment, especially if you are drinking from a pop or beer can - wasps like to go inside the can in search of sugar, and don’t wear brightly coloured clothing because wasps and hornets think it’s a potential food source. When wasps are near, it’s important not to flail your arms, as waving your arms essentially can make the situation worse. If you are stung, run away in a straight line and keep your hands over your face to protect it, the wasp soon will give up. If you happen to be going to the PNE (or any other outdoor event), it’s also best to avoid garbage cans as hornets and wasps tend to flock there and carry an EpiPen even if you’re not allergic to the nasty stings.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.