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Bites and Stings:

To reduce your family's risk of getting stings and bites dress children in light-colored (gray, white or tan), loose-fitting clothing that won't attract or trap insects and will minimize the amount of exposed skin.        

Before your child goes out to play, apply insect repellent to all exposed skin.  Teach your child to move slowly and carefully around insects and to stay away from places where biting and stinging insects are found. 

You should never swing your hand, strike or run away since quick movement often provokes attack and painful stings.  Loud noises will also disturb the nest.

When outdoors, avoid the use of heavily scented soaps, shampoos, perfumes, cologne, after-shaves and cosmetics.  Avoid shiny buckles and jewelry. 

If you or your child has a mild, localized reaction, reassure him or her and carefully remove the stinger if you can see it.  Wash the affected area with sterile alcohol if available and apply ice to reduce the swelling.  Consult your family physician as you feel is necessary.  Bites or stings require IMMEDIATE medical attention if your child has hives, trouble breathing, feels weak, faints or experiences severe swelling.

HINT:  By applying a meat tenderizer to the wound you can break down the components of the sting fluid - if it's not too deep.  This will help to reduce the pain.

Killing Wasp Nests:

Wasps and Hornets are less active at dusk or after dusk.  This is the time of day to conduct controlled operations, such as spraying nests.  To get a good shot use the Spray Close Spray Extender to position the can very close to the nest or it's opening.  This ensures the insecticide is applied right on the target.

If you determine you must spray during the daylight hours, the use of protective equipment, such as gloves, hat, veil, coveralls, etc., may help prevent you from stings from any airborne wasps. 

Usually after one or two days the nest can be removed carefully.

For nests that are located in-ground, the actual nest may be some distance from the entry/exit site.  Spray the access area with an insecticide and repeat until activity ceases.  By using the Spray Close Spray Extender, you can get closer to the nest to powerfully penetrate the entry/exit site.  There is no need to remove the nest, it will likely not be reused.

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