Many children, sooner or later, have a fearful (perhaps painful) encounter with bees or wasps. In fact, if a child is allergic to such stings, it can be quite logical as to why they’d be afraid of the buzzing, flying pests. While it is smart to safeguard against unfortunate encounters with bees and wasps, it’s unnecessary to live in fear of them. To that end, Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian‘s Book Doctor, has taken it upon herself to list a number of educational resources to allay children’s fears regarding these stinging pests.
Among the books listed is Bees and Wasps, designed for the classroom but just as useful within the home environment. The illustrated Insect Detective helps to put the power in the child’s hands, while Margaret Hall’s Wasps is more informative with real-life photos. Ant and Bee is a charming storytelling series, while Little Bee shows the ways entire ecosystems can work together (in a way children can understand). Each of these resources presents these pests in a different light, so you can select the one your child might best relate to, depending on their age and interest. Aside from educating them, you can also take immediate steps to protect your family against bees and wasps.
Protect Against Bees and Wasps
1. Use Localized Pesticides
There are many store-bought spray pesticides that are designed to use specifically against bees and wasps. Keep a can or two in the kitchen pantry in case one such pest gets inside the home–but be sure to keep the pesticides out of reach of children at all times, who may be more sensitive to the chemicals they contain.
2. Remove Nests
If a wasp nest has been established in or around your home, removing and destroying it is one way to eliminate wasp presence in the area. However, depending on the nest size and your potential allergic reaction to possible stings during the removal process, it may be wise to consider calling in a professional to handle the nest destruction.
3. Wear Protective Clothing
Too much exposed skin can leave a child vulnerable to bee and wasp stings. Of course, you don’t wish to bundle them up too much during warm spring and summer month. But if bees and wasps are around in abundance, it can help to wear more clothing until the problem is reduced or eliminated.
4. Have a First Aid Kit Handy
If anyone, child or otherwise, does get stung, having a first aid kit on hand is critical. The sting should be sanitized and assessed as soon as possible to determine whether it should receive further medical attention. Keep a first aid kit in the pantry or bathroom and within easy reach at all times.
Contact OmniShield today to learn more about bee and wasp pest control.