Stinging Insects can Cause Real Summer Fears But there are Real Ways to Prevent ThemNPMA Staff
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
By NPMA Staff
The term Cnidophobia
may be uncommon but what it describes is not. Cnidophobia is the
fear of insect stings. Although a "phobia" may seem to be an
overreaction to what some consider nuisance pests, homeowners must
recognize the health threats associated with stinging insects.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports more than
half million people are sent to the emergency room every year due
to stinging insects, which is why these summer pests must be
addressed efficiently and effectively.
are common summer stingers," says Missy Henriksen, vice president
of public affairs for NPMA. "As invaders of backyard barbecues,
these pests are attracted to sweets and proteins, and thus people.
However, even the slightest movement - such as a swat, can provoke
stinging insects. While their venom is no more dangerous than other
stinging insects, both pests can become aggressive when disturbed,
even accidentally, and tend to sting repeatedly, posing serious threats to adults and children
Although the fear caused by stinging insects can be real, there
are also real ways to prevent such stings.
The NPMA offers these specific tips:
- Wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
- Stinging insects are attracted to sweets; do not leave drinks
or food in accessible areas.
- Do not attempt to remove a nest on your own or swing/swat at
stinging insects; an aggressive reaction and repeated stinging may
- Keep windows and doors properly screened.
- Promptly remove garbage and store it in sealed
- If stung and you have a reaction, seek immediate medical
attention as reactions can be severe.