Watch Out for Wasps

    Warmer Weather Brings out Summer's Stinging Pests

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Though a mild spring may have delayed the
emergence of pests, warmer weather has national pest management provider Orkin
PCO Services seeing an increase in stinging pests, such as wasps, as summer
sets in.
    While the spring impacted regions across Canada differently, Orkin PCO
branches throughout the country indicate that wasps and other stinging pests
are currently the most consistently active pests. This is especially the case
for provinces experiencing unusually high temperatures, like Vancouver.
    While insects such as wasps serve a unique and purposeful role in the
environment, their painful sting can pose a danger to those enjoying the
outdoors. Reactions to wasp stings, including those of yellow jackets and
hornets, can cause infection at the site of the sting, difficulty breathing,
headaches, fever, vomiting and anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction). These
insects can even be deadly to people allergic to their venom. People
experiencing these symptoms after an insect bite or sting should seek
immediate medical attention.
    "Bees and wasps are among the insects people will encounter during the
warmer months," said Bill Melville, a 35-year pest management veteran and
director of quality assurance for Orkin PCO Services. "People assume that
these pests are just irritating and do not realize they can pose serious
health risks."
    As Canadians prepare to take their remaining summer holidays and squeeze
in those last weekends at the cottage, it is important to note that wasps are
at their highest numbers during the late summer and early fall. They build
colonies and nests where they have access to constant food sources, and
gravitate toward treats like cookies and pop, which provide sugar and protein
    "Pests usually are attracted to food, water and optimal temperatures,"
said Melville. "By understanding what attracts these pests, people can take
simple steps to protect themselves."
    As you prepare for outdoor activities in the warmer temperatures, the
experts at Orkin PCO Services recommend the following simple tips to make
homes and yards less attractive to stinging insects:

    -   Seal food tightly in containers.
    -   Cover pop cans or drink from clear cups. Yellow jackets love sugar
        and may enter cans unseen.
    -   Empty and wash garbage cans regularly.
    -   Fit screens and tighten seals properly on doors and windows.
    -   Frequently monitor for nests.
    -   Call a licensed pest control professional immediately for treatment
        and removal.

    About Orkin

    Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in
essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents
and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the
Middle East. With more than 400 locations, Orkin's almost 8,000 employees
serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and
numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice,
hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management,
schools and institutions. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc.
(NYSE:   ROL). Learn more about Orkin PCO Services by visiting

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