It is the time of year when yellow jacket wasps are on the move and a real nuisance. Joan McVoy is a registered nurse and Education Coordinator at the Nebraska Regional Poison Center says those tailgating or on a picnic may have unwanted company. Their food supply is running low so they are scavenging and are attracted human food, especially fruit and soft drinks.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center recommends covering food when eating outdoors. McVoy says more than once a wasp has climbed into a soda can and that typically ends with a nasty sting inside the mouth. They also recommend not wearing perfume, scented soap or shampoo when heading outdoors and avoid wearing bright colored flowery prints as that attracts wasps. Never swing, strike or run from a wasp. Rapid movements can provoke it to sting. All trash cans need tight fitting lids and if pets are fed outdoors make sure to wash their dish when finished.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center also warns of spider bites this time of year. They are especially concerned about the brown recluse, yellow or orange in color with a violin shaped marking on the head. These bites can cause a skin sore that is slow to heal. The black widow is typically has a red hourglass shape on its belly and that bite can cause muscle aches and pains.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center number is 1-800-222-1222 and they recommend it is programmed into every phone. The center is staffed with professionals 24/7.