Insect bites and stings


It's the time of year for baseball games, golf outings, camping trips, bike rides, picnics in the park, afternoons at the swimming pool and simply enjoying the day outdoors. But, let's not forget about those pesky insects. While most insects are simply a nuisance, others can cause anything from a painful bite to a severe allergic reaction.

Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jacket stings occur frequently during the warmer months. When a person develops symptoms other than localized pain soon after a bite or sting, severe allergic reaction is a major concern and he or she needs to be treated immediately.

Anyone who spends even a brief amount of time outdoors is exposed to the potential of being stung. In order to reduce the likelihood of being stung:

  • Avoid wearing bright or flowered clothes.
  • Don't wear heavy perfumes or scented lotions.
  • Control odors at picnics, garbage areas, etc.
  • Check before drinking from cups, bottles and cans. Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks.

Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jacket stings are usually only dangerous to a person who is allergic to the sting or who has been stung multiple times. Insects will bite at any time of the day, but most bites occur in the evening, so extra precautions should be taken after sunset.

In order for a safer environment, we ask that if you spot any insect nests that may be posing a safety concern, please contact Physical & Environmental Resources as soon as possible and provide the specific location of the nest so that they can mitigate the potential hazard.

Royal Roads Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee