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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:09 am 
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Even though the heat of summer is calming a bit, he said people, especially those who have allergies to stinging insects, still need to be cautious about spending time outdoors because these pests are still at large.
"Throughout September is when the colonies are at their biggest and most aggressive," he said.
The bugs aren't out to get you, he added. They're just out looking for food or doing reconnaissance for the colony. But he warns that swatting at a flying insect that stings is definitely not a good idea.
"A lot of species send out pheromones that send messages to others in the colony to come out and attack," he said. So waving away a honeybee, for instance, might mean warding off a cadre of its nest-mates a moment later. ... me-of-year

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:15 am 

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:38 pm
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Location: Toronto
September is the worst month for stinging insects. They are more aggressive, and they seem to go in to semi-hibernation when it gets cool, then come back out on a warm day. They seem to be groggy, stupid, and in your face.

Spring is worse then summer too -- but September is the month I fear the most for my son.

self: allergy to sesame seeds and peanuts
3 sons each with at least one of the following allergies: peniciilin, sulfa-based antibiotic, latex, insect bites/stings

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