The city is asking you to be careful when you throw out your trash to make sure the bags are closed properly. Wasps and other critters looking for food are attracted to the open bags, and some waste management workers have been stung three or four times.
Kevin Harper with Waste Management got stung on his route last year, and he is very allergic to the bites. “Well in my case, when I got stung, after five minutes I swelled up and couldn’t breathe. It’s a good thing that I had my Epi-pen with me. So I injected myself with the Epi-pen, called 911, and then the ambulance came and took me to the hospital.”
He says five other waste management workers were stung last year, including someone else who was also severe allergic.
“The issue we have right now is that the home-owners are putting out garbage and they’re not tying up the bags properly. And the bags are open, so the wasps are getting inside.” He says workers go to grab the bags, and get stung.
Harper also says the apples lying on the ground under your fruit trees also bring the wasps to your lawn. (eb)
The City of Edmonton offers these tips:
•Ensure garbage bags are tied up and cans are covered with lids.
•Keep waste storage area clean.
•Bag empty wine crates, as wasps are attracted to sugar and alcohol.
•Remove wasp nests from garbage areas as soon as they are discovered.
•Use wasp traps to distract them from the garbage area.
•Pick up all apples from lawns.