As tree removal professionals, we’re no strangers to facing hazards on the job. But sometimes, the biggest danger can come from the tiniest of creatures – bees, wasps, and hornets. These stinging insects can be attracted to the smell of freshly cut wood and may become aggressive if they feel threatened. So how can you protect yourself from these buzzy beasts while stump grinding? We’ve got some tips to share.

First things first: protective clothing is a must. Cover up as much skin as possible with long sleeves, pants, and a hat. And leave the sweet-smelling perfumes and colognes at home – bees and wasps are attracted to strong scents, so it’s best to avoid wearing them while working.

If you do come into contact with a stinging insect while stump grinding, try to stay calm. Flailing your arms and swatting at the insect will only make it more agitated and likely to sting. Instead, slowly move away from the insect and try to get to safety. If you do get stung, remove the stinger as soon as possible (scraping it off with a fingernail or credit card works well) and wash the area with soap and water.

Now, it’s important to note that not all stings are created equal. Some people have severe allergic reactions to bee, wasp, and hornet venom, which can be life-threatening. If you experience difficulty breathing, dizziness, or other severe symptoms after being stung, seek medical attention immediately.

So there you have it – a few simple steps to keep you safe from those pesky stinging insects while stump grinding. Just remember: protective clothing, no strong scents, and stay calm if you do get stung. And as always, if you have any concerns about a potential allergic reaction, don’t hesitate to seek medical help. Happy (and sting-free) grinding!