Stinging Insects

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The stinging insect is a term used to describe bees, yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets. The stinging insects in our area belong to the Hymenoptera order. Surprisingly, the group is also home to ants. While bees and wasps are frightening, they’re generally not dangerous. In some cases, they can be helpful because they’re going to pollinate nearby plants. However, some species are worse than others. Therefore, you should spend time learning more about the species living on your property.

Otherwise, you might walk into a dangerous situation. Use the information below to find out which species you’re dealing with.

Stinging Insect Species

Do you know which stinging insect you’re dealing with? Until you do, it is a good idea to remain a safe distance from these pests. Below, you’ll find advice for figuring out what stinging insect is on your property.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are regularly found in our area. Although they might sting, this stinging insect is less aggressive than others. Stay away from the pest in question and you’ll likely be okay. The paper wasps in our area are going to build small, grey nests. While their nests can be found elsewhere, they’re primarily found around the overhangs of your home. You might find one on your fence too.

There are several paper wasp species in our area. Some have black and yellow stripes while others have brown bodies with a few deep orange spots. Call our office so we can help you identify the species.

Bald-Faced Hornets

The bald-faced hornet needs to be avoided at all costs. Otherwise, you’re going to get stung multiple times. Like other stinging insects, the bald-faced hornet gets more aggressive as the colony grows. Avoid them in early fall because they’re emboldened around this time. These stinging insects have large thoraxes and heads. Their bodies are white, black, and smooth. A bald-faced hornet nest will look like an upside-down triangle.

Yellowjackets

Hopefully, you’re not dealing with yellowjackets. These pests are incredibly dangerous for multiple reasons. First and foremost, they can build underground nests and they can sting people several times. Although you should avoid them always, it is particularly important to stay away from them in late summer. Although some yellowjackets are going to build underground nests, others build nests above ground. Their nests will be covered by a material that looks like paper.

Yellowjackets have black antennas and yellow legs. Their bodies have yellow and black stripes.

Honeybees

The honeybee is one of the least aggressive stinging pests in our area. In most cases, you don’t need to worry about these pests stinging you. The honeybees in our city are less aggressive. Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone. If you love honey, you should think about raising honeybees to collect the honey they store. When doing so, you can raise these pests to ensure they won’t sting people. Their nests are elaborate and made of wax. It is common to find them placed on cavities on walls, rocks, and trees. Since they return to the same nest multiple times, they must store honey to ensure they can survive during the cold winter months.

Honeybees have fuzzy bodies. They’re also orange or yellow.

Carpenter Bees

You may run into carpenter bees around our city. It happens from time to time. If your property has untreated softwoods, you might find yourself struggling with a carpenter bee infestation. While carpenter bees create problems for homeowners, they’re not dangerous because they rarely sting. It is hard to pinpoint a carpenter bee’s nests because they’re small. A carpenter bee nest is only a 3/8-inch hole in softwoods. These stinging insects are going to drill holes in wood decks, wood siding, and other wood surfaces.

They’ll drill the hole, discard the wood, and raise their offspring in the hole. These stinging insects are large and look like bumblebees. A carpenter bee with a yellow spot around its face is a male carpenter bee.

Dangers Of Stinging Insects

While stinging insects are frightening, their bark is often worse than their bite. Surprisingly, male members of any species will not be able to sting. The female stinging insects can and will sting, but they’re timid and rarely do. However, you must remember that the risk level depends on the stinging insect you’re dealing with. Some species are very dangerous. When you find yellowjackets or bald-faced hornets on your property, be cautious. The risks are immense since these pests can and will sting multiple times. If the stinging insect thinks you’re a threat to their colony, they’re going to attack you.

In some cases, multiple stings can lead to anaphylactic shock, and it could be fatal.

Reasons For Invasions Of Stinging Insects

Stinging insects can approach homes for several reasons, but it depends on the stinging insect you’re dealing with. However, most of them are searching for places to build nests.

Properly Eradicating Stinging Insects

Remember that the stinging insects on your property could be dangerous. If you don’t take the problem seriously, there is a risk that someone in your home is going to get seriously hurt. Unfortunately, some stinging insect bites can be fatal. Therefore, it is pertinent to do what you can to protect the people you love. For starters, you should let a professional rectify the problem for you. It is a good idea to stay away from do-it-yourself sprays because they pose risks are well. Some are dangerous since they contain toxic materials. Plus, you might get stung once you’ve sprayed the nest.

Call us. We’re always ready to help.

You’re Protected With Us

Work with us to ensure that you’re going to be protected during each phase of the process. Our technicians aim to ensure that everyone in your home is going to be okay. We provide our clients with peace of mind because our treatments are safe. When dealing with stinging insects, we’re going to resolve the problem using EPA-approved products. Rest assured knowing that you’re in good hands with us as your primary exterminator.

The Cost Of Our Service

Be sure to learn more about the cost of our service. We do not offer universal pricing. Instead, the price of our stinging insect treatment depends on several important factors, including the size of your property, your stinging insect, and the size of the pest’s nest. We’ll inspect the circumstances before giving you a bid price.

When Can Your Technician Start?

We’re eager to help you resolve this problem. When you’re ready to reclaim your home from the stinging insects, call us. After you’ve called our local office, you’ll get a call from our representative within 48 hours.

Keeping Stinging Insects Away

Stinging insects should be kept away from your property. If you can achieve this goal, you won’t need to pay for our services. Start by painting or staining any softwoods around your home. Alternatively, you can try switching to hardwoods. Doing this will stop some of them but not all of them. Therefore, you should sign up for our home service program. We recommend it so we can tackle the problem before it worsens. We’ll arrange to visit your home three times each year. If we find any stinging insects on your property, we’ll get rid of them. The price of our home service program will cover the cost of treatment.

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