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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Flying pests with stingers or the ability to use their stingers are referred to as stinging pests. This segmented group of pollinating insects often include bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. Many of these pest varieties are distinguished by their black and yellow colors, their aggressive behaviors, and their loud buzzing sounds created by rapid wing beats.

The following is a list of characteristics broken down by species type and common variety.

  • Bees are small fur-covered insects that are typified by oblong bodies and black and yellow stripes. Bees are only capable of stinging a single time before dying, which is why this stinging insect variety is much less aggressive than others. Bees are also vital to our ecosystem as important pollinators.
  • Wasps are aggressive insects measuring around 5/8 to ¾  an inch in length. Wasps are a large group of pests and include other species such as yellow jackets and hornets. Wasps come from the Vespid family, which often includes eusocial species (insects that work together in social environments). They may sting many times without stopping. 
  • Yellow Jackets are territorial stinging insects that appear similarly to honeybees without their fuzz. It is important to avoid stepping on grass that could house some of their hives, which are often built into the ground. 
  • Hornets are the largest of the eusocial stinging insects and may be as large as 1 1/2 inches at maturity. They are a dark yellow and almost orange pest, with wings slightly smaller than their bodies. These stinging insects may be active both during the day and during the late evening hours, although they are not expressly nocturnal.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

More than half a million people are sent to the emergency room each year due to complications from stinging insects. Victims with allergies or sensitivities may be more at risk for health risks than others, although medical attention may be needed regardless of the reaction. Stings are often quite painful and result in large, red welts on the skin. 

Some stinging insects have stingers that will detach after a single sting. Others can attack several times before their stinger is removed. Still, other species may not lose their stingers at all. This makes any interaction with a stinging insect extremely dangerous.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects become much more active during the late summer and early autumn months. This is a time period in which many people spend time outdoors, and come into close contact with insect species. The increase in stinging insect activity around your lawn is likely due to outdoor parties during the summer that produce an excess of food or water. 

Some stinging insects such as bees prefer lawns with flowering plants. Should you have any kind of landscaping that requires pollination, you can expect to see an influx of stinging insects during the summer months.

Where are stinging insects commonly found?

You will find stinging insects around flowers, food items, and sugary drinks left outside. Stinging insects gather in small colonies that build nests to house their young. These nests can be found near attics, along eaves, and even in the ground due to subterranean colonies. If you find a stinging insect nest, reach out to a professional to help you with removal. Stinging insects can be quite territorial, and you do not want to risk several stings when attempting to remove a nest.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Do not approach or attempt to remove a stinging insect nest on your own. Contact Mosquito Elite Pest Control for stinging insect treatment as soon as possible.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To keep stinging insects off of your property, prevention strategies are always helpful. Here are some tips to keep stinging insects away:

  • Clean up food messes immediately. 
  • Keep all garbage sealed in a bin with a lid. 
  • Manage the number of flowering plants kept in your yard. 
  • Inspect your property for nests. Look carefully in the eaves of buildings or near the corners of rooftops. Contact a professional to aid in removal. 
  • Implement a recurring pest control plan to monitor your property for stinging insects.

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