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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Chances are, you’ve dealt with some type of stinging insect at some point in your life. These irritating and threatening insects may seem frightening, but some species of stinging insects, such as honey bees, are actually beneficial to the ecosystem. Stinging insects are categorized by their sharp stingers and nest creations. Wasps and bees are the stinging insects most of us will encounter on a day to day basis, and each have similarities and differences that set them apart from each other. Stinging insects may be social - meaning they live in large colonies - or solitary, depending on their species.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Unless you are allergic, most types of solitary stinging insects will never leave you with more than a painful sting when aggravated. However, large colonies of wasps have the potential to be life-threatening, even if you are not allergic to the venom they produce. Wasps, such as yellow jackets, will swarm anyone they perceive as a potential threat to their colony, which can be fatal on some occasions. Honey bees, on the other hand, are helpful for the environment by pollinating flowers, plants, and fruit trees. Most honey bees will not sting you if you leave them alone, but may come near if you’re wearing scented lotion, shampoo, or strong perfumes. In most cases, if honey bees are attracted to the scent you are wearing, they will move on once they discover that you will not provide them with any nectar.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects, such as wasps and bees, are constantly searching for food they can eat and bring back to feed their colonies. Naturally, this makes properties with more food sources a larger target for stinging insects that may be searching for a location to build their nests. Open soda cans, full trash cans, and spilled food or drink items may draw wasps to your property and entice them to stick around.

Where will I find stinging insects?

In some instances, certain species of stinging insects will search for a sheltered place to build their nests in the fall, in order to avoid the cold and survive the winter. These areas may include attics, ventilation systems, wall voids, porches, decks, and roof eaves. Bees and wasps also build hives in tall trees, in sheds, or even underground.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Eliminating stinging insects from your property is dangerous to attempt alone, and may even harm the environment. The highly trained pest experts here at Bug Busterzzz Pest Control possess the skills and knowledge needed to determine whether your stinging insect population must be relocated or treated. Humans rely on honey bees to pollinate our crops and fruit trees, and it can be damaging to the ecosystem when honey bee hives are eliminated. Bug Busterzzz only uses methods of removal and relocation for honey bee infestations, along with effective treatment options for wasp infestations. If wasps or bees are infesting your property, give Bug Busterzzz a call. We will handle your problem the right way!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Professional stinging insect removal and treatment is really the only way to keep stinging insects away once they’ve settled.
But you can help keep your property nearly pest free by following these preventative tips:

  • Seal cracks and crevices that may allow wasps or bees to create hives in your attic or wall voids.

  • Cover all food items when outside, and never leave open soda cans lying around.

  • Ensure that all your garbage cans are properly sealed.

  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes and scented lotions when outdoors.

If stinging insects are causing you to lose your sanity, reach out to the pest technicians here at Bug Busterzzz Pest Control!


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