Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

Stinging insects are serious pests to have buzzing around your property, and proper stinging insect control is necessary if you want to avoid problems with these pests.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are a category of insects that are known for their segmented bodies, stingers that deliver venom, and more aggressive, territorial nature. Some of these pests live in colonies with social caste systems, and you can often find a distinction between workers, drones, and the queen.

There are many different types of stinging insects in the local area that you could encounter around your property, including the following species:

  • Carpenter bees
  • Bumble bees
  • Solitary bees
  • Yellow jackets
  • Wasps
  • Paper wasps
  • Mud daubers
  • Band wasps
  • Digger wasps
  • Cicada killers
  • Bald-faced hornets
  • European hornets

If you need help with stinging insect identification, don’t hesitate to contact Combat Pest Control.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are notable among the more dangerous pest invaders to host around your property due to their aggressive nature and tendency to sting anything they perceive as a threat. Because stinging insects often hide their nests, you can stumble close to one without realizing it and end up on the receiving end of one or more dangerous, painful stings in no time.

Reactions to stinging insect stings range from pain and mild symptoms to severe pain, swelling, and anaphylaxis. The more stings you receive, the higher the chance of developing a serious allergic reaction, even in those without preexisting insect sting allergies.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

A stinging insect problem around your property typically occurs if plenty of attractants encourage these pests to nest there. Easy access to food, especially sweet-smelling food, overgrown areas to create nests, and access to moisture all contribute to your chances of winding up with a stinging insect infestation at some point.

Where will I find stinging insects?

You will most likely find stinging insects outdoors around their nests or scavenging for food. Stinging insect nests are commonly built in holes in the ground, under the eaves of buildings, underneath porches and decks, along the siding of structures, or high up in trees. If stinging insects invade your home, they are likely to be found creating nests in wall voids, garages, or attics.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Getting rid of stinging insects from your business or home can be tricky, thanks to the aggressive, dangerous nature of these pests. Instead of attempting to remove them yourself, contact Combat Pest Control. Our team will help identify the type of stinging insect invading your property and provide you with solutions that safely remove these pests. Request a free quote today to get started.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

If you want to keep future stinging insect problems at bay, follow our expert prevention tips.

  • Clear outdoor areas of overgrown foliage, long grass, and piles of debris, and fill in any holes around the property to reduce easy nesting sites for stinging insects.
  • Always clean up food and drink spills and never leave food and drink outdoors, as the aroma often attracts all kinds of stinging insects.
  • Cover up compost piles and outdoor trash cans and remove access to outdoor pet food to prevent stinging insects from scavenging in these areas.
  • Seal up any potential stinging insect entry points around your property with caulk, weatherstripping, and window or door screens to ensure these pests can’t infiltrate interior areas and cause further problems.

Contact Combat Pest Control right away if you notice an infestation on your property that needs professional stinging insect removal.

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