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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

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What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are insects such as bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants that use a stinger to defend themselves when threatened or to attack prey they are interested in eating. There are several types of stinging insects, but some species you should be cautious of including Africanized honey bees, wasps, and mud daubers.

You can identify stinging insects by their ability to fly, their coloring, which ranges from yellow and black patterns to solid red, black, and brown, and their more aggressive nature. Encountering a nest of stinging insects by accident can result in these pests swarming you, making stinging insect control all the more important.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects, no matter the species, are dangerous pests to encounter. They tend to be aggressive and will sting when they feel even remotely threatened. Stings can sometimes trigger allergic reactions even in people without preexisting allergy issues due to this pest swarming and delivering multiple stings.

Additionally, nests of stinging insects can often be hidden on your property, making it easy to stumble across them and receive multiple painful stings. If you need help with stinging insect identification and the location of nests on your property, contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

If you have a stinging insect problem on your property, there are likely many factors that attract them. Leftover food and drinks, a pest prey problem, moisture issues, and overgrown foliage or tree branches that provide nesting areas make your property hospitable to stinging insects that want easy access to food, water, and shelter.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects can hide in obvious or unsuspecting areas around your property, making them hard to track down. You may find stinging insect nests in hollow tree trunks, along the siding of your property, high up in trees on branches, underneath decks or patios, or hanging on the eaves of your house.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of stinging insects on your property by trusting ACTION Termite & Pest Control to remove all traces of these pests. Our team will safely remove stinging insect nests from your property, saving you the risks that come with attempting this yourself, and will work with you to prevent stinging insect infestations in the future.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

If you want to prevent stinging insect issues in the future, follow our expert tips for stinging insect control around your property.

  • Cut back overgrown foliage and branches to reduce nesting areas.
  • Never leave leftover food and drink outside, as the odor can attract stinging insects.
  • Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids and that waste is sealed tightly in bags to prevent stinging insects from scavenging.
  • To ward off these insects, utilize plants around your property that stinging insects hate, like marigolds and citronella.
  • Address moisture issues that may attract stinging insects and their pest prey to your property.

Contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control for more information about our home pest control solutions or assistance in defeating a stinging insect infestation.