Stinging Insects

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Stinging insects are regularly found in our city. In fact, they often create problems for locals. All these insects belong to the Hymenoptera order which is also home to ants. Still, you’ll find that stinging insects are much different than ants. The category includes wasps, yellowjackets, bees, and hornets. While they’re helpful for pollinating plants, they’re also problematic. They can damage your property and sting people. Suffice to say, it is wise to eradicate the stinging insects on your property as promptly as possible. Use the advice below to learn more about these pests.

Which Pest Is It?

In our area, it is common for residents to encounter bald-faced hornets, paper wasps, carpenter bees, and yellowjackets. You must identify the pest species before you can work to resolve the problem.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellowjackets or bald-faced hornets. Nevertheless, they will sting. You have to keep your hands to yourself, or you’ll get stung. They build smaller nests that are round and grey. If you look closely, you’ll see that the nest has a unique honeycomb design. They will be found on your fences and eaves. Our area is home to two species of paper wasps. It is wise to familiarize yourself with European paper wasps and Northern Paper wasps. You’ll likely encounter both at some point.

Yellow jackets

The yellow jacket is one of the most dangerous stinging insects in our area. While they primarily build large nests above ground, some prefer building underground nests. When you encounter an underground nest, you likely won’t realize it until it is too late. Then, you might get stung multiple times. Suffice to say, the risks are immense. It doesn’t help that these pests become more aggressive as the colony reaches its peak size in early fall. When built above ground, yellowjacket nests are covered by a gray or black material.

The pest has yellow and black stripes with black antennas.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Locals often encounter bald-faced hornets. While they’re aggressive throughout the year, they get worse in late summer and early fall. If you find a nest, you must stay away from it. The nest will look like an inverted teardrop. It can be found on the side of your building or in the grass nearby. As for the bald-faced hornet, it will have a white and black body. Its body parts will be bigger than what you’d expect from other stinging insects.

Honeybees

It is always best to deal with a honeybee infestation since these stinging insects are less likely to sting. Some people raise honeybees and make them gentle. People enjoy this activity because they like collecting the honey produced by honeybees. Honeybee nests are different because they’re placed on flat services such as rock crevices and wall cavities. They have a beautiful honeycomb design and tend to be made from wax. The honeybee’s nest is used for multiple years. It stores honey to guarantee it has enough food for winter.

Honeybees are fuzzy with brown bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are less aggressive than bald-faced hornets and yellowjackets. You can get close to a carpenter bee’s nest without being attacked. Their nests are unique as well. Instead of building large, elaborate nests, they bore holes in wood surfaces. Their nests are small 3/8” holes that have been placed in wood decks and siding. Once the wood is discarded, the bee uses the hole to raise its young.

Carpenter bees are large bees with a fuzzy thorax. It is black and yellow. Its abdomen is shiny and hairless. Male carpenter bees have a distinct yellow spot on their faces.

Dangers Linked To Stinging Insects

The stinging insects in your city can be dangerous, but they’re usually not. Take steps to protect yourself so you can avoid being bitten. Usually, stinging insects won’t bother people unless they need to defend the nest. Plus, some species are more aggressive than others. Be sure to stay away from yellowjacket and bald-faced hornet nests. Regardless of the species, male stinging insects cannot sting. They are aggressive and will do what it takes to defend the nest though. Yellowjackets build underground nests and can sting several times. Be careful when approaching yellowjackets because their nest could be under your feet.

What Causes Infestations?

Although they can invade your property for other reasons, they primarily come to build nests.

Eliminating Stinging Insect Infestations

You may try fixing this problem using DIY sprays. Ultimately, do-it-yourself sprays can indeed kill stinging insects. However, you must remember that there are immense risks involved. First, you’re using toxic material that could hurt you. On top of that, the stinging insect could attack you. It is pertinent to defend yourself and prevent this from happening. Let our professionals deal with it so you can stay safe.

Our Stinging Insect Solutions Are Safe

We use the safest stinging insect solutions on the market. Our technicians are trained and instructed to use EPA-registered products. These materials work great, yet they won’t expose you to serious dangers. They’re minimally toxic and safe around people, pets, and plants. Put your mind at ease by allowing our professionals to remove the stinging insects from your property. You’ll be glad you did.

The Costs

We know many locals are worried about the costs. Don’t be. We customize our service to match the client’s needs. Therefore, the price depends on numerous factors such as the size of your property, the size of the stinging insect nest, and the species. You’ll receive a bid price before our procedure begins.

When Can You Begin?

Call us as soon as you find a stinging insect nest on your property. We’ll make sure that we call you back within 24 to 48 hours. Then, it is only a matter of time before the pests are gone.

Preventing Problems With Stinging Insects

It isn’t easy to stop these determined pests from invading your property. Instead, you should sign up for our home service program. It includes three annual visits and treatments when necessary. Call today to learn more about this program.

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