Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

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What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are a group of insects known for their aggressive, territorial behavior, ability to sting perceived threats, and (for some) social colonies. Stinging insects belong to the scientific order Hymenoptera, and they range in appearance depending on the species. Some of the stinging insects you will encounter have distinct yellow and black markings, and some are solid red, black, brown, or even grey and blue.

The types of stinging insect species that cause the most problems around human structures are bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, European hornets, mud dauber wasps, cicada killers, ground bees, carpenter bees, and paper wasps.

Our Collegeville pest control team at Terra Pest Management Specialists provides helpful stinging insect identification.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are dangerous to encounter or host in large numbers around your property due to their aggressive nature and tendency to sting any perceived threat. Stumbling across a nest or lone stinging insect buzzing around your property can leave you with a painful sting (or multiple painful stings) and the risk of an allergic reaction. Occasionally, stinging insects will swarm a threat and sting multiple times, increasing your risk of serious health issues.

If you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing or swallowing after an insect sting, seek medical attention immediately.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insect problems result from their attraction to food, shelter, or moisture around your property. Taking steps to understand what is attracting these pests and reducing access to these factors reduces your chances of a serious stinging insect infestation.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects build nests in various places like holes in the ground, high up in trees, underneath patios and decks, in eaves under your gutters, or along the foundation of your property. You might also find stinging insect nests in attics or wall voids if they invade interior areas.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of stinging insects on your property by reaching out to Terra Pest Management Specialists the moment you suspect an infestation is moving in. Our residential pest specialists will remove stinging insects safely and reliably, protecting you from the stress of stinging insect control and the dangers their stings can bring. Request your free estimate today to get started.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Stop stinging insect problems from occurring in the future by putting the following prevention steps in place.

  • Always clean up food and drink spills, especially outdoor food and drink or sweet-smelling items, as these easily attract hungry stinging insects.
  • Seal trash bags tightly and ensure outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent stinging insects from scavenging in these areas.
  • Clear outdoor areas with long grass and overgrown foliage, fill in holes, and remove tree stumps or debris piles where stinging insects might hide.
  • Address moisture issues around your property to stop pools of excess water from drawing stinging insects to your property.
  • Utilize stinging insect-repellent plants such as basil, marigold, and wormwood outdoors to deter these pests from settling in on your property.

Contact Terra Pest Management Specialists right away if you suspect stinging insects are on your property to benefit from effective, safe, and reliable stinging insect control.

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