What are stinging insects?
Insects like bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and mud daubers all have a stinger located at the end of their abdomen they use to defend themselves, their nests, or to paralyze prey. While these pests pollinate plants and control nuisance insect populations, because of the painful stings they deliver, they make people fearful of spending time in their yard.
Are stinging insects dangerous?
Stinging insects can pose a medical risk to those allergic to their venom. Not only is there a risk of an allergic reaction occurring after being stung by one of these pests, but their stings are quite painful. Many stinging insects like yellow jackets and wasps have smooth stingers and can sting multiple times. They work together as a group, and will attack any threat to their nest. The swelling and pain resulting from a sting can last for hours or days.
Why do I have a stinging insect problem?
Stinging insects buzz around our yards in large numbers during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. When the weather is warmest, and food is most plentiful, these outdoor pests are very active.
Any yard that offers stinging insects access to water and food like plant nectar, proteins, and sweets, may become a foraging site for stinging insects. Stinging insects can become a problem on any property, but those located near fields, meadows, wooded areas, and bodies of water are most susceptible to infestations.
Where will I find stinging insects?
Yellow jackets and other predatory insects feed on many of the same foods we eat; therefore, trash cans, recycling bins, compost piles, and outdoor eating areas are places where you may find stinging insects gathering. They also buzz around flowering bushes, trees, and other flowering landscaping.
Nesting sites will vary by species, but the following list is where they usually create nests.
- On your home behind shutters or siding
- Inside wall voids, attics, or chimneys
- On utility poles or trees
- In shrubbery
- In the soil next to sidewalks, walkways, or foundations
- In doorways, under roof eaves, or decks.
- On play structures or outdoor furniture
How do I get rid of stinging insects?
Remove potentially dangerous stinging insects from your property by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. Trust our family owned and operated company to protect your family from stinging insects and removing their nests in the safest manner possible. We offer flexible alternatives based on your needs and customize our services to meet your expectations and rid your property of pest problems.
How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you stop stinging insects from taking over your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help you to guard your home against stinging insects.
- If possible, avoid planting too many flowering bushes, trees, plants near your home’s exterior.
- Remove things like rocks, fallen trees, woodpiles, or brush piles from your yard.
- Seal openings that develop in your foundation, exterior walls, doors and windows, and the roofline.
- Fill in any ground holes in your lawn or garden areas.
- Yellow jackets and other stinging insects forage for food in recycling bins and trash cans, so keeping lids on them at all times is essential.
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