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Stinging Insects

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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects have stingers at the end of their abdomen they use to paralyze their prey and as a way to defend themselves from predators. Stinging insects like yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps are pests that are extremely important for the environment, as they help with both pollination and controlling populations of nuisance and dangerous insects.

However helpful these pests may be outside in nature, we don’t like to see them in our yards in large numbers because of their ability to deliver painful stings. Having lots of stinging insect activity on your property is stressful and makes it, so you are constantly on high alert and unable to relax in your yard.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Having a stinging insect buzzing around their heads will stop anyone in their tracks. We know what will happen if we agitate these pests too much or they feel we are a threat to their nest; they will retaliate by delivering painful stings.

Unfortunately, when it comes to stinging insects, it is not only their painful stings we need to be wary of, but the venom they inject with those stings. Stinging insect venom is powerful enough to trigger reactions in those allergic. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life-threatening.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

While stinging insects can decide to build a nest in your yard any time during the spring or summer, they are most likely to establish nests in the spring when they come out of winter hiding. Then throughout the entire spring and summer season, they build their numbers, flying around our yards, parks, fields, and wooded areas searching for food to bring back to the nest to feed the adults and developing young. Stinging insects are regularly found in our yards because they naturally provide them with many places to forage, like gardens, flowerbeds, flowering trees, compost piles, trash cans, and outdoor eating areas.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects like to build nests in secluded places that provide them with ample shelter from the elements and protection from predators. They are most likely to make a nest outside but sometimes exploit spaces in our houses to use as a nesting site. In our homes, wall voids, chimneys, and crawl spaces often provide nesting spots for stinging insects.

Outside, stinging insects build their nests in various places, either at ground level or aerially, depending on their exact species.

  • Tree branches
  • Shrubs and bushes
  • Under decks and porches
  • Ground holes
  • Play structures
  • Under grills or pieces of outdoor furniture

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Take back your yard from dangerous stinging insects with the help of the professionals at Next Generation Pest Control. We do pest control the right way and ensure that we remove stinging insect nests from your property in the safest manner possible. Our professionals are highly trained and experienced. They will perform the services necessary to eliminate your stinging insect problems, leaving you with an outdoor space you and your family can safely enjoy! To learn more about our stinging insect control solutions, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful professionals!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

We have put together a list of tips that you can utilize to prevent future problems with stinging insects.

  • Prevent stinging insects from foraging for food in trash cans, recycling bins, and compost containers by keeping lids on them.
  • Keep stinging insects away from outdoor eating areas by keeping lids on drink containers and food dishes. Immediately clean up leftover food and remove trash after eating. 
  • Remove water sources by keeping gutters clear of debris, filling in low-lying areas that allow rainwater to puddle, and not overwatering gardens.
  • Reduce nesting locations by removing fallen trees, keeping trees and shrubbery pruned, and removing brush piles and other debris from your yard.
  • Keep a screen over your chimney and vents to help stop stinging insects from moving into your home to build a nest.

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