Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

There are a variety of stinging insects found here in Delaware and throughout the surrounding states of PA, MD, and NJ including wasps, yellow jackets, mud daubers, and carpenter bees. These insects all belong to the order of Hymenoptera and are known for the benefits they have on the environment and their painful stings. Depending on their exact species, some stinging insects such as yellow jackets will nest underground while others such as mud daubers and wasps will construct their nests higher up in trees or even on the exterior of homes and other buildings. However, carpenter bees are an exception and actually create their nests by burrowing into wood.

two yellow jacket hornets on their nest outside a delaware home

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects, especially those that can sting multiple times in a row like yellow jackets, wasps, and mud daubers, can definitely be dangerous, so it's important to be cautious when dealing with these pests on your property. When disturbed or threatened, these stinging insects can become aggressive and attack in large numbers, resulting in many painful stings. In addition, individuals who are allergic to the venom that these pests inject are particularly at risk and may suffer potentially fatal anaphylactic shock if stung.

Why do I have stinging insect problems?

Stinging insects are generally drawn onto properties by food sources, whether that be sugary drinks, forgotten food scraps from a backyard barbecue, or even the flowers growing in your garden or yard. Additionally, certain stinging insects such as carpenter bees are drawn to properties for their softwood which they can bore into in order to create their nests. Once on your property, these pests may take advantage of the food sources your yard provides and decide to nest on your property.

Where are stinging insects commonly found? 

Like we said before, where stinging insects nest depends on their exact species. Some build their nests in eaves, under porches, on decks, inside garages and sheds, and in attics. Others build nests primarily underground. As previously mentioned, carpenter bees build their nests throughout the soft wood of walls, ceilings, or other structural wood.

How do I get rid of stinging insects? 

If you are looking for a way to get stingers off your property, you will find no faster and more effective solution than those we use here at Green Pest Management. Our technicians are trained to remove and exclude a variety of dangerous stinging pests from your property. So if you are tired of tiptoeing around your yard, worried about being stung, you will find peace here at Green Pest Management. All you have to do is give us a call!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Because of the dangers associated with dealing with stinging insects, it is never advised to try to eliminate them on your own. Store-bought insecticides can sometimes be harmful to the people who use them if not used properly. Don’t take the risk when it comes to these pests. Instead, contact the professionals here at Green Pest Management!

For more information about our stinging insect control options, reach out to us at Green Pest Management today!

 

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