What are stinging insects?
A necessary part of the ecosystem, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and mud daubers are wanted out in nature but unwanted in our yards and homes. When it comes to stinging insects, there is always a delicate balance between protecting these eco-important insects and protecting our family from their potential dangers.
Yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and mud daubers are all predatory species, which means they hunt and feed on live prey. Their feeding habits help to keep populations of nuisance insects in check. These pests are also scavengers and have learned that our yards provide them with many places to forage for food because they feed on many of the same foods we do.
Are stinging insects dangerous?
Stinging insects have a stinger extending from the abdomen that they use both to paralyze their prey and as a way to defend themselves. When stinging insects are nesting in your yard, it puts you in close proximity to these pests on a daily basis. The more contact you have with them, the more likely a sting will occur.
Though not all stinging insects are aggressive, many are and won’t hesitate to deliver a painful sting as a warning to get away from the individual or the nest. The venom that stinging insects inject is potent enough to trigger a response in those allergic. An allergic reaction can range from mild to life-threatening.
Why do I have a stinging insect problem?
There are many things and activities that attract stinging insects to your property. Many stinging insects feed on meats and sweets, and things like our trash cans, compost, and grills provide them with a spot to forage for food. Outdoor eating areas are also hot spots for stinging insect activity.
Stinging insects are attracted to the food on our plates and the sugary liquids in our cups. Properties with sheltered spots to build a nest, easy access to food, and near water sources are most attractive to stinging insects.
Where will I find stinging insects?
Stinging insects build their nests in the ground, on the ground, or above the ground. Being aware of where these pests like to build their nests is helpful so you can be vigilant and discover any nesting sites before accidentally coming across one.
Common nesting sites include the following areas:
- Under deck rails, porch rails, and roof eaves
- In the corners of doorway or windows
- On tree branches and in tree hollows
- On outdoor furniture and play structures
- Under shrubs and bushes
- In the yards in naturally occurring ground holes
- On utility poles and chimneys
How do I get rid of stinging insects?
Getting rid of stinging insects with a nest in a high traffic area of your yard is important to your health and safety and that of your family. These outdoor pests are difficult to avoid, so the best way to eliminate current problems and prevent future issues is to partner with a professional.
At Ennis Exterminating, we are a locally owned and operated company, allowing our professionals to have a deep understanding of the specific pest problems that our Georgia customers experience. For information about our one-time treatments or our recurring, year-round home pest control and commercial pest control services that we offer residents in Fayetteville and surrounding areas, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?
Stinging insects will think twice about using your yard and home as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, brush, and other debris from your yard where stinging insects can nest.
- Cut tree branches and shrubbery back away from your home’s exterior.
- Eliminate areas of standing water and containers that collect water from your yard to get rid of sources of water.
- Reduce the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted on your property, especially close to your home’s exterior.
- Keep trash cans and recycling bins covered to take away a favorite foraging spot for yellow jackets and other stinging insects.
- Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris. Clean up leftovers quickly and keep lids on drink containers.
- Make sure windows and doors have secure screens in them to keep stinging insects from getting into your home.
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