Stinging pests include, but are not limited to, bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and scorpions. While the majority of these stinging insects serve valuable purposes in the wild, they can become dangerous when they set up hives too close to your home. Not only do these insects cause painful stings, they can also elicit extreme allergic reactions in those with an allergy to their venom. Some of these allergies are so severe that people can die from a single sting if no medical treatment is provided. Because of this danger, insect stings kill more people every year in the U.S. than poisonous snake bites.
In order to properly control stinging bugs, technicians must remove the nest altogether. Our professionals are sure to wear protective clothing to stay safe from harmful stings as they complete the service. Another consideration to make when controlling stinging insects is whether or not the hive you find belongs to honey bees. These sweet bees are incredibly valuable for their pollination work, and should be protected when possible.
Types of Stinging Insects
Hornets - Hornets are social wasps that build colonies in paper nests once per year. Their aerial nests are usually found in shrubs and trees. These insects should only be controlled by a professional to avoid unnecessary stinging.
Wasps - Wasp nests are easily identifiable. They resemble round, upside-down paper combs that are attached to walls and other horizontal surfaces. You can usually see wasps flying in and out of the nest if you watch long enough. These predators feed on caterpillars, spiders and insects. Their nests can often be found under awnings, porches and decks on your home.
Yellow Jackets - Yellow jackets are small, black and yellow wasps that build large colonies near homes. They are aggressive attackers and can sting multiple times without dying, unlike honeybees. Yellow jacket nests are located in the ground and shouldn't be disturbed by anyone but a professional.
Scorpions - Scorpions are also predators that prey on insects. They like to hide in dark cracks and can crawl into shoes, clothing or a bed, and inflict painful stings when encountered. The only dangerous scorpion in the U.S. can be found in southwest Arizona and southern California.