What Are Stinging Insects?
Stinging insects are winged insects with a stinger that extends from their abdomen. Stinging insects are either social or solitary. Solitary stinging insects like cicada killers, mud daubers, and carpenter bees have females that create individual nests to lay their eggs in. Social stinging insects like yellow jackets, wasps, and bald-face hornets, nest together in large colonies with thousands of members.
Wasps, bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, cicada killers, carpenter bees, and mud daubers are examples of stinging insects that live throughout Northwest Arkansas and often become a problem on our properties. Unfortunately, stinging insects and people are most active at the same time, during spring and summer, putting us near each other regularly.
Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?
The biggest risk with any stinging insect species nesting on your property is the threat of you, your kids, or pets being stung. Not only is being stung by one of these insects painful, but the venom they inject is strong enough to trigger serious allergic reactions. Those severely allergic to their venom can potentially have a life-threatening reaction after being stung.
Stinging insects living on your property can make your yard less usable and enjoyable. It is hard to feel at home in your yard when you have to avoid contact with stinging insects.
Why Do I Have a Stinging Insect Problem?
Stinging insects like to build nests in our yards because they often offer them plenty of sheltered areas to protect their nests from harsh weather and predators. Gardens, trash cans, flower beds, and outdoor eating areas provide stinging insects with plenty of foraging opportunities. Birdbaths, clogged gutters, buckets, and puddles offer them sources of water.
Any home or yard could become a nesting site for stinging insects, but properties located near wooded areas, fields, and parks are most likely to have problems with stinging insects.
Where Will I Find Stinging Insects?
Common nesting sites for stinging insects include under roof eaves, on ceiling beams, and under porches and decks. They will also take advantage of entry points leading into our homes and build nests behind wall voids, in chimneys, and in attic spaces.
Tree branches, tree hollows, shrubbery, and dense vegetation are typical outdoor nesting sites. Yellow jackets build their nests in naturally occurring ground holes under woodpiles or brush piles or in the abandoned nests of small animals. Carpenter bees prefer to nest in older or untreated wood like fences, play structures, wood shingles, or decks.
The safest way to get rid of stinging insects is to partner with an experienced professional. At Rumble Pest Solutions of Arkansas, our professionals know how to find and safely remove stinging insect nests from indoor and outdoor spaces. We can then prevent future problems with stinging insects and other pests through our quarterly pest control services.
Our mission is to protect your family, your home, and the environment! We want to give you peace of mind in knowing your most important assets are being protected! To learn more about protecting your property from stinging insects, reach out to us today!
How Can I Prevent Stinging Insects In The Future?
The following tips will help you prevent stinging insects from taking over your yard and home:
- Remove standing water from your yard.
- Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans to keep foraging insects like yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps out of them.
- Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted near the exterior of your home.
- Don’t place pots of flowering plants near doors entering or exiting your home.
- Cut shrubs and tree limbs back from your roof and exterior walls.
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