Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

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What are stinging insects?

Flying insects that sting are a real threat when they invade our properties. All types of stinging insects, whether they fly or crawl, use their stinger to defend both themselves and their nests when they feel threatened, and they tend to be more aggressive than many other pests. There are many species of stinging insects around, the most common being bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants.

Though stinging insects are important pollinators and serve a great purpose to the ecosystem, they become a dangerous nuisance when invading human structures. Species of stinging insects in our area that you need to be wary of include carpenter bees, mud daubers, honey bees, paper wasps, yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and fire ants.

Our service professionals at ProForce Pest Control will help you with any stinging insect identification you need on your property.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are some of the more dangerous pests you might encounter around your property, as insect bites and stings often present health issues. All stinging insects possess venom in varying amounts, and stings may trigger allergic reactions, some as severe as anaphylaxis. Stings are also painful, leaving behind swelling and red welts, and if stinging insects swarm their victim, the risk of allergic reactions increases.

Stinging insect control is necessary to remove nests from your property and ensure you avoid being stung by these pests.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Like most other pests, stinging insects seek out properties that offer them access to food, water, and shelter. They may feed on insects, sweets, proteins, and plant nectar on your property, making things like compost piles, overflowing garbage cans, and vegetable or fruit gardens attractive to them.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects are the most active during late summer and fall and typically nest outdoors. You may find stinging insects in trees, shrubs, or bushes or nesting under the eaves of porches and decks. Some even build their nests alongside the siding on human structures, chimneys, and around roofs and attics.

If stinging insects fully invade interior spaces, they will likely nest in the open space between walls.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of the worst stinging insects around your property by contacting our service professionals at ProForce Pest Control the moment you notice an infestation on your property. Our team will work with you to safely remove stinging insect nests and ensure these pests don’t return, allowing you to reclaim the peace and safety of your property.

Contact us today to learn more about our stinging insect control solutions.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Prevent future stinging insect problems by following our easy tips for deterring these dangerous pests below:

  • Fill in any holes in the ground, clear outdoor areas of debris, and remove fallen trees or tree stumps to reduce stinging insect nesting areas.

  • Cut back overgrown foliage and prune trees to remove their harborage areas.

  • Address moisture issues and leaks around your property that might create pools of excess water.

  • Repair gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and the foundation to reduce potential entry points for stinging insects.

  • Seal trash bags tightly, dispose of trash promptly, and use trash cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent stinging insect scavenging.

  • Clean food and drink spills immediately, and refrain from leaving food and drink out, as the aroma will attract stinging insects.

Contact ProForce Pest Control today for more advice or stinging insect control assistance or to learn more about our Charlotte pest control services.

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