Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are so called because of the stingers that they use to inject venom into their prey or to defend themselves and their colony. Mud daubers, wasps, and hornets are all predators and help to lower populations of nuisance insects. Bees are considered very eco-important because they help to pollinate a wide range of flowers and crops.

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Some of the most common stinging insects to invade properties in our area include bees, hornets, mud daubers, and wasps.

Bees have robust, oval-shaped bodies that are yellowish-brown and covered in a light layer of hair; some species also have brown banding. Most species of bees are social insects, living and working together in very large colonies – though a few species are considered solitary.

Hornets are big and have a yellow-and-brown color pattern. The only true hornet living in the United States is the European hornet. The bald-faced hornet is also in the United States but is not a true hornet. Bald-faced hornets are black with white faces.

Mud daubers
Mud daubers are large and solitary by nature. They are black with a metallic blue sheen, and some have yellow or green markings. Mud daubers have a thread-like segment between their thoraxes and abdomens. They are often identified by the unique nests they create out of the mud.

Wasps have pinched waists and long, thin legs that dangle below their bodies when flying. Their bodies are black or brown with yellow or orange markings. The paper wasp is a common species and is usually identified by the upside-down, umbrella-shaped nest it creates.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are dangerous pests due to their painful stings that leave behind red, swollen welts, and venom that is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions and life-threatening anaphylaxis in some cases. When stinging insects build their nests away from people, they pose little or no danger. It's only when they build their nests on or around your property that they become a concern. If you discover stinging insects on your property, a professional should be contacted to safely remove the nest.

Why do I have a stinging insects problem?

Stinging insects have most likely become a problem around your home or business because they have discovered a suitable nesting spot that is close to food and water sources. Things like flowering gardens, vegetation, trees, leaking hoses, and clogged gutters will attract them. Stinging insects are outdoor pests and are most active during the summer and fall months when their colonies are at their largest and workers are out foraging for food.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Where a stinging insect builds its nest depends on the species. Bee nest in hollow trees, rock crevices, in woodpiles, and in the ground. Hornets nest in hollow trees, woodpiles, behind wall voids, and in attics. Mud daubers nest under decks, eaves, porch ceilings, and sometimes in wall voids or attics. Paper wasp nests hang from tree branches, shrubs, underneath porch ceilings, deck railings, roof eaves, and in the corner of door frames.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

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How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following tips will help to keep stinging insects off your property:

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts to prevent water from pooling in them.

  • Repair any holes along the roof line and repair any roof damage.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Fix leaky hoses and fixtures.

  • Fix torn door and window screens.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your house.

  • Outdoor trash cans and compost bins should have tight-fitting lids.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation that you plant near your exterior walls.


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