Stinging Insects Are Out In Force

July 12, 2018

July is back which means stinging insects are out in full force once again! If you live in the North Carolina area, the species of stinging insects you most likely come into contact with this summer are bumble bees, paper wasps, and yellow jackets, as these pests become especially problematic during the warmer months. Stinging insects are usually very social insects, meaning that if you see one, there are likely many more where it came from, as their nests can often hold hundreds or thousands of members! It is important to take precautionary measures against these pests to avoid a stinging insect infestation on your property this summer.

stinging insect nest

Bumble bees are the stinging insects that people are typically the most familiar with; they are oval-shaped and have black and yellow stripes and a fuzzy appearance. Female bumble bees have smooth stingers and are able to sting multiple times, while the males have no stingers at all. If you are stung by a bumble bee, it will be painful and will usually cause some swelling; some people may have an allergic reaction to their sting and will need medical attention right away. 

Bumble bee nests are primarily found near the ground or in old holes or burrows.

Paper wasps have long, thin legs dangling beneath them, cinched waists, and grey wings. They are brown or black in color and may have yellow or orange markings. Paper wasps are named after the intricate, umbrella-shaped papery nests they create. They usually build their nests in lofty places like the branches of trees, under the eaves of homes, inside the end of pipes, or in other openings. These wasps are not generally aggressive unless they or their nests are being disturbed; their stings can also cause allergic reactions in some people.

Yellow jackets have hairless, segmented bodies with thin waists and long wings. Their faces are yellow and black, and their bodies are yellow with defined black stripes. Yellow jackets are predators that eat other insects like flies, grubs, and caterpillars. They are the most aggressive of these stinging insects and may attack even when unprovoked; yellow jackets bite in order to get a grip on their victim and are able to sting them repeatedly with their smooth stingers. These stinging insects usually build their nests on the ground, but will occasionally build them upon houses or in trees.

Let’s be honest, no one wants to have to deal with a severe stinging insects infestation that will send everyone indoors during the summer. All stinging insects can be dangerous to people as their stings can result in varying degrees of reactions, ranging from mild to severe, not to mention that most people are afraid of them; these are all reasons why it is so important to rid your property of them so you can get outside and enjoy your yard this summer!

Here are a few last-minute prevention tips and active exclusion methods to help you avoid being stung:

  • Avoid planting flowers near your home or wearing perfume when you are outdoors
  • Keep your yard free of stumps and old trees and keep your lawn mowed
  • Fill in any holes in the ground and make sure your chimney cover is tight
  • Keep your trash covered with a tight-fitting lid
  • Clean up any food and drink spills immediately
  • Keep food indoors; when outdoors keep food covered

The most effective way to avoid stinging insects in and around your home and property, however, is by enlisting the help of the professionals at A-1 Pest Control. Call us today to learn more about our residential pest control options.

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