wasp on a leaf

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are pests known for their dangerous stings, pollination activities, and aggressive behavior. These bugs are known for building nests, colonies, and underground homes in order to live. They are also eusocial, working together to raise larvae for the good of the nest.

a wasp on a leaf

The most common types of stinging insects in our area of the United States include carpenter bees, yellow jackets, and bald-faced hornets. Carpenter bees have large, round bodies covered in small hairs. Yellow jackets are more angular pests and usually have wings slightly larger than their bodies. Finally, bald-faced hornets are large stinging insects with dark brown or black exoskeletons.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Yellow jackets and hornets can be extremely aggressive, especially when they believe there is a threat to their nest. They will sting multiple times in a row. The venom found in these insect stings can be dangerous or even fatal for some victims. Those susceptible to allergies may experience difficulty breathing, swelling, and even anaphylactic shock. Hospitalization is necessary in order to treat these reactions effectively. 

In contrast to wasps and hornets, carpenter bees rarely sting people and have a reputation for being 'gentle giants.' However, they can cause property damage in weakened structural supports through their wood-boring behaviors. 

The presence of stinging insects should always be considered a threat when they decide to nest on properties in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia areas.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects do not choose to infest a home due to its interior status. Instead, these insects will select a property that specifically offers: 

  • A continuous or renewable food source (think garbage bags, fruit trees, or flowering plants).

  • Plenty of stagnant water to cool down the hive.

  • Shelter from extreme temperatures, rain, and wind. 

If your home or business has any of the attractant factors listed above, you may have garnered a stinging insect infestation simply by living in a more naturalized space.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects nest in various places around a property, depending on the species. Carpenter bees tunnel holes into wood, support beams, and spaces around the eaves and roof. You may find them buzzing around various species of flowers, looking for pollen to collect. 

Yellow jackets build their octagon-shaped nests along the bottom of porches, roofs, and decks. These wasps also nest in the ground, preferably in a hole already abandoned by an animal. 

Hornet nests are large and almost conical in shape and appear to be made of a paper-like substance. You may find these meshed into the sides of homes, the undersides of tree branches, or the interiors of large bushes.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Once stinging insects have established themselves around your house or property, DIY removal is no longer an option. Even if a nest or colony appears to be inactive at first glance, you should never try and remove one by yourself.

Instead, trust the proven professionals at Destroy Pest Control for stinging insect management you can count on. Call today for a free estimate around your home or business.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Stinging insect prevention is the best way to ensure your property’s safety during the growing season. To keep them out all year long, follow these helpful prevention steps:

  • Limit the number of flowering plants around the yard. 

  • Remove rotten fruit from the bottoms of orchard trees as often as possible. 

  • Seal up all trash items inside a plastic bag, stored inside a strong bin.

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