Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Despite being beneficial, stinging insects are dangerous because of the stingers they use to inject venom into their prey, or defend themselves and their colonies. Examples of stinging insects include wasps, hornets, and bees. Out in nature, they are helpful by pollinating crops and plants and also by controlling populations of nuisance pests that they eat. When they nest on, in, or close to our homes, however, they become unwanted pests.

a bee eating the nectar of a flower outside of a home

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects have venom that is strong enough to trigger severe allergic reactions in some people, sometimes even causing anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction. You should always take care around  stinging insects, and you should never provoke them purposely. Wasps and hornets have smooth stingers, which allow them to sting their victims repeatedly, injecting more venom with each sting. Honey bees are an example of a stinging insect that has a barbed stinger; they can only sting once, dying shortly after.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are attracted to properties with lots of areas for them to forage for food and water, and with sheltered areas to build their nests. Properties with or located near wooded areas, flowering vegetation, shrubbery, dense vegetation, and ponds or lakes make great habitats for stinging insects. Unfortunately, most residential yards make suitable places for stinging insects to call home. They will forage for food around open trash containers, gardens, flowering plants, and outdoor eating areas.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects build their nests in a variety of aerial and ground locations. On our homes, they usually place their nests under decks, in roof eaves, and porch ceilings, and the corners of doorframes. Outside, away from dwellings, stinging insects place their nests in sheltered areas like hollow trees, between rocks, in woodpiles, in shrubs, and in ground holes. Stinging insects don’t often nest inside but sometimes place their nests in barns, garages, and inside of a chimney or behind wall voids.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Eliminating stinging insects is a difficult task and a job that is best left up to trained and experienced professionals. For home and business owners looking to eliminate stinging insects, Hawx Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control services. Our industry-leading services use the latest techniques and best products to provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free properties. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, please reach out to Hawx Pest Control today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help you to keep stinging insects out of your home:

  • Seal up holes found along your roofline and keep caps on chimneys.

  • Caulk any holes in the exterior walls of your house.

  • Place tight-fitting lids on all garbage cans.

  • Fill in any ground holes.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your yard.

  • Don’t overplant flowering vegetation on your property, especially near your home.


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