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What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are beneficial and help with plant and crop pollination, and predatory species help reduce insect populations. These pests a stinger that extends from their hind end. When talking about stinging insects, the following species are the most common and therefore are what comes to most people's minds:

  • Bees

  • Hornets

  • Wasps

  • Yellow jackets

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Stinging insects appear very similar at first glance, but they each have different breeding, nesting, and feeding habits. Partnering with a professional to accurately identify these pests is important so the correct steps can be taken to safely remove their nest and take back your property from these unwelcome intruders.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Despite their many benefits, when stinging insects build a nest in a high traffic area of your yard or on your home, they become dangerous, unwanted pests. Being stung by a stinging insect is painful, and for those allergic to their venom, it can be a potentially life-threatening experience. Having stinging insects either nesting or foraging for food in your yard is stressful and can make you afraid to spend time in your own backyard.

When it comes to stinging insects, the best course of action is to contact a professional as soon as you notice them on your property. The sooner you eliminate these pests, the less of a chance they will have to sting you, your kids, or your pets.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

The truth is that stinging insects can become an issue on any property. These insects don’t care where they live, just that it is providing them with their basic needs and a suitable nesting spot. Stinging insects prefer to build their nests in sheltered locations that keep their nests hidden. 

Properties with easy access to food and water are also popular with stinging insects. Gardens, flowering trees, outdoor eating areas, open trash cans, puddles, and clogged gutters all attract various stinging insects.

Where will I find stinging insects?

There are many areas in your yard and homes that stinging insects may choose as a nesting site. Some of their favorite nesting sites in or on our homes or other structures include:

  • Behind siding or shutters

  • In or on chimneys

  • Behind wall voids

  • Under decks or porches

  • Under roof eaves

  • In doorways or windows

In our yards, stinging insects will build their nests in tree hollows, on tree branches, shrubs, on play structures, in ground holes, or under things like woodpiles, fallen trees, or tree stumps.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Don’t let stinging insects make it difficult for you to enjoy your outdoor space or put you and your family in danger for any longer than necessary! Reach out to the professionals at Chase Pest Control for help. Since 1997 our family owned and operated business has been dedicated to protecting people and their properties from unwanted pests. We know how unsettling it is to have stinging insects swarming around your home and yard. To eliminate these dangerous pests, we offer fast action and modern and effective services.

If you live in Montgomery County and would like to learn more about ridding stinging insects from your property, reach out to Chase Pest Control today and speak with one of our professionals about our stinging insect control services in Conroe, Tx!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

When it comes to preventing problems with stinging insects, it is always best to partner with a professional. In addition to implementing professional pest control services from Chase Pest Control, the following tips will help you avoid problems with stinging insects.

 

  • Many stinging insects like yellow jackets are attracted to trash cans, recycling bins, and compost containers and use them as a place to forage for food. To keep them out, make sure you have tight-fitting lids on these containers.

  • Keep stinging insects out of your house by repairing cracks in its exterior, keeping screens in open windows and doors, and placing caps on chimneys.

  • When consuming sugary liquids and food outside, keep the items covered as much as possible. After eating, take all leftover food back inside. 

  • Maintain your lawn, trees, and landscaping. Overgrown vegetation can hide stinging insect nests.

  • Cut tree branches back from your home’s exterior. 

  • Remove areas of standing water from your property that these insects could use as a water source.

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