Stinging Insect Identification Guide

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are eco-important pests because they help to pollinate plants, and predatory species help to control populations of nuisance insects. However, when stinging insects decide to place their nest in our yards or homes, they become a potential danger. Their nests should be removed by a professional to protect you and your family's health and safety.

a wasp on a branch

Examples of stinging insects that live in our area include:

  • Paper wasps
  • Wasps
  • Yellow jackets
  • Mud daubers
  • Hornets

Are stinging insects dangerous?

The venom that stinging insects inject with each sting is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions. Depending on the person or the number of times they are stung, the allergic reaction can be range from mild to life-threatening. Not all species of stinging insects are super aggressive, but any stinging insect will defend itself by stinging if they feel threatened.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects have become a problem on your property because they have discovered it will provide them with the resources they need to thrive. Your pool, pond, or clogged gutters provide stinging insects with water. Your gardens, flowering landscape, and trees provide food and shelter.

While mainly outdoor pests, stinging insects, do sometimes move inside our homes, garages, or sheds to nest. They get indoors through open windows or doors, chimneys, holes along the roofline, or spaces in exterior walls.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects build their nests in places that provide them with plenty of seclusion and shelter. Those species that like to nest above the ground like wasps and hornets build their nests in tree hollows, on tree limbs, within rock crevices, and on utility poles. On our homes, aerial nesters place nests in doorways, under roof eaves, under decks, behind window shutters, and on chimneys.

Yellow jackets and other ground nesters build nests in ground holes, the abandoned nests of small animals, under shrubbery, or in woodpiles. They may also place their nests at the edges of foundations or in spaces in rock or masonry walls.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Alder Pest Control will help you to get rid of stinging insects from your Arkansas property. We will work closely with you not only to meet your pest control needs but to exceed them. We provide the comprehensive services necessary to eradicate pests and prevent them from returning.

If you are ready to get rid of pests from your home or business, our professionals are happy to help! We will work with you to put the services in place needed to maintain a pest-free property. For more information about our stinging insect control services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

The easiest way to protect your property from stinging insects is to partner with Alder Pest Control. You can also use the following prevention tips to help keep stinging insects from invading your property in the first place:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take care around stinging insect nests, especially those in the ground.
  • When working outside in garden areas, avoid wearing heavily scented lotions and perfumes.
  • When eating outside, keep food and drinks covered and, when finished, remove leftover food and beverages.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Avoid planting large amounts of flowering vegetation right next to your house.
  • Cut back shrubbery, bushes, and tree branches from your home's exterior walls.
  • Store firewood away from your home.
  • Remove things like fallen trees, trees stumps, and other debris where stinging insects can nest.
 

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