Stinging Insects

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Have you recently become a victim of a stinging insect species? There are around 30,000 species of stinging insect, all of which have stingers. There is a mixture of venomous and non-venomous stinging insect species.  It is obvious which class is more dangerous. In any case, it is crucial to know the characteristics of both venomous and non-venomous species of stinging insect. This information will prove valuable if you are stung by an insect that fits into this classification of insect.

The Hymenoptera insect order includes a variety of some of the most dangerous stinging insect species. The hornet, yellowjacket, and wasp are just a few examples. Bees are also included in the Hymenoptera order.

When many people think of stinging insects, danger instantly comes to mind. While this could not be closer to the truth, many species of stinging insects are beneficial to farmers. These pollinators spread pollen from male plants to female plants.

How To Differentiate Between Stinging Insects?

Paper Wasp – As a moderately aggressive stinging insect species, the paper wasp spends its time building its nest. The insect collects wood, combined with natural saliva to build a paper-like nest. The stinging insect is rarely aggressive when left alone. However, it is known to attack humans and animals when they unknowingly get near their nests.

The paper wasp nest is light gray in color, with a texture similar to thin paper. The interior is in the shape of a honeycomb, where the insect deposits its eggs. The stinging insect hangs its nest from fence posts, eaves, and overhangs.

The paper wasp features two orange antennas, black and yellow striped lower body and thorax, and yellowish/orange elbow-shaped legs.

Yellowjacket – This is one of the most dangerous stinging insect species. Experts describe the yellowjacket as highly aggressive, compared to most other species of stinging insect. The aggression level is at its highest in the fall and summer seasons or when the nest has reached the maximum size.

The yellowjacket utilizes wood to create its paper-like nest. The stinging insect builds its nests underneath decks, in attics, and dense shrubs. However, some yellowjackets build their nests underground, making them impossible to spot until it is too late.

The lower body, thorax, and head are black and yellow. The legs are yellowish/orange or yellow while the antennas are solid black. This is also one of the fastest stinging insect species. Its quick speed has been contributed to how the legs are tucked tight against the body during flight.

Bald-Faced Hornet – Another highly aggressive stinging insect species is the bald-faced hornet. Like the yellowjacket, the aggression level is at its highest in the autumn and summer seasons.

The bald-faced hornet collects wood to build its nest in the shape of a teardrop. The unique shape is the best way to differentiate between the bald-faced hornet and yellowjacket nests. The nest can be found lying in tall grass, dense bushes, trees, and along the side of buildings.

The lower body, thorax, and head are white and black. The head is slightly larger than most other hornets. The stinger protrudes from the abdomen.

Honeybee – One of the least aggressive stinging insects is the honeybee, which is highly known for its gentleness. People all over the world raise honeybees for their delicious honey.

The honeybee does not build nests out of wood. Instead, the stinging insect species utilizes natural wax to create hives in the shape of a honeycomb. The honeybee hive can be found in hollow trees, crevices between rocks, and cavities of walls. The honeybees spend the majority of their time making fresh honey, making them a target for bears, skunks, ferrets, honey badgers, and otters.

In the right environment, a honeybee colony can survive for several years. Its body and head are covered with fine fur. The lower body is yellow with black stripes, with dark brown or black legs.

Carpenter Bee – A mildly aggressive stinging insect that builds its nest in holes in deck railing, mailbox posts, and fascia. The adult has a black shiny head and lower body, with a thorax covered in dense yellow fur.

The female carpenter has a stinger, making it more dangerous than its male counterpart. The insect bores holes in wooden structures, such as trees for breeding. The male dies soon after mating, leaving the female to care for her eggs and larvae alone. It is not unusual for multiple carpenter bee females to utilize the same nest.

Are Humans In Danger Of Stinging Insects?

Stinging insects are rarely dangerous unless they feel threatened. The male stinging insect does not always have a stinger, making them less dangerous than its female counterpart.

The species consists of both solitary and social insects. Solitary stinging insects travel and live alone while social stinging insects live and travel in colonies.

Why Are Stinging Insects Making Nests On My Property?

Stinging insects are drawn to rotting wood, bright lights, fruit, sap, compost piles, trash bins, and recycling dumpsters. Some stinging insect species return to the same nests breeding season after breeding season. The carpenter bee is just one example.

What Is The Most Effective Stinging Insect Pest Control Strategy?

Our professional pest control is suitable for all stinging insect problems and infestations.

Is Professional Pest Control Treatment Environmentally Unfriendly?

We offer a variety of stinging insect treatments, including natural, organic, and conventional. These treatments utilize natural and conventional pesticides to eradicate wasps, bees, and hornets.

What Factors Determine The Cost Of Pest Control Services?

Nest size and location, type of stinging insect, and treatment strategy impact the overall cost of pest management services.

How Long Will It Take For An Exterminator To Arrive At My Home?

We can process your service request within 24 and 48 hours in most cases.

How To Avoid Future Stinging Insect Problems?

Keeping your property free of decaying trees, firewood piles, and diseased trees is a great place to start. Routine visual inspections of your property will ensure early detection in the summer and fall.

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