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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are insects that sting when threatened, such as wasps and bees. There are several types of stinging insects and subspecies of both wasps and bees, including honey bees, carpenter bees, paper wasps, mud daubers, yellow jackets, and hornets. For the most part, wasps and bees will have yellow and black stripes, though some wasps may be brown, red, black, or even blue. For further Houston stinging insect control and identification, contact The Bugstoppers.

All wasps and bees can sting, though some species are more aggressive than others. That said, you should avoid contact with wasps and bees as you never know when you will accidentally threaten them and receive a painful sting.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects aren't known to introduce any diseases or bacteria to humans, but they are still dangerous pests when they are on your property. The stings these pests deliver are painful and can trigger allergic reactions in both those with preexisting allergy issues and those without; if stinging insects swarm an individual, multiple painful stings can trigger anaphylaxis.

If you have any concerning symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, excessive pain, or trouble swallowing after receiving a sting from one of these insects, seek medical attention immediately.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

If you notice more and more stinging insects invading your property, items around your property are likely attracting these pests. Food and drink, especially sugary and protein-rich items left outside, can attract stinging insects, as can trash cans that don't have properly fitting lids. Additionally, overgrown foliage and tree branches provide easy nesting areas, and lots of bright, sweet-smelling flowers will attract all types of stinging insects.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Around outdoor areas, you can find stinging insects nesting high up in trees, hanging from branches, or under the eaves of decks, patios, and garages. Some stinging insects may even form their nests underground or against the siding of your property. Stinging insects are unlikely to invade interior areas, but if they do, they will stick to garages or basements where they can create their nest and remain undisturbed.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Professional stinging insect control for your home is the only way to get rid of these pests and remove their nests safely. The Bugstoppers will ensure the proper identification and removal of all stinging insect nests on your property so that you don't face the risk of unpleasant, dangerous stings. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your stinging insect problem.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To prevent stinging insects in the future, follow these easy tips:

  • Refrain from leaving out food and drink in outdoor areas and clean up all food and drink spills right away.
  • Invest in trash cans with tight-fitting lids to stop the odor from attracting stinging insects.
  • Cut back overhanging branches and overgrown foliage to reduce stinging insect harborage and nesting areas.
  • To deter these pests, utilize plants that stinging insects hate around outdoor areas, such as marigolds and basil, instead of bright, sweet-smelling flowers.

Reach out to us at The Bugstoppers for more information on stinging insect prevention and control.

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