Stinging insects such as bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets send a half million people to the emergency room each year. These flying insects are a nuisance, have a painful sting and are most active during the late summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food to sustain the Queen during the winter months. If you find stinging insects invading your property, contact Rest Easy Pest Control and schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced staff. Our qualified technicians will inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend the appropriate pest control treatment. We know pests better than you will ever want to so YOU can rest easy today!
There are four basic types of flying stinging insects:
1. Bees – Honey bees produce honey from the pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. They store the honey in honeycombs in their nests. They often build their nests in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys. Honeybees only sting once. The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not immediately removed from the sting. If you are allergic to insect stings you will have a more severe reaction. Honey bee colonies can be extremely large, only a pest control professional or experienced beekeeper should safely remove a honeybee nest.
2. Hornets – European hornets were introduced from Europe into the New York area in the 1800’s. They are social insects and live in colonies. Hornets’ nest in hollow trees, attics and inside the walls of houses. They have smooth stingers so they can sting repeatedly. Hornet stings carry venom that makes the sting inch, burn and swell. A hornet sting has the same risk of allergic reaction if you are already susceptible to insect stings. If you find a nest on your property contact a licensed pest management professional. To avoid stings do not try to remove a nest on your own.
3. Yellow jackets can be found anywhere humans are found. They are the most active in the late summer. They build nests which are usually found in the ground or in attics or large inside areas such as eaves. Yellow jacket stings can pose serious threats to you and your family, as they sting repeatedly when threatened. Call a licensed professional if you see any signs of Yellow jacket activity. Yellow jackets can be aggressive and if stung can cause serious allergic reactions. Yellow Jacket removal requires specialty equipment and safety precautions your pest control technician is specially trained to handle.
4. Wasps – Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like material which they make their nests from. Paper wasps live in small colonies. They feed on nectar and small insects. Wasps favor cathedral ceilings, porch ceilings, tops of windows and door frames. While not as aggressive as yellow jackets, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or the nest is threatened. Wasp stings can be painful and can cause allergic reactions. Contact your pest control professional to find out about wasp treatment and removal protocols. Do not attempt to remove the nest yourself.
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Stinging insects can inflict painful and even fatal stings. Contact Rest Easy Pest Control today and ask about our comprehensive pest control plans. We do the work so you don’t have to!