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Stinging Insect Identification

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are insects with stingers extending off the ends of their abdomens. These insects are commonly associated with the summertime, as that is the time of year when their numbers are highest, and they are most active. Yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, carpenter bees, cicada killer wasps, and Asian giant hornets (murder hornets) are species of stinging insects that live throughout our area of Georgia. Care should always be taken around stinging insects because of their potential to deliver painful stings.a wasp on a leaf

Stinging insects are an important of the eco-system, as they pollinate crops and flowers, and predatory species help to control nuisance insects by feeding on them.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects strike fear in people and disrupt outdoor activities, and these pests have the potential to be very dangerous. The venom they possess is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions that have the potential to be severe and life-threatening. Stinging insects often swarm together to deliver their painful stings, if their nests are threatened. Some are more aggressive and have a shorter fuse than others, but it is important to always take care around any species of stinging insect as they will all sting to defend themselves.

The Asian giant hornet is considered a dangerous species of stinging insect – not only because it delivers extremely painful stings, but because it feeds on honey bees. They are capable of destroying populations of honey bees in only a few hours.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects will take advantage of, and nest on, any property that offers them a sheltered place to build their nests, out of reach of predators, or is in close proximity to food sources. In our yards, outdoor eating areas, garden, open trash cans, recycling bins, and compost piles also attract hungry stinging insects.

Yellow jackets and other species of stinging insects feed on a wide variety of proteins and sweets. They love nothing more than to come to an outdoor event and swarm around our drinks and food.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects will nest in a variety of places outside, depending on their exact species:

  • Yellow jackets create their nests in the ground, which makes them very dangerous, as it is very easy to unknowingly disturb or step on a nest. They nest under rocks, woodpiles, landscape timbers, and in the abandoned nests of rodents
  • Cicada killer wasp females create burrows in the soil, nesting in lawns, around play structures, in sandy areas, and in the soil along the edges of foundations and sidewalks.
  • Asian giant hornets (murder hornets) tend to nest underground, and are extremely protective of their nests.
  • Hornets and wasps like to nest up off of the ground on tree branches, in tree cavities, in bushes, under roof eaves, under ledges, behind window shutters, and in outdoor light fixtures.
  • Carpenter bees are solitary, and place their nests in untreated or old pieces of softwood. Fences, decks, wooden play structures, and wooden furniture make suitable nesting spots for carpenter bees. They also nest in wooden shingles, siding, and roof eaves.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

To protect your property from stinging insects, it is essential to maintain an effective stinging insect prevention and control program. For the complete removal of stinging insects from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City stinging insect control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of stinging insects and other pests.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with stinging insects:

  • When outside in your yard or other grassy areas, wear shoes to prevent stepping on a stinging insect or nest.
  • Eliminate moisture, areas of standing water, and containers that collect water from your property, to get rid of their free access to water.
  • Clean up leftover food and drink containers from decks and outdoor patios.
  • Keep trash cans and recycling bins covered.
  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted close to the exterior of your home.
  • Cut back tree branches from the outside of your home.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, brush, and other debris from your yard, that stinging insects could nest within.
  • If you come into close contact with a stinging insect, remain calm until it flies off. Do not swat at or otherwise provoke it.
 

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