Stinging Insect Identification

What are stinging insects?

Bees, wasps, and hornets are examples of stinging insects. All three have stingers at the end of their abdomen that they use to paralyze prey with or to defend themselves. Stinging insects are either social (living together in large groups) or solitary (living alone or in very small groups). Bees, wasps, and hornets living outside and away from people are eco-important. Stinging insects pollinate crops and plants, and those that feed on other insects help to control populations of nuisance pests. However, no home or business owner wants stinging insects living near, on, or inside their structures.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Despite their help in nature, when stinging insects nest near people, they become dangerous and unwanted pests. Hornets, wasps, and many species of bees are aggressive and will not hesitate to use their stinger to defend themselves or their colony from a perceived threat. Their stings are painful and leave behind a red welt that lasts for hours or days. In the case of someone allergic to their stings or after a group of them attack, their venom is capable of triggering life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are opportunistic creatures and will take advantage of any property that offers them food, shelter, and access to water. They live and breed outside, and almost any property can become home to these creatures.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Depending on their species, stinging insects will build their nests in a variety of locations, including in trees, on utility poles, in shrubs, under roof eaves, and in other protected areas. They also build nests in homes, garages, warehouses, and other structures.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

If you want to solve your property’s stinging insect problems once and for all, turn to the local experts at Capitol Pest. Since 1936 we have been using the latest technology and most effective products to guard residential and commercial properties from stinging insects and other pests.

At Capitol Pest, we know pests, and we know how to keep them out of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia homes and businesses using comprehensive treatments and prevention measures. For more information about our commitment to solving your property’s pest problems, contact us today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

For homeowners who want to keep stinging insects out of their yards and homes, partner with the experienced professionals at Capitol Pest. With the help of our year-round, affordable pest control services and the following prevention tips, your home will become and stay free of stinging insects!

  • Trim overgrown tree branches back from your roofline. Fill in any ground holes in your yard. Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted close to your home’s exterior. Remove fallen trees, excess woodpiles, and tree stumps from your property.

  • Repair any cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your house. Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and replace or repair torn screens. Repair any holes at the roofline and repair roof damage. Also, install a tight-fitting cap on your chimney.

  • Get rid of access to food sources. Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins and keep outdoor eating areas clean.

  • Eliminate their access to water by keeping gutters clear and repairing leaky pipes and hoses and dripping faucets.


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