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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

A stinging insect has a stinger at the end of its abdomen. You may also define them as flying insects that sting. The insects that fall into this category are wasps, hornets, and bees. These pests create nests around your property and on the exterior of structures and present a hazard for anyone who ventures nearby. But not all stinging insects are equal. Social insects that live together in hives or colonies will work together to aggressively defend the group. If you stumble upon one of these nests, you could be swarmed with repeated stings. Other solitary insects do not have that protective instinct and are far less likely to sting. If you aren't sure which type of insect is on your property, give us a call for help with lawn services in Marietta, GA.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

All stinging insects have venom, but they are not necessarily dangerous. In most cases, a sting will only result in localized pain. While certainly intense, the pain of a stinging insect is not usually dangerous. The venom is not strong enough to create medical symptoms in most cases. There is, however, a concern for anyone who has an allergy to insect bites and stings. An allergic reaction to a sting can produce life-threatening symptoms, such as anaphylaxis. If you are stung and experience worsening symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. It is best not to take chances when it comes to stinging pests. We also recommend getting stinging insect control if you have children, as they are more vulnerable.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects often move onto properties that provide appropriate food sources. Wasps, hornets, and bees eat nectar from flowers, so a yard with flowering plants will lure these pests. Some feed on protein sources, such as other insects. A high population of insects can attract them. A dirty or uncovered trash receptacle will also attract stinging insects. The best way to keep these pests out of your yard is to clean up after outdoor meals, keep trash cans covered, get control of weeds in your lawn, and reduce the insect population on your property. If you need help with this, contact Maple Leaf Lawn Care & Pest Control. We have all the services you need for weed control, lawn fertilizing, and general pest control.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Wasps, hornets, and bees create nests both high and low. The nests created above ground are called aerial nests. You'll find them on tree branches, in bushes, and attached to the exterior of buildings in sheltered locations. Other wasps create nests in the holes they find in your lawn. These tiny stinging insects are a pain – quite literally. They can live in surprising spaces, such as an abandoned gopher hole. They may also get into your wall voids if they find an entry point. Wasps that get into cavities and voids are the worst because you can't see their nests. You have to listen for them and look for where the tiny drones are going in and out of their hidden home.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

It is hard to remove a nest or hive on your property. Social insects will defend their nests aggressively when threatened. It is also tricky to remove nests that are in the ground or hiding within a wall void. The best way to get rid of stinging insects is to have a technician evaluate your stinging insect problem and use appropriate gear and methods to remove the nest. A pest professional is trained in methods developed by industry experts, and they have field experience. These are needed when dealing with stinging insects because they are often unpredictable and may find ways to avoid treatments.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Once a nest is removed from your property, we can continue to help you prevent stinging insect issues. Our year-round perimeter pest control service plan provides you with ongoing surveillance of stinging insects and nests on your property and fast treatment of stinging insect nests when they appear. We stay ahead of stinging insect infestations, so they aren't able to sneak up on you while you're enjoying your summer fun in the yard. If you'd like to learn more about stinging insects in Georgia, or you need to learn more about the services we provide, navigate to our contact page and reach out to us. Our service team is happy to help!

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