two wasps on a nest outside of house

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are those pests that can make spending time outside in your yard stressful and dangerous. Stinging insects have a stinger located at the end of their abdomen that predatory species use to paralyze prey with and that pollinators and predators use to defend themselves.

a wasp eating apple crisp at a picnic

Wasps, carpenter bees, and hornets are all examples of stinging insects that nest in our yards or on our homes. Like most species of stinging insects, wasps and hornets are social and live together in large groups. Carpenter bees are a solitary and create individual nests.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects pose a significant problem for people as they are eco-important and need protection, but we also need to guard our family and pets against their venom-filled, painful stings. Stinging insects are dangerous pests because of the venom they inject into their victims with each sting.

Wasps and hornets are aggressive and won't hesitate to defend themselves from perceived danger. Carpenter bees are not an aggressive species; females have stingers, but only sting if provoked. Male carpenter bees are much more aggressive than the females but luckily lack stingers and pose no danger.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are not all bad news; in fact, having them buzzing around your yard is beneficial. Stinging insects help to control garden pests and pollinate plants. But having stinging insects nesting on your property is problematic and can make spending time in your yard without being stung difficult.

Stinging insects love the warm, sunny weather that summer brings. They can build a nest on any property that offers them a sheltered spot near food and water sources.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects place their nests in trees, tree voids, utility poles, roof eaves, chimneys, and doorways. Other nesting spots include inside tree stumps, under woodpiles, and in piles of dense shrubbery or other vegetation. Some species place their nest in ground holes or the abandoned nests of small animals.

Carpenter bees build their nests in pieces of wood (preferring softwood and untreated wood). Their nesting habits can damage wooden structures like playsets, furniture, trim, shingles, and fencing.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

The safest and most stress-free way to get rid of stinging insects and other pests from your Bay Area property is to partner with Bay Pest. Meeting our customers' unique pest control needs are our top priority!
 
Our dedicated professionals can identify your specific pest problem, provide the services needed to get rid of them, and the follow-up services necessary to prevent them from returning! To learn more about our solutions to eliminate pests from your residential or commercial property, reach out to Bay Pest today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To prevent problems with stinging insects on your property or in your home, follow our top prevention tips listed below!

  • Cut foliage back away from the outside of your home. Don't plant lots of flowering vegetation right near your home's exterior walls.
  • If you have a stinging insect nest on your property, make sure to stay away from it until professionals remove it.
  • Keep stinging insects out of your home by repairing holes in exterior walls and the foundation, and fill gaps around windows and doors.
  • When eating outside, keep extra food covered. After eating, immediately clean up leftovers and bring them inside.
  • Eliminate as many nesting spots as possible. Get rid of excess woodpiles, brush piles, overgrown vegetation, and ground holes.

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