So far, the summer has been mild but I suspect that the temperatures will rise, and with that comes a variety of stinging insects. My last blog touched on the baldfaced hornet. One of the more aggressive stinging insects we deal with every year. Although these are probably the most aggressive flyers you can find yourself running from most yellow Jackets, bees, wasps, and hornets if you mess around with their nest.
The National Pest Management Association reports that stinging insects send more than half of a million people to the emergency room every year. People who have an allergic reaction to a bee sting are in the most danger. However, anyone who sustains multiple stings at the same time can be at risk.
Now is the perfect time to walk around your property to see if you have any stinging insect nest on your home or property. Pay special attention to the corners of your home under overhangs, eves, decks, and window sills. You should also inspect trees, bushes, sheds, swing sets, and other structures. If you do locate a nest do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call a licensed pest control professional and have them come out and evaluate your situation. More importantly, they will determine what type of stinging insect you are dealing with and determine the risk to you and your family. They will usually give you a free estimate and solve your problem right on the spot.
Most every stinging insect is beneficial to our environment for one reason or another so if the nest is not a threat to your family or pets the nest should go undisturbed. However, if the nest poses a potential threat, action should be taken to have it removed. Here are some stinging insects and a guide to the threat they pose.
Honey Bees – They are not aggressive but will sting if threatened.
Baldfaced Hornets – They are very aggressive when their nest is threatened.
Carpenter Bees – Males appear aggressive but do not have a stinger. Females can sting but rarely do.
European Hornets – If their nest is located near a structure, control measures are warranted.
Paper Wasps – They can become very aggressive when their nest is threatened.
Yellow Jackets – They are slow to sting but will if their nest is threatened.
Bumble Bees – Not an aggressive insect but they do have the capability to sting.
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