What are stinging insects?
Stinging insects can be separated into two categories, social and solitary. Social species live in large colonies with different roles, such as the queen and workers. Solitary species live alone and tend to be less aggressive. Common stinging insects in the area include honey bees, carpenter bees, yellow jackets, red wasps, European hornets, and striped bark scorpions.
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Are stinging insects dangerous?
The dangers of stinging insects vary depending on the species. Social species are generally more dangerous because they will swarm to protect the queen. However, some species are more aggressive than others. Below you can find the dangers associated with the common stinging insects in Birmingham.
- Honey bees aren’t aggressive and will usually leave people alone unless bothered. Unless you are allergic, their venom isn’t dangerous.
- Like honey bees, carpenter bees aren’t aggressive, but some people can be allergic to their venom. While females can sting if provoked, males don’t have stingers. They can also cause damage as they bore into wood to make their nests.
- Yellowjackets are an aggressive species and can sting multiple times. If threatened, yellow jackets will attack, and their stings are painful and can be life-threatening to those allergic.
- Red wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, but they pose similar threats as they can sting multiple times.
- European hornets will defend their nest if needed, stinging multiple times and triggering allergic reactions. They can also damage trees when trying to get to the sap.
- Striped bark scorpions prefer to steer clear of people but, if threatened, will attack. Their stings are painful can be life-threatening to those that are allergic. It is always wise to seek medical attention when stung by one of these pests.
Why do I have a stinging insect problem?
The two most common reasons you have stinging insects on your property are access to food and shelter that protects them from the elements and predators. Most of these pests are attracted to sweet things like plant nectar, honeydew, and food left out by people or found in the garbage. Other pests like scorpions are predators and will follow prey pests, mainly insects.
Unlike other scorpion species, the striped bark scorpion likes moisture, which can be another conducive factor that attracts them and other stinging insects. Below, you can learn more about where these pests like to hide and how to reduce the things that attract them.
Where will I find stinging insects?
Stinging insects don’t necessarily have to get inside your home to be a problem; depending on the type, these pests can be found all over your property. Social stinging insects such as honey bees, red wasps, yellow jackets, and European hornets build their nests in hollow trees, stumps and logs, under eaves, inside walls, and in underground cavities.
Carpenter bees are a solitary species that don’t live in colonies. Instead, they create tunnels in wood under porches and decks, eaves, and trees.
Striped bark scorpions prefer dark and lightly trafficked places. Outside, they can be found under loose bark, rocks, logs, vegetation, and other debris. They will look for similar sites such as potted plants, crawl spaces, attics, cabinets, and furniture when they get inside.
How do I get rid of stinging insects?
While some stinging insects are more dangerous than others, it’s a good idea to call in professionals for any stinging insect problems you have. Birmingham residents can contact us at Pest Control Experts for assistance. We provide residential and commercial exterminator services in Birmingham to help keep stinging insects from making themselves at home.
Before servicing your home, one of our Birmingham, AL pest technicians will look for pest activity and conducive conditions to create a tailored approach that meets your needs.
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How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?
While professional prevention is important and will help keep stinging insects away, these pests will continue to be attracted to your home unless you also work to reduce conducive conditions. You can do this by using the following tips:
Reduce food sources:
- Don’t let plants over-flower as they can attract stinging insects that eat nectar and honeydew.
- Keep gardens away from your home if you can.
- Pick up falling fruit before it can rot.
- Rinse glasses and cans before recycling them.
- Use garbage cans and compost bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Keep eating areas clear of food debris and spills, which can attract prey pests for scorpions.
- Fix any leaks and replace water-damaged wood.
- Keep gutters clear, and make sure downspouts guide water away from your foundation.
- Make sure your home has proper ventilation, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.
Reduce entry points and harborage areas:
- Install screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.
- Seal any cracks and gaps in your foundation and exterior walls.
- Keep your yard clear of wood and leaf piles, dead trees, and other excess foliage.
- Reduce the clutter in your home and keep it organized.