Facts, Identification & Control
AppearanceWhat do Stinging Pests look like?
Stinging pests come in a range of shapes an sizes that span multiple insect species. While the common factor is a stinger, body types, colors, and legs vary widely between pest such as bees, hornets, wasps, and even scorpions. These pests can all present problems for you or your home and controlling them begins with accurate identification. For more information, contact Orkin for an accurate identification of the pest problem you are experiencing.
What Orkin Does
If you find a nest on your property, removing it safely and completely can be difficult. Orkin can come out and perform an inspection of your yard and home. Once our technician locates their nest, they can treat the pests as well as remove the source. Your Orkin technician will look for conditions that invite stinging insects, tackle current infestations, and remove any nests to help prevent future stingers from showing up. With more than 160 hours of training just in the first year, you can trust your technician will know the classification and behavior of stinging insects so a solution can be targeted for your home.
ARE STINGING PESTS CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Warm weather tends to bring everyone outside, including stinging pests. While the stings from wasps, bees, hornets, or yellow jackets may hurt, they can also cause more serious health issues like painful swelling, infections, nausea, and in rare cases even death. Not only do you need to worry about the stinging pests themselves, but also about locating and removing their breeding places.
Behavior, Diet & Habits
In the warm months, stinging insects buzz around your home, often building nests inside attics and gutters, or under decks or eaves. It is important to find and seal cracks and crevices to keep these pests from migrating indoors.
STINGING PEST FACTS
Stinging insects such as bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets use their stings to subdue prey (primarily insects and spiders) and to defend themselves or their colony.
Hornet nests are constructed with paper-like material produced by the insects mixing their saliva together with the wood fibers they gather.
Unlike wasps, yellow jackets and hornets, honey bees, Africanized honey bees and bumble bees sting and inject venom only once and usually die within minutes after delivering their sting.
Scorpions live in very dry climates. Despite this, they are very sensitive to the loss of moisture from their body and hide during the day in shady locations.
There are many species of wasps that are important pollinators. However, taken as a group, wasps do pollinate, but are not as effective at pollinating as the bees.
Two kinds of bee swarms occur: primary and secondary. The queen bees lead primary swarms, which include a larger number of workers acting to protect the egg-laying queen. Secondary swarms are led by several virgin female bees and as a result, these swarms are half the size of the primary swarm and do not occur as often.