Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Types of stinging insects include bees, wasps, and hornets. Hornets are actually types of wasps but are larger and considered more aggressive. 

Often, proper identification is necessary for effective control, but there are many different bees, wasps, and hornets, so it's usually best to get an expert's assistance.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Many of the stinging insects we think of are social, meaning they live in colonies and depend on one another to survive. However, some species are solitary, so they live alone. For example, carpenter bees bore holes into wood instead of creating a nest.

Social species are generally seen as more aggressive than solitary ones because they have to protect a colony.

Still, most stinging insects you encounter won't attack just because, but instead out of self-defense. It's best to avoid getting too close to any stinging insect nest, especially if you or someone else is allergic.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

As flying pests, stinging insects can choose to make their home just about anywhere, so it may just be out of convenience that they choose your property. However, your yard or home may provide optimal nesting sites close to food sources and water.

If you are experiencing carpenter bees, you likely have soft or weathered woods they look for to bore into.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Where you'll find stinging insects on your property will vary depending on the species. Some of these pests prefer to build their nests underneath overhangs and eaves, while others look for cavities such as underground holes and hollow logs. 

Stinging insects can even make their way into homes, sheds, garages, and other structures where they can build nests inside the walls.

How do I get rid of carpet beetles?

It would be best if you didn't attempt DIY pest control with stinging insects because they can easily become threatened and attack you or others. 

You don't have to put yourself or others in harm's way when you get help from EcoGuard Pest Control. Our experts are trained to handle pests like stinging insects. We can also figure out why they might be attracted to your property in the first place and offer advice and assistance to make your yard or home less conducive to them.

Contact us at EcoGuard Pest Control for home pest control to eliminate stinging insects on your property and ask about our specialty services to treat carpenter bees.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

You can eliminate some of the factors that attract stinging insects and help prevent these pests from making themselves home in your yard. To do this, use these tips:

  • Keep your yard maintained by regularly mowing the lawn and upkeeping foliage.
  • Reduce the flowering plants in your yard to deter these pollinators 
  • Address other pest problems as many stinging insects are predators
  • Eliminate moisture and standing water in your yard
  • Make sure the exterior of your home, garage, shed, and other outbuildings are sealed so they can't get inside
  • Remove stumps, dead trees, logs, and other debris from your yard
  • Keep garbage cans closed and clean of any food debris
  • Remove and replace all water-damaged, weathered, and decaying wood

Don't forget to call EcoGuard Pest Control for all your stinging insect pest control needs.