Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

It is well known that stinging insects are beneficial to the environment. They help pollinate crops, flowers, and trees, and many species are predatory and hunt nuisance insects. 

Another well-known fact about stinging insects is that they can deliver painful stings to people and animals they view as a threat. Stinging insects have a stinger extending from the hind end that they use to paralyze their prey and as an unpleasant means of defense.

Some of the most common species of stinging insects property owners in Wisconsin come across are bumble bees, yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps. 

Stinging insects are flying pests, and though the appearance of each species is different, they usually are a combination of brown, black, yellow, orange, and white colors.

a wasp on its nest

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are a pest that poses a risk to people and our pets. The only protection these small insects have from danger is their stinger. Some stinging insects are very aggressive and will deliver a sting because you walked too close to them, while others are a bit more laid back. 

The two biggest causes for concern when it comes to stinging insects are allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe to even life-threatening or an infection developing at the sting site.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Unfortunately, having a problem with stinging insects is not uncommon. These pests are likely to make themselves at home wherever there is shelter, food, and water. Depending on the species, stinging insects will create a nest in a variety of locations.

Outside in our yards, stinging insects build nests in tree voids, on tree branches, in shrubs, in woodpiles, in ground holes, or in the abandoned nests of animals. 

Stinging insects also regularly build nests on or around our homes in the following areas:

  • Behind shutters or siding

  • Under decks, porches, or roof eaves

  • Around windows or doors

  • Under grills

  • On chimneys or in vents

  • Around outdoor light fixtures

  • Wall voids

Where will I find stinging insects?

In our area, stinging insects are most active during the summer season when their colonies are at their largest, and the workers move back and forth to and from the nests trying to forage enough food to feed all the colony members. 

Stinging insects will make themselves at home on any property that provides them with their basic needs, so an infestation can pop up almost anywhere. However, properties located near wooded areas, fields, meadows, ponds, and other natural water sources tend to have the most problems with these pests.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of stinging insects from your property that are a danger to your family and pets with the help of Ewert Pest Control. We know how stressful and dangerous it is to deal with stinging insects and will provide you with the safe and effective pest control services necessary to remove them. 

Our focus is on providing our customers with long-term pest control solutions that utilize green, eco-friendly treatments that won’t harm people, plants, or pets. Our certified technicians work with our customers to ensure that current pest issues are corrected and to prevent future problems with stinging insects! For more information about our stinging insect control solutions, reach out and speak with one of our friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from stinging insects with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted on your property.

  • Don’t place flowering potted plants at the exits and entrances of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, stumps, woodpiles, and other debris from your yard that could harbor stinging insects.

  • Regularly remove vegetation from gardens.

  • Remove standing water from your property.

  • Keep areas around trash cans, and compost bins cleaned up and make sure their lids are always on them. 

  • Make sure to put away leftover food after eating outdoors to stop stinging insects from being attracted to the food.

  • When drinking sugary drinks outside, keep them covered.

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