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Stinging Insects: The Painful Enemy

Bees buzzing around an appleStinging insects, such as wasps and bees, have been known to frighten almost anybody that encounters them. Stinging insects are quick to ruin a any outdoor activity, especially when there are people around who are allergic to their stings.

Although our initial reaction when confronted with these pests is to do whatever it takes to get rid of them, some stinging insects are actually more beneficial than dangerous. Bees, for instance, help to pollinate plants while wasps will feed on other insects that can be dangerous to lawns. Also, although they are have reputation for stinging people, most social stinging insects such as bees and yellow jackets actually only sting in defense.

In our service areas, Senske deals primarily with:

Stinging insects are most active commonly in the late summer and early fall, when colonies have had the summer to grow. Also, stinging insects are known to be the most active during the day and retreating to their nests during the evening. Pest control technicians prefer to trap yellow jackets and other stinging insects in the spring because only the queen will survive the winter. Catching a queen when the weather starts to warm up is the best way to protect against stinging insect problems later.

Stinging insects normally interact with humans while they are scavenging for food. It’s important when encountering a stinging insect to not flail your arms at the stinging insect because it can startle them into stinging. Also, some stinging insects, including hornets, will release a pheromone that calls other hornets in the area in to attack.

Don’t allow stinging insects to ruin your next family get together. Instead contact us at (877) 944-4007 or request an estimate online for FREE.