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More About Stinging Insects

What is a stinging insect? There is a good chance that you’re going to ask yourself this question at some point. If you’re already been stung, it might be too late. Stinging insects are bees, hornets, wasps, and yellowjackets. They belong to the Hymenoptera order which includes ants. Stinging insects are beneficial to the environment because they’re pollinators. If they’re not trying to sting you or your loved ones or building nests on your property, it is best to leave them alone.

In Los Angeles, there is a good chance that you’re going to encounter stinging insects. The most common stinging insects in this area include paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, honeybees, carpenter bees, and yellowjackets.

Do I Have Hornets, Wasps, Or Yellowjackets?

To find out which stinging insect you’re dealing with, you need to identify the species based on its look and appearance. Below, you’ll find tips for determining which stinging insect you have.

Paper Wasps

First and foremost, you have the moderately aggressive paper wasp. Unless you get too close, you should get stung by paper wasps.

Nests

Paper wasps nests tend to be small, gray, and round. They can be found under the eaves and overhangs of your home.

Appearance

There are several species of paper wasps. In our service area, European Paper Wasps and Northern Paper Wasps are the most common. The European species has black and yellow stripes with an orange antenna. The Northern Paper Wasp is brown with white and yellow stripes.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are very aggressive. You should not approach them and you need to be more careful in late Summer and early Fall. As the nest gets bigger, the yellowjackets become more aggressive.

Nests

Yellowjacket nests are large and home to thousands of insects. Their nests are frequently covered with a gray or black material that resembles paper. They can be placed in the bushes, attics, or porches. Some species prefer placing their nests in the ground.

Appearance

Yellowjackets have black antennas and yellow and back stripes. They’re very fast fliers. When zooming across your property, they’ll fly with their legs tucked tightly against their body.

Bald-Faced Hornet

Ultimately, bald-faced hornets are one of the most aggressive stinging pests. Don’t approach a large nest because they’re more aggressive.

Nests

Their nests are large with many insects. Their large, teardrop-shaped nests can be found on trees, buildings, and tall grass.

Appearance

Bald-faced hornets have large heads, abdomens, and thoraxes. In terms of color, they’re white and black.

Honeybees

If you want to approach stinging pests, you’ll want to get close to honeybees. They’re not aggressive and are often bred to be gentle.

Nests

As you already know, honeybees are responsible for producing honey. Their intricate comb nests can be found on rocks and walls. Honeybees return to the same nest each year and store honey. If you raise honeybees, you will be rewarded with a delicious treat.

Appearance

Honeybees look fuzzy. They’re orange or yellow and have a stinger.

Carpenter Bees

When compared to yellowjackets and hornets, carpenter bees are less aggressive. Even if you get close to their nest, they likely won’t sting you.

Nests

Carpenter bee nests are very unique since they’ll carve 3/8” holes in your wood deck, siding, or fascia. They’re destructive so it is pertinent to remove them from your property as quickly as possible. Once they’ve bored out a hole, they’ll use it to care for their young.

Appearance

Carpenter bees and bumblebees are often mistaken because they look similar. The species found in our service area has a fuzzy thorax and is yellow and black. Look for a yellow spot on the bee’s face since this can help you identify the gender. Males have a spot there.

Do Stinging Insects Pose A Danger?

You are worried that bees are going to sting your children. It is reasonable to be worried about this since stinging insects indeed sting. However, you will discover that they’re not as aggressive as you might believe. Some stinging insects aren’t aggressive, but others area. Males won’t be able to sting. It is the female stinging insect that stings people. In addition to this, the aggressiveness of the pest depends on the species and the size of its nest. Never approach a large nest because the stinging insect will likely be more aggressive.

Why Are Stinging Insects On My Property?

Stinging insects approach homes because they’re trying to build nests. If they find a suitable location on your property, they’ll build a nest there.

How Can I Remove Stinging Insects?

You have to get rid of stinging insects, such as wasps and hornets, as quickly as possible. However, attempting to tackle this problem can be dangerous. If you’re not cautious, you might get stung and you could experience an intense allergic reaction. You’ll need to spray the nest and this will cause the bees to attack. If you’re going to fix this problem on your own, it is wise to spray the nest at night. During this time, they’ll be less aggressive so you might have a chance to get away without getting stung. Otherwise, you can depend on us. Contact us today to learn more about stinging insect removal services.

Is Your Stinging Insect Treatment Safe?

Absolutely. We know how much you want to protect your loved ones and pets. Well, we want to help you do just that. By working with us, you’ll know that our skilled exterminators are going to take steps to protect everyone involved. They’ve been trained extensively to provide you with safe solutions. Furthermore, we require our exterminators to use products registered with the EPA. These products have been tested extensively to make sure that they will not harm people, pets, or plants.

What Is The Cost Of Stinging Insect Extermination?

We offer stinging insect extermination at low costs. The price of this service will depend on the following factors.

  • The stinging insect type
  • The size of the impacted area
  • The stinging insect nest size
  • The nest’s location

When Can You Begin?

Get in touch with our friendly representative to schedule an appointment. We’ll respond to your request in 24 to 48 hours.

Is There A Way To Prevent Stinging Insects?

While you can’t stop all stinging insects from approaching your home, you might be able to keep them away. Make sure you treat the wood around your home. Even then, bees and hornets may visit. We offer a home service program designed to protect you. Pay a low annual fee and we’ll visit your home three times annually. If we notice any pests on your property, your annual fee will cover our treatment services.

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