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Stinging Insects

What Are Stinging Insects?

There are a broad range of pests that fall under the stinging insect category. Many are actually beneficial when they are not bothering us, as they help control the populations of spiders and other insects. 

The stinging insects that are most often encountered by Parkway Pest Services here in New York include:

  • Bumble Bees
  • Hornets
  • Wasps
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Honey Bees
  • Cicada Killers
  • Digger Bees (Ground Bees)

Some of these pests look very similar and they can be difficult to tell apart. If you are not sure what kind of stinging insect you have, Ask Our Entomologist!

yellow jackets in a hive

Things You Should Know:

  • Stinging insects eat spiders and other insects.
  • They are attracted to areas of water such as pools and ponds.
  • Their stings are painful and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Why Are They In My House?

There are many different reasons that stinging insects may be around your home. Often, our homes provide the perfect shelter for them to build their nests. They also nest near sources of food and water. Pools or ponds can attract these insects. Digger bees are likely to be found outside the home creating nests in the ground in areas that with well-drained soil and little vegetation.

Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?

Most of the time a sting from one of these pests is painful, but is nothing more than a nuisance. However, some people are allergic to the venom these animals deliver with their sting. This can cause them to be dangerous, especially wasps and hornets that can sting multiple times. It is estimated that there are 100 fatalities each year in the United States due to insect stings. Solitary insects, digger bees are pretty docile but may sting if provoked.

What Does It Take To Get Rid Of Stinging Insects?

Getting rid of stinging insects can be a painful and potentially dangerous job and it is not recommended to try to take care of it yourself. Professionals should be called; the technicians at Parkway provide stinging insect control and removal solutions and are trained to deal with these pests in the safest and most effective manner.

How Can I Prevent A Future Infestation?

Preventing yellow jackets, bees, or other stinging insects from invading your property can be nearly impossible. New queens hatch each year and begin searching for a likely nesting spot. A protection plan from Parkway Pest Services is the most effective way of protecting your family from these annoying pests. Contact us today for more information on how we can protect your home from stinging insects.

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    Here at Parkway Pest Services, we pride ourselves on being Green Shield Certified and we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, meaning treatments are much safer for you and your family. IPM techniques include far fewer uses of chemicals, using them only as a last resort. Instead, we focus on baiting and the exclusion of pests.
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