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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

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What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects live all around us and are an important part of the ecosystem. From feeding on and controlling nuisance insects to pollinating crops and flowers, stinging insects provide valuable services.

Three of the most common species of stinging insects that make themselves at home in our Raleigh yards include:

  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets

Unfortunately, stinging insects around Raleigh properties protect themselves and nests from perceived threats by delivering painful stings. Having stinging insects living in our yards in areas with a lot of activity or having a nest attached to our home is a problem. While a welcome sight out in nature, on our Raleigh properties, they are unwanted pests.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Getting stung by a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket is an experience you won’t soon forget. Their stings are painful and typically leave behind large, red welts that can last hours or days. The venom they inject with their stings is strong enough to cause serious, sometimes life-threatening, reactions in people and our pets. 

Having stinging insects nesting or flying about your property poses a danger and makes spending enjoyable time in your yard impossible. Stinging insects can turn simple things like gardening, eating outside, playing outside, and sitting outside into a stressful and unpleasant experience.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects have become a problem on your property because it offers them the things they need to survive.

  • Our Raleigh yards provide stinging insects with many safe nesting spots that shelter them from predators and harsh weather conditions. 
  • Our gardens and landscaping attract insects that predatory stinging insects like to feed on. 
  • Our yards, trash cans, flowerbeds, and outdoor eating areas offer them places to forage for sweets and proteins. 
  • Rainwater puddling in the driveway, clogged gutters, and birdbaths provide them with a reliable source of water.

Reach out to Souther Pest Solutions today for more information about our wasp nest removal services in Raleigh.   

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects are most active during the spring and summer months when temperatures are warm, and there is plenty of food for them. 

In the early spring, overwintering queens emerge from their hideouts to build nests and lay their first batch of eggs. Where these queens build their nests vary, but the location they decide on can put you and your family at risk. Below are some of the most common nesting sites for stinging insects:

  • On tree branches or in tree hollows
  • In or under shrubs and bushes
  • Inside ground holes created by wild animals
  • Under roofline and decks.
  • Behind shingles and shutters
  • In or on chimneys

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Stinging insects nesting or foraging for food on your Raleigh property is potentially dangerous to you, your family, and your pets. If you are experiencing problems with stinging insects, reach out to us at Southern Pest Solutions. Our professionals can safely remove stinging insects from your Raleigh property. We place a high value on honoring our promises and providing our customers with the most effective and comprehensive pest solutions possible. 

Our stinging insect control services include inspections, knocking down existing nests, and killing emerging nests. Our professionals will also apply a residual liquid to potential future nesting sites to help prevent stinging insects from nesting on your property in the future. Our goal is to provide the services necessary so you can enjoy your backyard! Contact us today to learn more about our stinging insect control processor to request your free quote!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to keep stinging insects from taking over your Raleigh property.

  • When eating outdoors, make sure to keep sugary drinks covered and keep the food you aren’t currently eating covered to avoid attracting yellow jackets and other stinging insects.
  • Prevent stinging insects from foraging for sweets and proteins in trash cans and recycling bins by always keeping lids on those containers.
  • Remove areas of standing water from your yard that stinging insects could use as a water source.
  • Inspect your home for potential entry points and seal those openings to help keep stinging insects from moving into your home. 
  • Avoid placing flowering plants and shrubs directly outside of your home’s entrances.
  • Remove potential nesting sites from your yard, such as excess woodpiles, fallen trees, and tree stumps, and fill ground holes. 
  • Regularly inspect areas under steps, decks, and roof eaves for stinging insect nests.