What You Should Know About Stinging Insects
Stinging insects are arthropods that carry venom and have stingers. When they’re on the hunt for food, they inject venom into their prey. They tend to come out in the spring months when temperatures rise, looking for suitable locations to nest and lay their eggs. Some of the most common species in the area include:
- Africanized honey bees
- Carpenter bees
- Honey bees
- Mud dauber wasps
- Paper wasps
- Yellow jackets
No matter which specific species you’re dealing with, stinging insects are primarily pests that reside outdoors. They feed mostly on other insects and nectar to sustain themselves. Seeing as a garden is a frequent hangout for these pests, that means your yard is at risk for stinging insect activity. Reach out to A-1 Bonded Termite and learn more about our Anaheim home pest control solutions.
Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?
Stinging insects are pretty common in the area, and it’s important you understand the potential dangers these pests present. As mentioned, these insects sting their prey and inject them with venom. However, since humans aren’t their prey, are we in danger?
Although we’re not their intended target, sometimes we get in the way. When stinging insects sense a potential threat, they react instinctively by stinging. Some species can even sting their victims more than once, intensifying the reaction and danger at hand. Getting stung puts you at risk for a number of reasons:
- Everyone will react differently to stinging insects, depending on their sensitivity and allergies. Many people have allergic reactions to stinging insects, and severe cases can lead to anaphylactic shock.
- Even if you don’t have allergies, the sting site can develop into an infected wound that can be quite serious if not treated properly.
- Getting stung is undoubtedly a painful and unpleasant experience, not to mention it’s a sudden occurrence that can lead to distraction. Distraction is dangerous and puts you at risk of serious accidents and injuries.
To avoid these threats, you should do everything in your power to keep stinging insects away from your property. It can be overwhelming to tackle a stinging insect problem once it’s occurred; that’s why we recommend getting ahead of the problem.
What You Can Do To Prevent Stinging Insect Activity On Your Property
If you want to protect yourself from stinging insect activity, there are some useful preventative measures you can take to deter stinging insects from nesting on your property. Here are a few ways to minimize the presence of these intruders:
- Clean up spills, crumbs, and sugar residue promptly.
- Cover up any holes in the ground using cement or grass.
- Cover up piles of compost and keep your garbage cans tightly sealed.
- Eliminate food sources (human and pet food) and don’t leave them outside.
- Fill your backyard with paper lanterns or brown paper bags to scare off stinging insects.
- Keep an eye out for wasp nests in sheds, garages, and wall cavities, and remove old nests.
- Keep garbage cans tightly sealed and cover any piles of compost.
- Keep windows and doors closed when possible.
- Keep wood around your home finished and in good condition, using paint, sealants, or stains.
- Pick up your trash and clean up any messes right when they happen.
- Plant cucumber, rosemary, thyme, and lavender, which all contain natural repellents.
- Use caulk to seal up cracks and crevices around the porch.
- While spending time outside, keep your food covered as well as your trash.
Where are stinging insects commonly found?
Stinging insects can be very hard to get rid of once they make themselves comfortable on your property. It’s also not something you should deal with alone, as it’s very dangerous to attempt to remove a nest without help from the experts. Professional stinging insect solutions are the only way to go. Our team provides expert pest solutions in Santa Ana, Long Beach, and beyond!
Reach out to A-1 Bonded Termite to learn more about the threat of stinging insects and what we can do to help protect your property throughout the year. Our residential and commercial pest control and prevention treatments give you the year-round pest protection you deserve so that you can enjoy your yard, worry-free.