Beware Summer’s Buzzing Invaders: Managing Stinging Insects on Your Property
Summertime is upon us, which means longer days, warmer temperatures, and – unfortunately – the return of stinging insects.
Wasps and yellow jackets, among other pests, can turn your backyard into a battleground and a potential health threat to those allergic to their stings.
Wasps and yellow jackets, equipped with powerful stingers and the capability to inflict multiple stings, can make enjoying the outdoors a challenge. Plus, their habit of building nests in sheltered areas around our homes makes them unwelcome guests that require effective – and safe – management.
A Growing Issue: Nest Building & Population Increase
Both wasps and yellow jackets are social insects. Starting in spring, queens emerge from hibernation to establish new colonies. Nests – often found in hollow trees, walls, eaves, attics, and underground – grow rapidly throughout summer. By the end of summer, a single nest may house thousands of these stinging insects.
The Risk: Painful Stings & Potential Allergic Reactions
Wasp and yellow jacket stings can cause more than just a sharp, burning pain; they can lead to severe allergic reactions in some individuals.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition. Even without an allergy, multiple stings can be dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.
Property Damage: Structural Integrity Threats
Some species, like carpenter bees, are also capable of inflicting property damage. Their nest-building process includes boring holes in wooden home structures, outdoor furniture, or fences.
Ground-nesting yellow jackets excavate extensive nests in soft soil, disrupting plant roots and potentially destabilizing walkways or patios. Their nests can lead to dead patches on lawns and pose potential tripping hazards.
Both species can infiltrate home interiors through small gaps into wall cavities, basements, or attics. Inside, they can damage insulation and HVAC systems.
The Solution: Rusty’s Animal Control
Don’t let the fear of stinging insects prevent you from enjoying your property this summer. Get ahead of the potential pain and property damage by seeking professional help. Rusty’s Animal Control can safely and effectively remove these stinging insects, destroy their nests, and ensure they don’t come back.
With over a decade of experience in pest and wildlife removal, our team provides thorough services that include the elimination of wasps and yellow jackets, nest removal and sealing of entry points.
Additionally, we offer a variety of other pest control solutions tailored to your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members to learn more about how we can help protect your property from these and other common pests.
Contact us to learn more about our stinging insect solutions and let us make your summer a little safer – and a lot more enjoyable.