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Don't Let Wasps, Bees, And Hornets Swarm Around Your McAllen Home

Wasp on wood.

Why Stinging Insects Are Nearly Impossible To Avoid Around McAllen

Various types of stinging insects in McAllen will build nests in different areas, making almost every area of your property a potential danger zone. The following list will explain the places where the most common stinging insects in this area build their nests:

  • Africanized killer bees nest in crates, old tires, boxes, and empty cars.
  • Carpenter bees around your house will build nests inside wood, eaves, siding, or trees.
  • Honey bees prefer hollow trees, hollow walls, and attics. 
  • Hornets build aerial paper nests that hang from trees, utility poles, overhangs, or the house itself.
  • Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped paper nests that hang from trees, shrubs, homes, and other structures.
  • A yellow jacket nest can be in holes in the ground, around eaves, or inside attics.

Because nests can be in the ground, in objects, bushes, trees, and around the house, these pests are nearly impossible to avoid. If you suspect a nest on your property, make sure that your family knows to avoid it. Contact us at BUGWORKS Termite & Pest Control for assistance with stinging insect control and removal on your property. 

Tips To Minimize Wasps, Bees, And Hornets Around Your Home

Here in McAllen, stinging insects are a year-round problem. But you can help minimize their activity and avoid attracting them in several ways. The following tips can help you get a start on bee, hornet, and wasp prevention:

  • Keep food covered when dining outdoors
  • Rinse out empty food containers before throwing them away
  • Store garbage in sealed containers
  • Avoid wearing scented perfumes, colognes, or lotions
  • Eliminate moisture and standing water around your property

If stinging insects continue to be a problem on your property, contact us today at BUGWORKS Termite & Pest Control. Our technicians can help you determine what's attracting stinging insects to your property and safely remove them.

What To Do If You've Been Stung By A Wasp, Bee, Or Hornet

In McAllen, some of the worst stinging insects are the types that live in colonies and defend the nest together, such as yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and Africanized killer bees. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can also sting more than once, making them more dangerous.

First and foremost, if you are stung, stay calm and get somewhere safe so you don't provoke more stings. If there is a stinger, avoid using tweezers that will squeeze more venom into your skin, and instead, pass the edge of a credit card over the stinger until you can dislodge it. Clean the area with soap and water, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

If swelling starts to move toward the face and neck, or you experience an allergic reaction like nausea, dizziness, or trouble breathing, head to an emergency room. If you have a nest on your property, the best way to avoid potentially dangerous stings is to contact the pros at BUGWORKS Termite & Pest Control for assistance with removal. Contact us today to request more information.

Why Stinging Insects Should Always Be Left To The Professionals

If you are seeing a lot of stinging insects on your property and are not sure what species they are or where the nest is, it is time to call in the pros. Avoid approaching or attempting to remove any nests on your own because you might provoke an attack. Make sure your family is aware of any nests and knows to avoid them too.

The safest way to deal with these insects is to contact us at BUGWORKS Termite & Pest Control. Our technicians will happily assist you with bee, wasp, and hornet control and help ensure the safety of your family and pets.

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