What are stinging insects?
Stinging insects are a vital part of the ecosystem. Predatory species like wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are important because they feed on and help reduce nuisance insect populations. In contrast, honey bees and other species are important because of their ability to pollinate our plants and crops.
The following stinging insects are most likely to turn your Rio Grande Valley yard or home into a nesting or foraging site.
- Africanized bees
- Carpenter bees
- Honey bees
- Yellow jackets
In some parts of the country, stinging insects are summer pests, but in our area of Texas, stinging insects are active and a threat throughout much of the year. Stinging insects are those insects that have a stinger on their hind end that they use to inject venom into their prey or as a way to disarm a threat.
Are stinging insects dangerous?
Stinging insects are most well known for the painful stings they inflict on people and animals whenever they feel threatened. While not every species of stinging insect is super aggressive, some are, so it is important that you never purposely aggravate them. Stinging insect venom is strong enough to trigger an allergic reaction in people. Those with a severe allergy can have a very severe or even life-threatening response.
It is also important to note that stinging insects cause more than health risks. Stinging insects can also damage our properties. When bees decide to nest behind our walls and eventually abandon the nest, the nest begins to decay, attracting insects to the home. Also, the honey found in their nests will cause mold and mildew issues in drywall and insulation.
Carpenter bees tunnel through and create nesting galleries in wooden structures. Wood fences, furniture, play structures, trim, and decks are common nesting spots for carpenter bees. As a solitary species, each female creates its own nest and many females nest in the same wood year after year. Over time, a carpenter bee infestation can cause costly structural damage.
Why do I have a stinging insect problem?
Stinging insects create their nests in a variety of places, and any of our Texas yards could make a suitable habitat for one or more stinging insects.
Stinging insects are a problem for people because they put us and our pets in danger when they decide to nest or forage for food in our yards. It is hard to enjoy sitting or eating outside, gardening, or mowing the lawn when stinging insects are swarming around our heads.
Where will I find stinging insects?
In northern parts of the United States, the cold winter weather often provides people with relief from stinging insects. However, in southern Texas, the weather is warm enough for stinging insects to be a year-round threat.
Stinging insects are usually found in their largest numbers swarming around their nesting sites or food sources.
Common Nesting Sites:
- Trees and shrubbery
- Ground holes
- The exterior of our homes
- The underside of roof eaves, decks, and porch steps
- Under grills or inside play structures
Common Food Sources:
- Flowering trees and plants.
- Gardens and fruit trees
- Trash cans and recycling bins
- Pet food
How do I get rid of stinging insects?
When it comes to removing bee and wasp hives from your McAllen, TX property, it is always best to partner with an experienced professional. At Bugworks Termite & Pest Control, our certified professionals will partner with you and ensure you receive the most effective and highest-quality pest control services in McAllen. We know which stinging insects are in our area of Texas and how to remove them safely from your outdoor or indoor spaces.
If stinging insects are making it impossible for you to enjoy your property, don’t wait another day to reach out to us at Bugworks Termite & Pest Control. We are committed to our customers and their safety and to delivering the highest quality home pest control services possible!
How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?
In addition to implementing professional home and commercial pest control services, the following tips will help make your property less attractive to the stinging insects that live throughout Texas.
- Take away nesting sites by removing fallen trees, tree stumps, woodpiles, and other yard debris.
- Keep the grass cut short and fill in any ground holes that you discover.
- Maintain flower and vegetable gardens.
- Regularly inspect the underside of decks, railings, picnic tables, and roof eaves for stinging insect nests to help avoid unwanted contact with these pests.
Contact Bugworks Termite & Pest Control if you have any questions or to learn more about the pest control solutions we offer.
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