Stinging Insect Identification

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are unique because, depending on where these eco-important pests live, people consider them either beneficial and wanted (outside in nature) or dangerous and unwanted (in our yards or homes). A stinger extending from a stinging insect's abdomen helps predatory species capture their insect prey. Unfortunately, the stinger is also strong enough to pierce through the skin of people if we become a threat to them.

a wasp on wood

Many different types of stinging insects live across the country and invade our outdoor and indoor spaces. Wasps, carpenter bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and mud daubers are all examples of stinging insects living throughout Illinois.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

The ability to sting us and inject their venom into us is what makes these pests so dangerous. Stinging insects deliver painful stings when they feel threatened or think their nest is under attack. When stung by a group of these insects, or if a person is allergic to the venom,  a person may experience a severe allergic reaction that includes difficulty breathing and requires immediate medical attention.

Giving these pests space and not purposely aggravating them is crucial if you want to avoid being stung. Stings are most likely to occur when these pests build nests near the exits or entrances of our homes or in high traffic areas of our yards.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Preventing problems with these outdoor pests is difficult; a problem with stinging insects can pop up on any property. Stinging insects place their nests in sheltered hard-to-reach areas, so their presence usually isn't discovered until a large problem has already developed. If your property provides stinging insects with areas of shelter, food, and water (which most of our yards do), they will take advantage and build a nest or use it as a place to forage for food.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects live outside in various places, including our yards, wooded areas, orchards, gardens, and meadows. Our yards offer stinging insects a wide variety of places to build a nest, including:

  • Trees and shrubs
  • Utility poles
  • Ground holes
  • Behind outdoor light fixtures
  • Under roof eaves, decks, or porch ceilings
  • Inside chimneys, attics, or walls voids

Carpenter bees are a bit unique, they are solitary, and each female creates its own nest. Females build their nests by making a hole and tunneling through older or weathered wood. Carpenter bees will nest in things on our property like fences, decks, roof eaves, and wooden play structures or furniture.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Having stinging insects on your property can be stressful, especially if anyone in your household is allergic to their venom. To remove stinging insects from your Illinois home or property, always consult with a professional. At Aerex Pest Control, we have over 70 years of pest control experience.

Our family-owned and operated business is committed to helping people protect their properties from stinging insects and other pests. Our professionals will find and safely remove all stinging insect nests from your property, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without the threat of being swarmed by them. If you would like to discover more about our residential or commercial pest control options, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

We have put together a list of practical prevention tips to help you keep stinging insects off your property.

  • Relocate flowering plants planted in pots away from windows and doors that lead into your home.
  • Reduce a stinging insect's access to water on your property by keeping gutters clear, repairing leaky hoses, and storing containers that collect water upside down.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
  • Control flowering weeds in your yard that attract stinging insects.
  • Regularly inspect doorways, decks, treehouses, playhouses, and fences, for stinging insect nests.
  • Remove things from your yard where stinging can nest, such as dead trees, tree stumps, brush piles, excess woodpiles, and old fencing.

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