Stinging insects have stingers located at the end of their abdomens that they use to defend themselves. Their stingers make them pests that we always want to avoid having contact with. Common species of stinging insects that live throughout Central New York include honey bees, carpenter bees, bumblebees, yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps.
When living outside and away from people, stinging insects is eco-important, as they help to pollinate crops, plants, and trees. Those that are predators help to control populations of nuisance insects. As beneficial and helpful stinging insects are, when they invade our properties they have the potential to become unwelcome and harmful pests.
Stinging insects that decide to nest on our property are dangerous pests. Most species of stinging insects have the potential to be aggressive and territorial, especially around their nest. Even those species like the carpenter bee that aren’t particularly territorial pose threats to us.
Any species of stinging insect has the potential to deliver a painful, venom-filled sting when threatened. Stings delivered by stinging insects leave behind raised red welts that may last for hours or days. Stinging insects also have venom that is potent enough to trigger allergic reactions. Those severely allergic to their venom, or in the case of a group attack, anaphylaxis can occur which requires immediate medical attention.
Sheltered nesting areas that are located near food and water sources are what attract stinging insects to a property. Stinging insects feed on a variety of things including sweets, proteins, nectar, and other insects.
Stinging insects forage for food and water in the following areas:
Stinging insects build their nests in a variety of places depending on their exact species:
Get rid of stinging insects from your Central New York property with the help of a local, experienced professional. At Sweeney’s Pest Elimination, we have been protecting people and properties from our area’s most common pests for over 20 years.
If you are experiencing problems with stinging insects, our professionals will take care of the problem and put into place the services needed to stop them from returning. To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control solutions and to eliminate stinging insects from your Ithaca property, contact us at Sweeney’s Pest Elimination today!
In addition to our professional stinging insect control services, avoid future problems with stinging insects by putting into place the following prevention tips: