Stinging Insect Identification

What are stinging insects?

There are many different species of insects that thrive in the tropical weather that Florida provides. Stinging insects are some of the many insects abundant in Florida. Stinging insects have stingers extending from the abdomen they use to inject venom into the prey they hunt or as a means of defense. Most stinging insects have a stinger strong enough to pierce a person’s skin and deliver painful stings.

Stinging insects perform many helpful tasks, including pollinating plants and crops and controlling populations of nuisance insects. Despite being helpful, having a stinging insect nest in your yard is less than ideal. Having to tiptoe around your yard to avoid being stung is never fun.

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Stinging insects that invade properties across Florida include:

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects don’t mean to be such a significant threat to us, but they are. It is in their nature to defend themselves and colony from anything they view as a threat. Unfortunately, when stinging insects are in our yards, they often view us and our pets as threats.

Stings from stinging insects are not only extremely painful but, if allergic to their venom, potentially life-threatening. Their venom can cause localized swelling at the sting site or lead to more severe medical complications, including anaphylaxis. Avoiding stinging insects and their nests is always best whether in your yard or while spending time in any other outdoor space.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects, though beneficial to the environment, are problematic when they decide to nest on our property. The physical and health threat they pose makes them unwelcome. Stinging insects will build a nest anywhere that provides them with shelter, protection from predators, and easy access to food and water, whether that be deep in the woods or in a shrub in your front yard!

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects live and spend time in areas where there is a lot of food. Many stinging insect colonies are large, and feeding all their members is a major task. Some stinging insects feed on plant nectar and pollen, so things like flowerbeds, gardens, and flowering trees attract them. Other stinging insects are predators and feed on insects and many of the same foods we eat; therefore, areas around trash cans, recycling bins, and anywhere outside where there is food are places you will find them.

If stinging insects are swarming around your yard, there could be a nest close by. Below are some places to look for wasp, bee, and hornet nests.

  • Behind window shutters and siding
  • On utility poles or trees
  • In shrubs or bushes
  • Inside ground holes created by small animals
  • At the edge of sidewalks or walkways
  • In doorways, under roof eaves, or under decks

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

To safely eliminate a stinging insect nest from your property, reach out to the experts at Empire Pest Defense. We will protect your home and family from stinging insects and other pests through detailed inspections, effective treatments, and on-going services.

Empire Pest Defense is a local company with a deep commitment to our community and to providing our customers with top-notch services. All of our technicians are licensed, insured, and dedicated to helping West Palm Beach home, and business owners sustain pest-free properties. Contact us today and learn more about our stinging insect control services!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Reduce stinging insect numbers on your Florida property with the help of the professionals at Empire Pest Defense, our effective pest control solutions, and our practical prevention tips:

  • Get rid of water sources like clogged gutters, bird baths, and leaky hoses or fixtures that attract stinging insects and other pests.
  • Repair openings that develop in the exterior walls or foundation of your Florida home.
  • Limit the number of flowering plants on your property, particularly very near your house.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and compost bins to stop stinging insects from foraging for food in them.
  • After eating outside, quickly put away any leftover food.
  • Fill in any ground holes you discover in your yards.
  • Remove woodpiles, rock piles, brush, fallen trees, and tree stumps from your property.

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