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Homeowners in Cleveland need to learn more about stinging insects because they’re dangerous. These pests fit into the Hymenoptera group which also includes ants. Although stinging insects create concerns for homeowners, they’re not as dangerous as you might believe. In fact, they’re helpful to the environment because they’re great pollinators. It is pertinent to make sure that they’re not posing a risk to humans or pets. As long as they’re not causing problems, you should leave them alone. However, they’ll become a problem when they decide to build a nest on your property.

In our service area, it is common for our clients to encounter paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, honeybees, and yellowjackets. More about these stinging insects will be provided below.

Which One?

First and foremost, you need to identify the stinging insect you’re facing. To do that, you have to look at the insect and its nest. Use this information to find out which species is on your property.

Paper Wasps

First and foremost, you have paper wasps. These moderately aggressive stinging insects generally won’t cause problems unless you get close to their nest. Never try to reach their nest because you will get stung.

Nest

A paper wasp’s nest is going to be round and gray. They’re smaller than most stinging insect nests and can be found on eaves and overhangs.

Appearance

You may encounter several species of paper wasps. As a result, the appearance depends on the species in question. European paper wasps are common in our area. They have black and yellow stripes. As for Northern Paper wasps, these stinging insects are brown with a few orange spots.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are very aggressive. If the nest seems large, stay away from it. These pests can sting several times so you cannot take the risk.

Nest

Yellowjackets build large nests and live with thousands of other stinging insects. Their nests are wrapped by a black or gray material that is similar to paper. Some of these pests will build underground nests that are harder to pinpoint until it is too late.

Appearance

Yellowjackets have yellow and black stripes on their bodies. Their legs are tucked against their bodies when flying.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are aggressive. As the colony gets larger in late summer, the stinging insect becomes more aggressive. Stay away from their nest or you may get stung.

Nest

Bald-faced hornets build large nests that look like teardrops. They build their nests on the sides of buildings and in tall grass.

Appearance

Bald-faced hornets are easy to identify because they have unique appearances. Their bodies are smooth, black, and white.

Honeybees

Honeybees are generally not aggressive. In fact, you can get close to their nest without getting stung. Some are bred to ensure that they’re not going to attack humans.

Nest

Honeybees build extensive nests that are made of wax. They can be placed on many surfaces including wall cavities and rock crevices. They have a honeycomb pattern. One unique thing about this stinging insect is that it is going to use the same nest for multiple years. To achieve this feat, it will need to store food to ensure it has enough food for the cold winter months.

Appearance

These stinging insects have fuzzy bodies that are orange or yellow.

Carpenter Bees

Although they look fearsome, carpenter bees aren’t aggressive. You can likely approach a carpenter bee nest without being stung.

Nest

Carpenter bees do not build conventional nests. Instead, they bore holes in wood surfaces, including siding and decks. Once they’ve done that, they’ll use the hole to care for baby carpenter bees.

Appearance

Carpenter bees are frequently compared to bumblebees because both are similar. These pests have fuzzy thoraxes that are black and yellow. Its abdomen is hairless. Male carpenter bees are easy to spot since they have a small yellow spot near their face.

Dangers

It is hard to ignore the risks associated with stinging insects. The problem is that these insects sting. As a result, you’ll worry about them. When you find them on your property, you’re going to be greatly concerned for yourself and your loved ones. However, they might not be as dangerous as you might believe. Male stinging insects aren’t dangerous. They do not have the ability to sting. Instead, you have to worry about the female members. You’ll need to judge the nest before approaching. If the nest is larger than normal, the stinging insect is going to be more aggressive.

If the stinging insect nest is small, the insects will be less aggressive. Unfortunately, it is hard to spot ground nests until it is too late. Yellowjackets pose a serious risk since they can sting humans several times.

Reasons For Stinging Insects

Stinging insects may invade your property for multiple reasons. However, the most common is the fact that they’re searching for places to build nests.

Getting Rid Of Stinging Insects

You’ll want to eliminate the stinging insect infestation as quickly as possible, but you have to be careful. You can find DIY sprays that are designed to eliminate these pests. The only problem is that you’re going to make yourself a target. Once you’ve sprayed the nest, the stinging insects are going to come after you. If you’re not careful, you’ll get stung multiple times. If you have to fix the problem without professional assistance, treat the nest at night. Doing so is much safer because the insects will be less active. Nevertheless, there is a good chance that you’re going to get stung.

To eliminate the infestation without being stung, contact us. Let our exterminators eliminate the infestation for you.

Our Treatments Are Safe

We understand how much you want to remove the stinging insects from your property. We’re eager to help. Our company offers safe solutions because we only use EPA-registered products. In addition to this, we’ve trained our technicians thoroughly. They know how to remedy this problem without posing risks to humans or pets. Protect the ones you love by calling us.

Cost Of Stinging Insect Exterminations

Before we can determine the cost of our services, we’ll need to examine the situation. When attempting to set a price, we’ll need to consider the type of stinging insect you’re dealing with and the size of your property. Furthermore, we’ll check the size and location of the nest. You’ll receive a bid price before the procedure begins.

We Can Begin Soon

Contact our office to schedule an appointment soon. Our office will make sure that someone contacts you in 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Stinging Insects

Can you stop stinging insects from invading your property? You can take steps to keep them away, but you might not be able to stop them all. For instance, you can stain the wood around your property. Doing so will help. You’ll also want to take advantage of our home service program. With this service, we’ll visit your home three times and treat it for pests when necessary. You’ll pay an annual fee and nothing else.

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