What are stinging insects?
Stinging insects are unique pests that are both helpful and harmful at the same time. Out in nature, away from people and our structures, they are vital, playing many different roles in the environment, such as pollinators and predators, helping to control nuisance insect populations.
There are a wide number of different species of stinging insects found in the Los Angeles area. Stinging insects have a venom-filled stinger extending from their hind ends. Some of the most common species that cause problems in our yards or homes are the honey bee, African killer bee, and wasp.
Are stinging insects dangerous?
Despite their benefits, stinging insects are quite dangerous and should never be a permanent member of your indoor or outdoor space. The venom that stinging insects possess is strong enough to cause a significant reaction in people. People that are severely allergic to stinging insects could experience life-threatening symptoms.
Stings generally occur after walking too close to a nesting spot, grabbing an object a stinging insect is hiding under, or if the stinging insect feels threatened. Having these pests flying around your yard is stressful and can turn your yard from a sanctuary into a nightmare.
Stinging insects can also be destructive. Take, for instance, the honey bee. If they nest inside a wall void once they abandoned the nest, the decaying nest and honey will attract other pests and cause mold issues.
Why do I have a stinging insect problem?
The truth is that stinging insects can become a problem on any of our properties. They are typically outdoor pests and view outdoor spaces, including our yards, as potential feeding and nesting grounds. Any space that provides access to food (pollen, plant nectar proteins, and sweets), water, and appropriate shelter is a potential home for stinging insects.
Where will I find stinging insects?
Knowing where our area’s most common stinging insects prefer to nest is important so you can regularly inspect those areas. Identifying a stinging insect problem sooner rather than later is always important to the health and safety of your family.
Some stinging insects favorite outdoor nesting spots include:
- Tree cavities
- Shrubs and bushes
- Tree branches
- Rock or woodpiles
- Roof eaves or decks
- Attics and wall voids
Stinging insects move indoors through gaps they discover in siding, around windows or doors, or the roofline. Once inside, they nest in spaces behind walls or above ceilings.
How do I get rid of stinging insects?
The presence of stinging insects in your yard makes it difficult to enjoy it to its fullest potential. Eliminating stinging insects from your yard is best done with the assistance of a professional. Don’t put yourself or your family in danger by trying to get rid of these pests on your own.
To remove stinging insects from your Los Angeles property, take the important step of contacting us at A Step Above Pest Control. We are committed to our customers and providing them with quality home pest control and commercial pest control in Los Angeles. One of our professionals will find, identify, and appropriately remove or relocate the nests and stinging insects from your property, turning it back into a safe space you and your family can enjoy again. Call us today to ask about our effective stinging insect control services.
How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?
Avoid experiencing a stinging insect infestation in your Los Angeles area yard or home with the following prevention tips.
- Don’t plant excessive amounts of flowering plants on your property, especially near your home’s entrances.
- Cut tree branches away from your roofline.
- Maintain shrubs and bushes to prevent them from overgrowing and hiding stinging insect nests.
- Place caps on chimneys to keep stinging insects from nesting inside.
- Keep lids on trash cans to stop stinging insects from foraging for proteins and sweets in them.
- Always keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris and leftover drinks.
- Remove standing water from your property.
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