Pests can cause all kinds of inconveniences. From contaminating food to simply pestering homeowners and their families, they are rarely pleasant houseguests. A stinging insect can be one of the worst amongst them and can be legitimately dangerous. Here, we’re going to look at three common types, their behavior, and what you can do about them.
There are many insects that sting, but not all are classified as stinging pests. Let’s take a look at three of the most common and bothersome varieties of the Puget Sound. Some of the traits shared in common is they will actively seek to sting you if they find you near their territory. They are all primarily found in the warmer months of the year and they make paper nests which can often be found in eaves, bushes, crawl spaces, and attics.
Types of stinging pests
- Yellow jackets: These insects are bright yellow, as the name suggests, with alternative black segments down the length of their bodies. Which can range between 10mm and 16mm in length. There are also white and black variations, and are distinguishable from bees thanks to a leaner, longer shape. They eat flies, grubs, and other pests, but also scavenge around trash for meat, fish, and sweets. They’re capable of stinging multiple times with their small barbed stingers. That cause painful stings can cause allergic reactions.
- Bald faced hornet: A distant relative of the yellow jacket. These insects look similar but range from 15mm to over 20mm and have black bodies with white faces. They are particularly common in gardens with shaded areas. Bald faced hornets can be extremely dangerous. Their smooth stingers allow them to sting multiple times and they can attack in large numbers by communicating with one another. With their numbers and size. They can inject a large amounts of venom. This can cause allergic reactions and cause painful swelling.
- Polistes wasps: Also known as paper wasps, there are a few common species of this kind of pest. They have similar markings to yellow jackets, but are a little longer. They prefer sheltered areas in eaves of homes and while their stings might not be as painful as hornets or yellow jackets, they can sting repeatedly and cause an allergic reaction.
Pollinators like bumblebees and honeybees do sting. However, they only sting when they are agitated or threatened. These insects play a crucial role in ensuring the biodiversity of our local environments, so avoid killing them where possible.
What to do about stinging pests
Preventing the building of a nest on your home is the most effective way to stop a stinging pest infestation. This means ensuring your home has no air leaks that they can infiltrate, and keeping the garden clean, with all bushes and trees maintained so they don’t have a shaded area to make their home.
However, if you spot stinging pests or any signs of them in your home, it’s best to act quickly and call AB Pest Control. With a thorough home inspection, we can formulate a comprehensive control plan that can ensure they don’t keep breeding, spreading, and stinging in your home.