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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Many different types of pests have the 'stinging insect' classification, but there are several that are most relevant to residential properties in the San Mateo area:

  • Wasps
  • Bees
  • Hornets
  • Paper wasps
  • Carpenter bees

Their appearance varies depending on the specific species. Some species are social, while others, like carpenter bees, are solitary, which means they either live in a colony or on their own.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

While honey bees can only sting once because of their barbed stingers, other stinging insects can sting multiple times. Some stinging insects are more dangerous than others because of their aggressiveness, but for those who are allergic to these pests' venom, it only takes one sting for there to be trouble.

In general, social species are more aggressive because they have a colony to protect, plus they can swarm with multiple insects stinging at once. It is always best to avoid these pests as they will attack if threatened.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are attracted to San Mateo properties that provide food and water. Because these pests are pollinators, they look for plant nectar and honeydew, a sweet residue created by aphids. They also look for water, which they can get from ponds, puddles, pools, birdbaths, and more. 

Where will I find stinging insects?

Like all other pests, stinging insects look for a protected place to create their nest. Carpenter bees specifically look for weathered wood, making a nest by chewing a hole in it. Weathered wood on residential properties can include fences, decks, doors, and furniture.

Other social species build their nests under eaves, inside walls, logs, stumps, under decks, and other similar areas. They can also nest in underground cavities and under rocks.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

We mentioned earlier that it is best to keep your distance from these pests, especially when it comes to trying to remove them. Stinging insects will see your removal attempt as an attack, so they will likely respond aggressively. To avoid this, contact our team of experts at Pacific Pest Management. Our service professionals have the training needed to handle pests like stinging insects and implement effective treatments safely.

Give us a call and ask about our wasp control services and the other ways we can help with stinging insects! 

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Make your yard less attractive to stinging insects by:

  • Reducing flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables.
  • Removing birdbaths and other water sources.
  • Sealing any cracks or crevices in the exterior of your home and any outbuildings.
  • Keeping up with regular yard maintenance, including filling in ground holes.
  • Replacing any weathered or water-damaged wood.

Learn more about how you can protect your family from stinging insects by reaching out to us at Pacific Pest Management. With home pest control and commercial pest management solutions, you can guarantee we have just the right treatment plan for you!

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