Stinging Insects

Bees, Wasps, and Other Pollinating Powerhouses

You’re not alone if you’ve ever gasped and run away when you spot a bee or wasp near you! Most people feel a sense of dread when they sense a stinging insect is near. And while these pests can be dangerous, especially to people with allergies, they play a vital role in our ecosystem. It’s essential to reach out to professionals if you think you have a severe stinging insect problem so they can safely remove the pests without causing environmental harm.

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Stinging Insect FAQs

What insects can sting humans?

Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are the main stinging insects. These insects sting as a defense mechanism when they feel threatened or to protect their nests/colonies.

How do stinging insects inject venom?

Most stinging insects have a stinger (modified ovipositor) at the end of their abdomen that injects venom when they sting. The venom helps subdue prey and deter predators.

What does an insect sting feel like?

Insect stings typically cause immediate, intense burning and pain at the sting site. Over the next few hours, the area becomes red, swollen, and itchy. Allergic reactions can cause more severe responses, like anaphylaxis.

Are some insect stings more dangerous than others?

Yes, some stinging insects, such as honeybees, hornets, and fire ants, are considered more medically significant due to their potent venom and tendency to sting in swarms, delivering multiple stings.

Are all bees important as pollinators?

All bees pollinate to some extent, but honeybees and bumblebees are more vital to our environment.

What attracts stinging insects?

Stinging insects are often attracted to food sources like crumbs, spills, and sweet drinks. Nests and colonies may also form near human structures.

How can you avoid being stung?

Avoid disturbing insect nests, remain calm around stinging insects, wear protective clothing, use insect repellents, and eliminate sources that attract them.

Do any bees or wasps cause damage to the home?

Yes! Carpenter bees can cause substantial damage to wooden structures by boring holes in them when it’s time to lay eggs.

How do you get rid of stinging insect nests?

For social insects like wasps and bees, it’s best to hire a professional exterminator to safely remove nests and colonies. Do not attempt removal yourself.