Stinging and biting insects pose a much bigger problem than just being household pests. Because they have the potential to break skin, these critters can introduce a whole host of problems to people and pets – including increasing the chances of infection at the site of the sting, never mind the pain that comes from the sting itself. By ridding yourself of these critters, you’ll live more comfortably. But not all stinging insects are easy to get rid of.
Are you having stinging insect problems? Call Critter Control today at (574) 825-1079 in South Bend and Elkhart,
or (260) 632-5106 in the Fort Wayne area and our trained staff will be there to help.
What are Stinging Insects?
Stinging insects aren’t just one type of bug – multiple different species have the capability to sting people. Wasps, hornets and bees are some of the most obvious examples of insects that sting. Other examples – though not insects in the true sense of the word – and are arachnids, closer to spiders – are scorpions. These creatures sting out of self-defense when they feel threatened by people or pets.
Occasionally, stinging and biting insects get lumped in the same category of pests, as both break the skin. Biting insects like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs don’t bite out of self-defense, but because they think your blood is their next tasty meal. While biting insects are just as ubiquitous and pose some of the same problems as stinging insects, handling an infestation requires different control tactics.
Where Do Stinging Insects Live?
Stinging insects have a broad geographical range. Because there are so many species and because they play such a vital role in the ecosystem as pollinators, it’s possible to find bees, wasps, hornets and their relatives on every continent of the world except for Antarctica. You’ll find them in any climate or habitat where there’s a food source – flowers, paper, or other, smaller insects. Scorpions are similar in range across the map, but usually stick to arid or semi-arid desert regions, hot or cold.
What Problems do Stinging Insects Cause?
Each individual pest comes with its own set of problems. Masonry bees, for example, drill holes into bricks. Carpenter bees, similarly, cause havoc to untreated wood structures like decks or porches. Most examples of those two you’ll see won’t sting, however – the males are more visible, doing the lion’s share of the work and only the females possess stingers. Even then they are hesitant to sting unless they feel they or their nests are in immediate danger.
The bigger problem than property damage is the potential for pain. Stinging insects can target unsuspecting humans or animals they feel are threats. And if their colonies are inconveniently located under your eaves, on your porch or near your entryway, you may be a constant threat in their minds.
Stings themselves range in intensity from mild, sharp and stinging to off the scale painful, depending on the insect doing the stinging. Venom causes a continued reaction. For individuals who are allergic to the venom of stinging insects, the reaction can be life-threatening or even deadly within a matter of minutes.
People who are young, elderly or immunocompromised may find that they sustain more damage from stinging insects. Because the skin is broken, anyone stung is also at risk for a secondary bacterial infection if improperly treated.
Identifying a Stinging Insect Problem
It’s not always easy to identify a stinging insect infestation. Visible nests, having sustained a sting or large numbers of pests are an indicator, but not always a sign that the stinging insects have taken up residence on your property (as opposed to somewhere nearby).
Identifying which stinging insect is the root of your problems is a good first step, and because of the high variability, it can help to have an expert take a look at your situation to see what, exactly, you’re dealing with. From there, you can form a plan to remove, relocate and manage the problem.
How to Deal with Stinging Insects
Stinging insects, while a nuisance, are vital to the ecological balance of this world. As such, removal must be done humanely and with care – even with aggressive hornets or wasps. Simply destroying their nest or colony isn’t an answer – not only will you disrupt the balance of your local ecosystem, but you may have a bunch of very angry stinging insects to deal with that have nowhere to go. Some species, too, are protected, meaning you could face hefty fines for trying a DIY approach to pest control.
A professional can help you trap and relocate colonies of stinging insects and help identify ways of making your property or home less hospitable so they don’t return. If you like the benefits they bring, you may be able to identify a more appropriate spot on your property away from people, pets and livestock to set up a spot for them to colonize and inhabit.
How We Can Help
The wildlife experts at Critter Control are equipped to identify the stinging insect that’s causing you woe, help formulate and execute a plan for humane and safe removal and work with you to find a way to ensure the problem doesn’t recur. Give us a call today at (574) 825-1079 before your stinging insect problem becomes any greater.