Can you remember the last time you were stung? For most people, it only takes one bad encounter with a stinging insect for them to avoid them for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to prevent yourself from ever getting stung. There will always be occasions where you bug the wrong bug, or step into the wrong hole. This does not mean, however, that you cannot combat stinging insects around your yard. To help you do this, here is our practical guide to wasp prevention.
Common Stinging Insects In Texas
How many species of stinging insects can you name that you have seen around Texas? You probably can list the basics such as honey bees, yellow jackets, and wasps. What you might not get are unique species like carpenter bees, Africanized honey bees, and paper wasps.
Some stinging insects are social like honeybees and carpenter bees, others are solitary like paper wasps and yellow jackets. Some stinging insects build their nests up high in trees or along the rooflines of homes, others construct their homes beneath the ground or inside holes dug by other creatures. One of the only things all stinging insects have in common is their ability to cause pain with the venom stored in their stingers.
Are Stinging Insects Beneficial?
Stinging insects are extremely beneficial to the environment. Specifically, they pollinate plants as they feed. Without this pollination, many plants would die. Some species of stinging insects such as yellow jackets and paper wasps also help in keeping down certain insect populations. Despite these benefits, however, the harm they cause to people when they build nests on properties often outweighs the good they do. Plenty of stinging insects exist out in the wild, there is no need for them to share your property with you as well.
The Problems Stinging Insects Cause
If you have ever been stung by a stinging insect, we don’t have to tell you how painful this is. Some stings can be deadly for people who are allergic. If you have never been stung and do not know if you are allergic, it is recommended you get tested by a doctor to find out for certain.
One type of stinging insect is more than just dangerous. We are talking about carpenter bees. These solitary pests are known to burrow into the wood of homes or outbuildings to build individual nests. This behavior can damage buildings and encourage other wood-destroying pests like carpenter ants and termites to come for a bite.
Ways To Make Your Property Less Attractive To Stingers
Stingers are attracted to properties by a few different factors such as food and shelter. To reduce these factors, here are some prevention tips our experts recommend.
- Clean up food and drink messes after hosting outdoor gatherings.
- Pick up fruit dropped from trees around your yard.
- When eating outdoors, keep food dishes covered as much as possible and beverages in sealable containers. The last thing you need is to put your lip on a wasp on a can of soda.
- If you don’t mind living without flowers, have them removed from your property.
- Make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
How To Safely Remove Stingers From Your Yard
Stinging insects are not easy to get rid of and can be dangerous if dealt with improperly. To safely remove unwanted stingers from your yard, let the professionals here at Innovative Pest Control help. Our team of pest technicians have been trained on how to safely and effectively eliminate all stinging pests and would be happy to use their skills to help you out.
Give us a call today to schedule a service visit for your yard.