Why Yellow Jackets Are Still Stinging in Virginia
There are many species of stinging insects that range from the beneficial Honeybee and parasitic wasp, to the invasive European paper wasp. Some of the primary species found by American Pest are:
Without the trained eye of an American Pest professional, it may be difficult to identify which species of bee, wasp, or hornet you are dealing with. Once the stinging insect is properly identified, an appropriate treatment solution can be customized depending upon the nest location, species, and other environmental or structural concerns.
There are many diverse reasons for having stinging insects on your property. Each year in the spring (as early as March to May) the queens will emerge from overwintering and begin to search for new nesting locations. As adults, many stinging insects feed on nectar and are also attracted to water sources such as ornamental ponds and swimming pools during summer months. Feeding varies from species to species but may include other insects, nectar, and pollen.
While most of the time these insects are considered more of a nuisance than a danger, some species do pack a powerful sting that (depending on the individual’s allergic reaction to it and the placement of the sting) could be considered a health threat. While it is thought that at least 100 Americans die each year from insect stings, many of the fatalities only occur in patients known to have a previous allergic reaction. If you've been stung, please review our first aid tips for stings.
Getting rid of stinging insects can be a dangerous task and one best left to the professionals. American Pest’s team of highly trained pest control professionals know just what to do in such cases.
Although there are Do-It-Yourself methods and products available to remove stinging insects it should be noted that without proper treatment, yellow jackets, paper wasps and other species will rebuild if the entire nest is not eradicated.
At American Pest, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service and make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
All products used by American Pest are EPA registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured that pest control services provided by American Pest will not cause any harm to humans or pets.
Preventing stinging insects from invading your property can be a very difficult task due to the foraging nature of the pest and the conditions under which they live and breed. Should your property become infested by stinging insects, your first call should be to American Pest. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all of our customers by providing the safest and most effective treatment for the management of pests which pose a threat to human health, property, and food supply.
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