Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

You can identify a stinging insect by the stinger extending from their abdomen. Stinging insects are either social or solitary. Social stinging insects living in Connecticut include bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and mud daubers. Social stinging insects live and work together in numbers and build large nests.

The carpenter bee is an example of a solitary stinging insect living in Connecticut. Solitary stinging insects have females that create individual nests to lay their eggs. Though solitary, several females may pick the same area to nest.

a hanging wasps nest


Are stinging insects dangerous?

Though beneficial because of their ability to pollinate and feed on dangerous and nuisance insects, stinging insects become a significant danger to us once they decide to nest in our yards or homes.

The venom that stinging insects use to defend themselves is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions in those sensitive to the toxin. Allergic reactions can be mild or severe and require medical attention.

Stinging insects naturally want to defend themselves and nest from danger; in some cases, something as simple as walking too close to their nest could elicit an attack. A stinging insect nest built in a high traffic area of your yard will make it difficult for you and your family to enjoy your outdoor space.

Carpenter bees are dangerous mainly because they can cause structural damage. Females tunnel through and create nests within the wood in our yards and homes. They can damage wooden decks, fences, outdoor furniture, playsets, trim, and shingles.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Your problem with stinging insects began when they discovered your property offers suitable nesting spots with easy access to food sources. Some places stinging insects like to forage for food in yards include trash cans, recycling bins, outdoor eating areas, gardens, flowering vegetation, and flowering trees. Stinging insects are opportunistic, and once they are comfortable in an area, they will return year after year.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Depending on the species, stinging insects nest in various areas above the ground, on the ground, or in the ground. Some favorite nesting spots include:

  • Under shrubs and bushes
  • Inside ground holes or the abandoned nests of small animals
  • Under roof eaves or doorways
  • Under decks
  • In tree hollows or on tree branches
  • On utility poles or chimneys
  • On wooden fences, play structures, or trim
  • Behind window shutters or shingles
  • In wall voids or attics
  • Inside garages, sheds, and other outbuildings

Stinging insect populations tend to be highest in the summer and early fall when the weather is its warmest, and there are plenty of food sources available.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

When it comes to ridding your Connecticut property of stinging insects partnering with a professional is always the best idea. Our professionals accurately identify the species, safely remove the nest, and suggest changes to prevent future problems with stinging insects.

At Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control, we understand how dangerous problems with stinging insects can be and provide fast action. With over 30 years of experience, we know how to help protect Connecticut properties from stinging insects. We design our New Haven pest control services to meet our customer’s unique pests control needs. Contact us today to learn more about our stinging insect control solutions.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Prevent problems with stinging insects and other pests with the following prevention tips and the comprehensive pest control services at Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control:

  • When eating outside, keep all food not being eaten covered. After you finish eating, make sure to clean up all leftover food quickly.
  • Place lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep stinging insects from foraging for food in them.
  • Cut back tree branches, shrubbery, and bushes from your exterior walls and roofline. The farther away stinging insect nests are from your home, the better.
  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted close to your home.
  • Place woodpiles away from the outside of your home.
  • Repair holes and openings in the roofline, exterior walls, and foundation to stop stinging insects from moving inside to build a nest.
  • Stain, paint, varnish, or otherwise treat wood used to build structures on your property. Carpenter bees prefer to nest in unfinished wood.

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