It’s that time of year - the temperatures are rising, the rain is inevitable, and the buzzing is all around. The end of summer and the beginning of fall are the most active times for those buzzing pests as they are gathering enough food for their queen to survive the winter months. Did you know that not all who buzz also sting? Keep reading to find out which insects are more likely to sting.
Killer bees live in small colonies and can nest almost anywhere. They can only sting once but attack in greater numbers and are known to chase people once they become excited and aggressive.
The bumble bee is a very beneficial insect as it pollinates crops and plants, however it is known to aggressively protect its nest and sting more than once. Nests tend to be built in the ground and around patios, decks, and attic soffits.
Carpenter bees gained their name from their tendency to bore into wood. They are solitary but territorial insects. Male carpenter bees do not have a stinger but are known to hover aggressively in the face of intruders. Female carpenter bees do have stingers but rarely use them.
Honey bees are known to build their nests in tree crevices but occasionally will build them in attics and chimneys. While the honey bee can only sting once, the sting can be extra painful if the stinger is not immediately removed.
Bald-faced hornets build enclosed nests but find their way inside of homes through cracks and seal openings. They are aggressive and known to attack when their space is invaded. They can sting more than once.
European Hornets build their nests in hollowed trees, barns, outbuildings, walls, attics, and abandoned beehives. They may aggressively defend their nest and they can sting more than once.
Mud Daubers are considered nuisance pests as they are unlikely to sting, but they do help to control spiders. They do not defend their nests and nests that have holes in them are considered inactive or old.
Paper Wasps live in small colonies and are non-aggressive by nature. However, they will sting if they feel their nest has been disturbed or threatened.
Velvet Ants (Cow Killers Ant)
These ants dig into the nests of ground-nesting bees and wasps to lay their eggs. The females have a potent sting while the males lack a stinger but have wings instead.
Yellowjackets build their nests in the ground. They are territorial and likely to sting (and sting repeatedly) if they feel threatened.
Remember that all stings can cause allergic reactions. Rather than approaching an infestation, call Safety First Pest Control at (251) 990-0047 to get the nest taken care of. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been servicing Mobile and Baldwin Counties since 1999! It’s our goal to provide you excellent service.
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