Stinging insects such as various types of wasps, yellowjackets, hornets and bees, are common pests and their stings can be more than just a painful nuisance. The National Pest Management Association reports that stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. Those with allergies to stings are most at risk, although anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting at once.

Some stinging insects pose more serious threats than others. To determine the risk to your family, you will need to identify the type of insect, especially wasps and yellowjackets. The trained pest professionals at Bug Away will be able to properly identify a pest species and its threats.

Bumble bees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate flowers. However, they can sting. If a nest is located in or near a structure, then control is necessary. Carpenter bees are a serious property threat, and can cause structural damage over time if they are not eliminated. Honeybees are not aggressive and do not search for something to attack. Instead, they are defensive and will attack only whatever seems to threaten the colony. Mud (or dirt) daubers are considered beneficial insects because they control spiders. However, if their nest is located near human

activity, control is needed. If a wasp nest is touched, there is a high probability you will get stung, although paper wasps are typically not an aggressive type of wasp. Yellowjackets are slow to sting, unless their nests are threatened.

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