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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

How much do you know about stinging insects in Nashville? Most people only know that they sting and can build large nests in some of the most inconvenient places. 

Several species may come to mind when you think about stinging insects near your home, including carpenter bees, mud daubers, paper wasps, and yellow jackets. Technically, yellow jackets and mud daubers are wasps but identified independently because of their differences in temperament and behavior.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Although some people can experience a severe reaction to a single sting from one of these pests, they are generally not dangerous to people if you leave them alone. Disturbing a stinging insect nest could cause them to attack and sting many times.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

There are various reasons why you might have a stinging insect problem. For instance, carpenter bees gravitate to certain types of wood. As for mud daubers, paper wasps, and yellow jackets, nesting sites can also be an attractive factor, but prey pests could also entice them.

Where will I find stinging insects?

There are two distinguished types of stinging insects; solitary and social. Solitary species like carpenter bees and mud daubers live alone and not in colonies, while paper wasps and yellow jackets are social.

To build their nests:

  • Carpenter bees will bore holes into soft, weathered woods like fence posts and decks.
  • Mud daubers use mud to make small tubes in areas that provide protection, such as eaves.
  • Paper wasps make their nests by chewing wood fibers into a paste and usually construct their nests in places such as eaves, trees, and overhangs.
  • Yellow jackets create similar nests to paper wasps but usually do so in underground cavities such as abandoned burrows.

You may be able to identify what species you are dealing with depending on where you see them building a nest.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

The best way to get rid of stinging insects in Nashville is by working with our team at Five-O Pest Control. Our top priority is our customers' safety and satisfaction, which is why all of our initial services are only $50.

We believe pest control should be available to everyone that needs it, and affordability is a part of that. So call us at Five-O Pest Control, and we will help you make informed decisions about what treatments suit your home.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To keep stinging insects away from your yard, home, and family, we recommend looking at the many different factors that can attract these pests in the first place. Maintain your yard so it remains a clutter-free space, and remove potential nesting sites like dead trees and old outbuildings that are no longer in use. You should also ensure your garbage can remains closed to prevent yellow jackets from building a nest inside.

Another thing that can help keep stinging insects away is addressing other pest problems around the exterior of your home to eliminate potential food sources.

Contact Five-O Pest Control to learn about our residential or commercial exterminator services and how we can help you with stinging insects.

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