Stinging insects
Stinging Insects
  • Insects such as bees, wasps, and fire ants use a stinger to defend themselves when they feel threatened. They may be beneficial or unwanted depending on where they are found. Some bees, paper wasps, and hornets may build nests in attics, walls, under eaves, and in tree branches.
  • Other insects such as velvet ants, yellowjackets, and some bees build their nests in the ground. Many of these insects feed on nectar or other sweet-smelling foods such as fallen fruit and soft drinks. Others may also eat meat, other insects, or oils. Social insects such as honeybees, hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps can build colonies containing thousands of workers. Solitary insects such as mud daubers and velvet ants may live alone or in small groups.
Control tips:
  • Deter stinging insects by limiting food and water sources. Tightly seal garbage bins, get rid of soft drink cans and food containers, keep pet food covered or indoors, and dispose of fallen fruit.
  • Properly seal doors, windows, and cracks in your foundation, vents, and walls.
  • Reduce debris in and around the yard to limit shelter for pests.
  • Consider not planting flowering trees, shrubs, and flowers close to entrances of buildings and homes. They may attract stinging insects to the area.
  • Consult a professional for nest removal.