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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are well-known for being a vital part of the ecosystem. Wasps and hornets are predatory insects that feed on other insects, helping to control their populations. Bees are essential pollinators that pollinate the trees, plants, and crops we rely on. 

Bees, hornets, and wasps are the most common stinging insects to find their way to our Boston, Massachusetts, properties. While we understand the importance of these insects, we must also have balance. Stinging insects belong out in nature, not in our yards. When these pests swarm our yards, they become dangerous, unwanted pests. To help you prevent problems with stinging insects in Boston, partner with us at General Environmental Services.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Sharing your yard with flying insects that sting is problematic for several reasons. Stinging insects defend themselves and their nesting sites by stinging. They inject venom with each sting, which can trigger allergic reactions ranging from mild swelling around the sting site to a full-body response. Experiencing symptoms like swelling in your tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, or full-body hives after being stung is an immediate cause for concern and requires immediate medical attention. 

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects become a problem on our properties because our outdoor spaces provide everything these opportunistic insects need to survive and thrive. The three main attractants to our properties include:

  • Food: Gardens, flower beds, trash cans, outdoor eating areas
  • Shelter: Trees, landscaping, ground holes, yard debris, the exterior of our homes
  • Water: Leaky pipes, dripping hoses or air conditioners, clogged gutters

Our yards offer stinging insects like wasps and hornets easy access to their basic needs. Avoiding problems with these outdoor pests is frustrating and best accomplished through regular home pest control services.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects build their nests in areas that shelter them from predators and harsh weather while offering easy access to food and water. Some of their favorite nesting sites in Boston backyards include tree branches, tree hollows, ground holes, wood piles, and outdoor furniture.

Our houses also provide insects that sting with sheltered nesting sites. We regularly find their nests under roof eaves, decks, and railings, and behind shutters, siding, and trim. While stinging insects prefer to nest outside, they sometimes build nests in our homes, taking advantage of attics, chimneys, and wall voids.

Stinging insects swarm around their nesting and feeding areas. Take immediate action if you regularly spot large numbers of stinging insects on your property. The safest way to eliminate these dangerous pests is with the help of an experienced local professional.

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