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Stinging Insects: The Pests of Summer

It’s summer and that means that stinging insects are out in full force. Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are the uninvited guests in many backyards and pools. With more and more people becoming seriously allergic to the stings of honeybees, and because stinging insects are a nuisance in general, Blue Chip Pest Control gets many calls during the summer months to eradicate nests in the St. Louis area.
Here are some steps that you can take to be sure that you aren’t attracting stinging insects and inviting them to set up shop at your work or your residence.
Hornets: Hornets are especially aggressive, delivering sting after sting, and they build large, football-shaped nests on the sides of buildings and in trees. They live in colonies that number from several hundred hornets to several thousand!

  • During the fall, fill holes that are in your backyard to prevent ground-nesting wasps from using that space as a breeding ground.
  •  Inspect playset corners, the ceilings of porches, and the corners of patio-swing frames to see if any nests are forming. If they are, you can suck up a small nest with a vacuum cleaner and then leave it running for a while so that the hornets are destroyed by the heat.
  • If a nest is larger, do not attempt to remove the nest yourself! You’ll need special protective gear—hornets are very aggressive and will harm anyone who is standing nearby when they sense danger and leave their nest.

Wasps: Paper wasps can be aggressive if they feel an invader is near. Wasps often gain entry into your home by setting up shop in your chimney, attic, or eaves and then hibernating through the winter. When the weather becomes warmer, they can accidentally make their way into your house instead of flying back outdoors.

  •  While stragglers can usually be sucked into a vacuum cleaner or killed with a fly swatter, larger clusters will need a pest-control strategy.
  • Spraying eaves with insecticide in mid-spring, or calling a pest control company to kill hibernating wasps in the fall will help to keep this insect’s population down.
    Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets, sometimes confused with honeybees because of similar markings, can be aggressive if their nests are in danger. Their nests are usually in dead logs that are lying on the ground or in tree stumps.
  • If you have tree stumps that are in your yard or in the general area, try to remove them. It’s a perfect nesting area.
  •  Yellow jackets will also scavenge for food, so try not to leave food outside, or cover it if you’re having a picnic.
  •  These insects will circle around garbage areas, so cover your garbage and keep it a good distance away from your house and any doorways that would invite yellow jackets in.
    Honeybees: These insects aren’t as aggressive as some other stinging bugs, but they will still attack you if they or their colony is threatened. While bees are important insects, pollinating thousands of different plants and trees, they can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.

You can prevent nests from being built near your home or business by:

  •  making sure that they can’t enter cracks in your home’s foundation
  •  filling holes in structures that would make a good hive and filling in holes in the ground
  •  putting screening over attic vents, covering pools when they’ve not being used, and inspecting your yard or surroundings often to see if you can spot any hives. If you do, call a reputable pest control company right away before the hive becomes established.

Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis can remove any stinging insect nests that are in or near your home or business. We’re experienced and we have the right equipment and protective gear. Also, Blue Chip provides preventative maintenance to keep these insects away—for good. Call us today!

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