Stinging Insects
Stinging Insects

What are Stinging Insects?

Bees, wasps, and hornets are all examples of stinging insects. They have stingers used to paralyze their prey and defend themselves. Stinging insects are most active during the second half of the summer and early fall months. Many people have a love/hate relationship with stinging insects. We want them around because they pollinate plants and crops and predatory species help keep nuisance insect populations in check. However, we don’t want them nesting near or in our homes because they tend to be aggressive, and their venom-filled stings are painful and can trigger allergic reactions.

What kinds of Stinging Insects are there?

Keep your home safe

Keeping your home and yard free of stinging pests, such as wasps, bees, and hornets, is important for several reasons. Firstly, stinging pests can pose a serious health risk to you, your family, and your pets. Their stings can cause severe allergic reactions, and in some cases, can even be fatal. By keeping your home and yard free of these pests, you can help reduce the risk of being stung and prevent potential health problems.

Secondly, stinging pests can be a nuisance and can cause damage to your property. Wasps and hornets can build nests in the eaves of your home, in trees, and other outdoor structures, while bees can create hives in walls and other enclosed spaces. These nests and hives can be difficult and costly to remove, and can also cause damage to your property. By taking steps to prevent stinging pests from nesting in and around your home, you can save yourself time, money, and potential property damage.

What can I do to keep my home safe?

In order to keep your home and yard free of stinging pests, it's important to take preventative measures, such as sealing up cracks and gaps in your home's exterior, removing potential nesting sites, and keeping your yard free of food waste and other attractants. If you do encounter stinging pests, it's important to contact a pest control professional to safely and effectively remove them. By taking these steps, you can help ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family in your home and yard.

How to safely deal with a stinging insect infestation

If you have a stinging insect infestation in or around your home, it's important to take action to address the problem safely and effectively. Attempting to remove nests or swarms on your own can be dangerous and can result in stings, which can be painful and even life-threatening for those with allergies. Here are some tips for safely dealing with a stinging insect infestation:

Identify the insect species: Before attempting any removal, it's important to identify the species of stinging insect you are dealing with. This will help you determine the best course of action and whether or not you need professional assistance.

Contact a professional: If you have a large infestation, or if you are dealing with a species of stinging insect that is known to be aggressive, it's best to contact a pest control professional for assistance. They have the training and equipment needed to safely remove nests and swarms.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

Initial Service

Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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When it comes to pest control, we put our money where our mouth is. If we treat your home, and you're still seeing pests, we'll come back and retreat for free. We'll always have your back.

Stinging Insects FAQ

Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?

When stinging insects decide to nest in a high-traffic area of your yard or on or inside the house, they can become very dangerous. The venom injected during a sting is strong enough to trigger a severe allergic reaction or cause anaphylaxis for some people. Even if an allergic reaction does not occur, being stung by a stinging insect is not fun. Their stings are painful and leave behind a raised, red welt that can last for hours or days.

Do I have a Stinging Insect Problem?

Stinging insects are most active in the late summer and fall when their colony sizes are at their biggest, and workers are out in large numbers foraging for food. Almost any residential property can become home to stinging insects, although they are especially attracted to properties with lots of trees, flowering vegetation, and dense landscaping. They also prefer properties with open trash containers, compost bins, and outdoor eating areas to forage for food.

Where will I find Stinging Insects?

Stinging insects prefer to nest outside but sometimes find their way inside a home or outbuilding, making their nest in a chimney, attic, eaves, or wall void.

  • Wasps build their nests in protected areas
  • Mud daubers build their small nests underneath overhangs or within tight crevices between rocks
  • Paper wasps place their nests up off the ground in trees, on utility poles, under decks, under roof eaves, and inside door frames
  • Ground nesters such as yellow jackets build nests in the ground or use the abandoned nests of small animals

How do I get rid of Stinging Insects?

For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to get rid of the stinging insects on their property, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that effectively eliminates stinging insects and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family-owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests!

How can I prevent Stinging Insects in the future?

It's important to have a year-round pest control service to keep your home safe from stinging insects. Especially if you have someone who is on call for any unexpected visits from stinging insects that can ruin the safety of the home.


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