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Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects such as waspsyellow jackets and hornets are all insects that belong to the order of insects known as hymenoptera. They are considered as beneficial insects as they are pollinators and some parasitic wasps are even being used in agricultural pest control as predators that seek out and destroy crop damaging pests. Depending upon the specific species, nests are built in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside human-made structures (attics, hollow walls or flooring, under porches, eaves of houses and in sheds), or in mouse burrows, soil cavities etc.  To learn more about the stinging insects that are common in Cleveland, Detroit, Troy, and elsewhere throughout our region, please contact us today.

Do I have wasps, yellow jackets or hornets?Stinging Insects In Michigan and Ohio

The simplest way to establish what type of insect you have is by the style and location of the nest. Most wasps build nests under eaves and soffits with the nest usually being round in shape and resembling a honeycomb pattern. Yellow jackets have a tendency to build nests covered with a gray and black colored paper-like material inside places like attics, under porches and in certain bushes. Hornets build nests that resemble a large, inverted tear-drop shaped ball which typically is attached to a tree, bush or side of a building although undisturbed tall grass can also be a favorable nesting site. Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are all similar in the way that they are made up of three main sections – the head, thorax and abdomen, which houses the stinger. Yellow jackets and hornets look quite similar from a distance with the most easily identifiable difference being the hornet's larger head.

Are they dangerous?

Yes, stinging insects can be dangerous. While most wasps will generally not sting a human unless they feel threatened or someone wanders too close to their nest, yellow jackets pose a considerable threat to humans as they may sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in severe cases. Over 500,000 people are admitted to the emergency room annually due to arthropod stings, with wasps and hornets accounting for about 30 percent of the 54 deaths each year. 

So why do I have them?

There is no real reason you may have wasps, yellow jackets or hornets. They are all opportunistic builders and a wasp, yellow jacket or hornet nest may be built on or near your property by pure bad luck during the summer months.

How do you get rid of them?

Ridding your property of wasps, yellow jackets and hornets can be a very dangerous undertaking and one best left to the experts. Rose Pest Solutions created the stinging insect program specifically for this reason and our pest control professionals are highly trained to deal with the situation and rid you of your stinging insect menace.

Is the treatment safe?

Rose Pest Solutions is a leader in the field of pest control and uses the most up-to-date pest control methods available.  Every pest control product we use has been registered by the EPA and conforms to the strictest guidelines. This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that no Rose Pest Solutions treatment will pose any threat to people, pets or plants. Should it be necessary, our service technicians will inform you of any product-specific safety measures that are required.

How soon can you get here?

Rose Pest Solutions strives to help you as soon as possible and we take our duty to you very seriously, and in many cases we can respond within 24-48 hours.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Because of the random, opportunistic nature of nest building with wasps, yellow jackets and hornets, it is not generally possible to prevent a nest being built on or around your property. Calling in your local pest control experts - Rose Pest Solutions - as soon as you are aware of a nest being built is the quickest and safest way of preventing further pest problems.



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