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Are Your Stinging Insects Beneficial or Just Nuisance Pests?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Whether they live in Cleveland or Troy people who have had bees or wasps nest on their property are likely to tell you that these stinging insects are annoying pests and nothing more. What is often overlooked or not realized is how downright dangerous an infestation can be. Stinging insects may cause severe allergic reaction in some people and a sting may even prove fatal for others. While some stinging insects are beneficial to flowers and plants on your property as well as to our environment others are nuisance and potentially dangerous insects that should be avoided.

The stinging insects that are beneficial to our environment are bumble bees and honey bees, both of which are pollinators for plants, trees and flowers. Honey bees are thick-bodied and usually yellow, black, brown, or orange, with the head, antennae and legs being darker- almost black in color. The body of a honey bee is covered in light colored hairs which allow them to pick up pollen while they feed on the nectar of flowers. Bumble bees are almost an inch in length, usually black and yellow, coated in hairs just like the honey bee. They will sting, leaving their stinger in their victim, which causes the bee to die because it cannot live without it. In this respect, they may be dangerous but for the most part they remain unaggressive as long as they feel their nest is safe. Without honey bees and bumble bees, plants, flowers and trees would not grow and bloom, as pollination is necessary for plants to thrive.

Wasps, yellow jackets and carpenter bees would all be considered nuisance pests, although they do serve a purpose. These insects will feed on other insects like mosquitoes, ants, spiders, caterpillars and flies, which helps to keep the populations of these insects regulated. Because mosquitoes, flies and ants can all be considered pest insects, having them preyed upon by wasps, yellow jackets and other stinging insects can be useful. Unfortunately, their nesting habits and tendency to frequent areas where humans spend time can cause them to be both annoying and harmful. They can be yellow and black striped or white and black, and act much more aggressively towards humans if provoked. Often their nests can be found in eaves, in bushes and in the attics of homes, and even sometimes in the walls. Carpenter bees will burrow into the drywall in a home in order to expand the size of their nest. This can be very damaging for the structure of a home and can cause a great deal of frustration for a homeowner.

It’s important to be able to recognize the differences between beneficial stinging insects and stinging insects that are nuisance and potentially harmful pests. If you know what kind of stinging insect you have nesting near your home or property, you will have a better idea why this insect is there, and whether or not you should feel threatened by its presence. If you have an allergy to bee or wasp stings, having these insects nesting near your home can be very dangerous for you. No matter what kind of stinging insect you have nesting on your property, you need to decide whether or not their presence is safe for you and for your family. If you feel that the insects are a threat, your next step should be to contact Rose Pest Solutions. We’ll remove the nest and treat your home to discourage future activity.

Although some stinging insects can be beneficial for our environment, the safety of your family and your home is your first priority and protecting yourself from stinging insects is a necessity. Our knowledgeable pest control technicians have the appropriate tools and know-how in treating and removing stinging insects that have taken up residence in or around your home and are ready to assist property owners throughout our service areas. Contact us today for an inspection and more information on what can be done to safely and effectively remove these insects and their nests from your property.

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