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For this service, we offer both singular services and recurring services. However, this pest is also included in our Gold Protection Membership Plan for a more cost-effective option.

What are stinging insects?

Many different species of stinging insects can find their way to our New Hampshire or Massachusetts properties to nest and gather food. Carpenter bees, honey bees, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are some of the most common stinging insects in the area.

a carpenter bee

Though their similar coloring may make it seem that these pests are all the same, they are unique, with their own characteristics and habits. If you see stinging insects buzzing around your home or lawn, it is always important to contact a professional to accurately identify them, locate their nests, and appropriately and safely remove them.

No matter the specific type, stinging insects all share how they defend themselves from threats: with a stinger located at their hind end. Predatory species like yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets will also use their stingers to paralyze their insect prey.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are dangerous, which is why it is always best to contact a professional to remove their nest from your property. Their stings are sometimes given deliberately if they feel you are a threat, and other times it is accidental, like placing your hand on a deck rail where one is resting.

No matter how or why the sting is delivered, it can’t be denied that they are painful. Many people are also allergic to their venom, and a reaction can range from localized swelling at the bite site to a severe reaction that affects a person’s ability to breathe. 

Contact with stinging insects should always be avoided, and the best way to avoid their stings is to remove their nests from your property as quickly as possible by reaching out to Freedom Pest Control.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Many things will attract stinging insects to an area, including water, plentiful food sources, and a choice of sheltered nesting sites.

Out in nature, stinging insects live in almost every habitat, including wooded areas, open fields and meadows, urban landscapes, and suburban yards.

Things that will attract stinging insects to New England yards include:

  • Trash cans and recycling bins

  • Gardens and fruit trees

  • Flowerbeds 

  • Outdoor eating areas

  • Pet food bowls

  • Lots of trees and landscaping

Where will I find stinging insects?

Where stinging insects build their nest and out of what material depends on their specific species.

The carpenter bee is unique as the females create nests by boring holes the diameter of their bodies into pieces of wood, causing structural damage over time.

Some species like yellowjackets like to nest in the ground in holes or spaces they find under shrubs and woodpiles. Other species of stinging insects like bees, hornets, and wasps like to nest in very sheltered areas. It is common to find their nests in tree hollows, under decks, behind shutters, under roof eaves, and sometimes in a home’s wall voids or crawl spaces.

Regularly inspecting your property for stinging insect nests is important. If you ever discover a nest, avoid the area until the nest can be safely removed.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Having stinging insects on your property can drastically reduce how much you can enjoy your yard. Nobody can relax when they are trying to dodge stings from these dangerous pests. Keep your home and yard free of stinging insects with the help of the professionals at Freedom Pest Control. We are dedicated to our customers and helping them eliminate pests from their Massachusetts or New Hampshire properties. After contacting us, we will act fast to provide you with a customized solution that will safely resolve your stinging insect problem. If you would like to learn more about our innovative and eco-friendly stinging insect control services in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, reach out today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To keep stinging insects off your New England property, implement these prevention tips:

  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well-maintained to provide fewer nesting spots around your yard.

  • Fill in holes around your property.

  • Remove harborage sites from your yard that stinging insects could nest within, such as woodpiles, rock piles, construction debris, fallen trees, and tree stumps. 

  • When eating or drinking outdoors, keep serving dishes or beverage containers covered.

  • Keep lids on trash cans to keep stinging insects like yellowjackets out of them. 

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted on your property, especially near your home’s exterior.

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