Stinging Insect Control
- Yellow jacket control
- Wasp control
- Hornet control
- Cicada killer wasp control
- Carpenter bee control
- Bee control
Q. What sorts of stinging insects might I find around my home?
A. Many varieties of stinging insects live in the New York area. Some common types are honeybees, carpenter bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and cicada killer wasps.
Q. What do wasps' nests look like?
A. Many types of wasps make papery nests out of wood pulp. The nests have honeycomb-like cells inside and can be quite large. A paper wasp nest is open and umbrella-shaped, while a yellow jacket's nest is enclosed. You may find wasps' nests under your eaves or awning, on trees or near structures such as pools.
Q. What do stinging insects eat?
A. Bees live on nectar from flowers and the honey which they make in their hives. Wasps and hornets eat live or dead insects such as bees, mantises and grasshoppers. They also love sweet substances - tree sap, fruit and honey - which explains why you often see them swarming around open soda cans and picnic lunches.
Q. Are these insects' stings harmful?
A. The toxicity of bee and wasp stings depends on the type of insect. Some stings are just painful, while others can be dangerous, especially if the victim is stung numerous times. And for people with allergies, a bee, wasp or hornet sting can be life-threatening.
Q. Is it true that bees die after they sting?
A. Yes. When bees sting a human or animal, the stinger is pulled out of their abdomen, which kills them. But the stinging action releases certain chemicals into the air which attract other bees nearby, so if you are stung near a hive or swarm, you are in danger of being attacked by other bees.
Hornets and wasps retain their stinger when they attack, so they can sting someone again and again without dying.
Q. How can I get rid of stinging insects on my property?
A. The safest and most effective way to eliminate stinging insects is to use a professional pest control service such as Magic Touch Exterminating.
Call Magic Touch Exterminating for your stinging insect control needs.