Stinging Insects

waspOne of the few pitfalls of owning a home with a yard is that stinging insects may be attracted to the vegetation. Whether you enjoy growing a big garden or just like having ornamental landscaping as a part of your outdoor environment, you are probably already aware that stinging insects can be more than a simple nuisance. However, there is no need to allow stinging insects to negatively impact the quality of your life. Extermination methods exist that are environmentally friendly as well as effective that will ensure you and your family's safety and comfort.

The most common stinging insects are hornets, wasps, fire ants, yellow jackets and honeybees. They are all fairly easy to identify, and it should be kept in mind that all of these insects live in colonies. If you see one insect, it's likely that thousands more are close by.

Yellow jackets are found in a variety of climates and are black with yellow stripes. They frequently build their nests underground or in woodpiles or cracks in buildings.

Hornets are usually black although they can sometimes be brown. Yellow, orange or white markings adorn their bodies, and they primarily build their nests in trees.

Paper wasps have sleek, thin bodies that are either brown or black with yellow and red markings. Their comb-shaped nests are easy to identify and are usually found under eaves, in shrubs or small trees with dense foliage or hidden in woodpiles.

Those who live in warmer climates may experience infestations of fire ants. These ants live on mounds and are probably the most aggressive of the stinging insects, attacking with little warning.

Honeybees are round, fuzzy and colored with yellow and dark brown marking. They like to built their nests in protected sites such as trees and old tires.

No matter what the infestation, a professional exterminator will be able to eliminate the source of the pests and provide you and other household residents with a safe outdoor environment. 

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