Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Stinging Insects

Wasp on a tree limb

Wasps and hornets are examples of stinging pests in Delaware. When they decide to nest in our backyards, they can put you and your family in daily danger. Please keep reading to learn about these pests and the safest way to remove stinging insects from your home

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Hornets and wasps are both types of stinging insects. As their name suggests, they are insects that sting. Both hornets and wasps have smooth stingers, which give them the ability to sting their targets repeatedly. Quick to anger, hornets and wasps won’t hesitate to defend themselves or their nests.

Hornets and wasps look very similar to each other as they both have long hairless bodies and narrow waists. Their bodies are usually yellow and black, yellow and brown, or white and black. The main difference between the two species is that hornets are generally larger and more hearty than wasps.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

When wasps and hornets sting, they inject venom into their victim. Their venom is potent enough to trigger allergic reactions in people. Allergic reactions can be mild or life-threatening, depending on the person. Whether allergic to their venom or not, their stings are always painful, and sharing your yard with these pests is never ideal.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

There are many reasons why wasps and hornets come into your yard to forage or build a nest. Some of the most common are listed below.

  • Flowering plants are present that provide nectar that the adults like to eat.
  • There are large amounts of aphids in garden areas. Aphids produce a sweet substance called honeydew that hornets and wasps like to eat.
  • There is standing water they can use as a water source.
  • There is a lot of insect activity; wasps and hornets are predators and hunt insects to bring them back to the nest to feed their developing young.
  • Open trash cans, outdoor eating and cooking areas, and pet food provide stinging insects with food sources.

Another reason hornets and wasps may gravitate to our yards is they provide them with many sheltered areas to build their nests.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Hornets and wasps live outside all around us. Their predatory feeding habits help us by naturally controlling populations of insects. These stinging pests live outside wherever their insect prey does, including wooded areas, fields, meadows, parks, and our backyards.

Below are some of the many places in our yards where hornets or wasps may decide to build their nests.

  • On the underside of decks, porch ceilings, and roof eaves
  • Inside trash cans or grills
  • In tree hollows, woodpiles, and in between rocks
  • Inside ground holes
  • In the abandoned nests of small animals
  • In garages, behind wall voids, and in chimneys

If you spot large numbers of wasps or hornets swarming around a particular area of your yard, give us a call. We will provide you with the best wasp and hornet control possible.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

If you are looking for an answer on how to control wasps and hornets as safely and effectively as possible, turn to the professionals at Delmar Pest Control. Our pest professionals will quickly come to your aid and perform an inspection to locate all nesting sites. Once we remove the nest or nests, we will put into place prevention measures to stop future problems with these stinging pests.

For the best stinging insect control in Wilmington or surrounding areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Maryland, turn to us at Delmar Pest Control. We are exterminators you can count on!

For more information about our wasp and hornet control services, call today.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

To prevent problems with stinging wasps and hornets, partner with a professional and make the most of the following prevention tips:

  • Seal up garbage cans and recycling bins with locking lids to keep wasps and hornets from foraging in them.
  • Eliminate potential nesting spots by removing yard clutter, fallen trees, ground holes, and sealing cracks in your home’s exterior walls.
  • Remove areas of standing water from your yard that provide a water source for wasps, hornets, and their insect prey.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover drinks and food; both will attract the attention of hungry wasps and hornets.
  • If you suddenly are dealing with large numbers of wasps or hornets on your property, reach out to us for help.

Call today to learn more about our residential and commercial stinging insect control services.

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