Stinging Pest Control & Extermination in Dallas / Ft. Worth Texas Metroplex
Bees, wasps, and hornets develop colonies where there may be a few dozen to thousands of individuals with a queen, workers and an elaborate social structure. These are the social insects. While most individuals are non-aggressive, all will sting if handled. The social bees, wasps and hornets are a greater stinging threat than the solitary pests because they will attack in large numbers if they perceive their nest is in danger. Those that make a paper nest construct them of plant fiber and salivary secretions. In the fall when temperatures decline and food becomes scarce, the female wasps and hornets frequently enter homes for hibernation.
Bees, wasps, and hornets inject venom from the tip of their abdomen are sometimes considered beneficial because of their importance in pollination or in preying on other pest insects. However, anyone who has ever been stung by one of these creatures will usually think otherwise. After being stung, it is important to immediately remove the stinger and venom sac if they are present at the sting site. This can be done with a fingernail, the edge of a credit card or tweezers. Immediate removal will stop venom from being released. Avoid squeezing the venom sac. Wash the site with soap and water and apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. For more pronounced reactions, apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce itching and swelling. If itching and swelling are bothersome, take an oral antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton). For severe reactions, seek immediate medical attention. Consult your physician before applying or taking any medications.
Home remedies include applying wet salt to the site within five minutes of being stung. Leave the salt in place for 30 minutes. The salt will “draw” the venom from the wound. Similar results have been obtained with moistened tobacco, wet baking soda or wet aspirin.
What are IPM (Integrated Pest Management) steps for Stinging Pest control?
We determine the point when the bees have become an economical and safety threat and bee control action is needed.
Monitor and Identify
To ensure proper control actions, we monitor and identify the type of bee accurately. As a result, unnecessary use of pesticides is avoided.
We’ll first determine whether only preventive action is needed.
Usually, when a bee hive has been made, the situation is beyond preventive action and control action is needed.
Common Stinging Pests
Hornets usually are responsible for the large, football-shaped nests around homes and businesses in trees and on the sides of buildings. These pests are extremely aggressive and have been known to repeatedly sting anyone or anything that disturbs them. They are black and white and will live in colonies of hundreds to thousands. Control can be accomplished at any time of day, but treating at night will ensure that most hornets are in the nest at the time of treatment. Do not use a flashlight during treatment, Hornets will follow the beam of light and attack its holder.
These “hairy” bees have yellow and dark brown coloring and thick bodies. They are not aggressive and will leave people alone if not provoked, but they are defensive and will attack anything that threatens the colony or individual. They forage on pollen and nectar, which they use to produce honey to feed the colony. Honeybees usually nest inside tree cavities, but will also nest in gaps beneath rock formations. Queens lay eggs at intervals, producing a colony of 60,000 to 80,000 workers. Their stings can be painful and can cause a serious reaction (anaphylactic shock) to allergic individuals. Settlers brought the Honeybee to North America in the 17th century..
Most people are familiar with this big, buzzing, furry, yellow and black bee that can produce a very painful sting. The yellow pubescence on the abdomen differentiates bumble bees from carpenter bees, which have a smooth and shiny black abdomen. Like yellow jackets and hornets, only fertilized females hibernate during the winter and each starts a new nest during the spring. Nests are usually constructed in cavities in the soil previously used by field mice. The opening to the nest will often have fresh soil around it as a result of excavation activities. People are usually not stung unless they disturb the nest.
These can be found in a variety of colors from reddish brown to dark red to orange with varying bright stripes of yellow and red. Paper Wasps are predators and feed on insects, spiders and caterpillars. Several females build nests of paperlike cells (wood pulp and saliva) that are usually attached to the underside of a support (an eave or window) and hang down. Mated young queens spend the winter under leaf litter and in stone walls. They are very protective of their nests and will defend against invaders with a painful sting.
These are often confused with Honeybees because of their yellow and black markings, but they can be distinguished from bees by their thinner waistlines. Yellow Jackets are social insects and will aggressively defend their nests, which are typically located in stumps or fallen logs or in the ground. They prey on a variety of insects and also forage on foods people eat, especially sweets and meat. Their stings can be painful and can cause a serious reaction to allergic individuals.
Mud-daubers (These Don’t Sting)
Pipe organ mud daubers are elongated, slender and usually shiny-black wasps that vary in length from about a half inch to an inch or more. These wasps make their mud nests with the cells arranged in the form of long tubes, hence the common “pipe organ” name. Individual wasps make a buzzing sound as they shape mud into a nest and provision it with spiders for their larvae to feed upon during development. The female wasp stings and paralyzes the wasp and then lays an egg on it and seals it in the mud tube. The nests are often in protected but open areas under the roof eaves of buildings or sheds. Mud daubers rarely sting and are generally considered beneficial in reducing spider populations.
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