Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects move into our Florida yards to utilize the nesting and foraging spots they provide. These pests are unwanted in our indoor and outdoor spaces because of the stingers that extend from their abdomens. Many species of stinging insects have short tempers, and living in close proximity to these pests put you, your kids, and your pets in danger of being stung. Below are some of the most common stinging insects living in our area of Florida.

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  • Paper Wasps are social, stinging insects that create nests out of a paper-like material they make from pieces of wood or plant materials mixed with their saliva. Paper wasps are brown with yellow or reddish-brown markings and have smokey black wings. 

  • Mud Daubers are solitary stinging insects. They have a narrow waist with a distinctive long thread-like segment between their thorax and abdomen and are usually black with some pale or yellowish markings. These stinging insects build their nests out of mud and other materials.

  • Cicada Killers are a ground-nesting, solitary species of stinging insects. They have a red and black body with yellow banding around the abdomen and a reddish-brown head. Their wings are transparent or yellow-tinted and heavily veined.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are never ideal to have on your property, whether you or your family are allergic to their venom or not. The stings that these pests deliver are painful, and constantly having to avoid contact with them in your yard is stressful.

For those allergic to stinging insect venom, their presence is more problematic and poses a significant danger. Stinging insects have venom potent enough to trigger itching, hives, breathing problems, and even anaphylaxis.

While stinging insects are helpful when living out in nature, they are unwanted pests in our yards, and you should have an experienced professional remove them!

Why do I have a stinging insects problem?

Stinging insects are active throughout most of the year in Florida. Our warm weather provides them with ample amounts of food and water. Stinging insects are flying outdoor pests, so unless you are willing to put a large protective bubble around your property, keeping them away is difficult. These opportunistic pests will make themselves at home on any property that provides them their basic needs. Even if stinging insects aren’t nesting in your yard, if your yard is providing them with sources of food, they will keep returning.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Cicada killers nest outside in the ground. They usually like to choose nesting sites with direct sunlight. Common nesting sites include the soil next to sidewalks and play structures and flower beds and lawns. 

Paper wasps and mud daubers prefer to place their nests up off the ground. They often nest near or on our homes because they provide them with sheltered areas that protect the nest from predators. Roof eaves, porch ceilings, decks, rafters, and doorways are some favorite nesting spots. They also like to nest inside garages and other outbuildings.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get stinging insects out of your yard and home and away from your family with the help of an experienced professional. At Bold Servicing, we understand how stressful and dangerous stinging insects are and will quickly come to your aid, providing the necessary services to remove these pests and help you to prevent their return. Our premium, full-service wasp control options in Tampa, FL are not only convenient and effective but also eco-friendly. To learn more about removing stinging insects from your Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Clearwater area yard, home, or business, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Here are some prevention tips to help you keep stinging insects and other pests out of your Florida home.

  • Lots of flowering plants are going to attract stinging insects to an area. Reduce the amount of flowering landscaping on your property.

  • Repair ground holes where stinging insects could build a nest.

  • Remove dead trees from your property where stinging insects can easily nest.

  • Keep landscaping, including shrubs and bushes cut back away from your foundation to prevent a nest from being built right next to your house.

  • Keep scavenging insects from feeding in trash cans and recycling bins by keeping lids on them. 

  • Regularly inspect areas on your home where stinging insect build nests like roof eaves, under decks, and behind shutters. Get professional help as soon as you notice a nest.

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