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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are known for their more aggressive behavior, segmented bodies, and stinger attached to the end of their abdomen. Many stinging insects can fly and are important pollinators, though they cause serious issues once they settle around your property. Several types of stinging insects inhabit the areas around Elk Grove, CA area, but the ones you should keep an eye out for the most include wasps and yellow jackets.

Yellow jackets have rounder bodies and a distinctive yellow and black striped pattern, while other wasps tend to have more slender-waisted bodies and vary in colors of solid red, black, and brown, depending on the species. Reach out to us today for help with pest control in Elk Grove, CA.

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Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?

Many people might think that stinging insects in Elk Grove are nothing more than a nuisance, but these pests are dangerous. Insect bites and stings trigger allergic reactions in many individuals, and even those without preexisting allergies may encounter issues after being swarmed by aggressive stinging insects.

Because stinging insect stings are so painful and can potentially cause severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis, you should never attempt stinging insect control by yourself – leave that to our service technicians at Bell Pest Control.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Your stinging insect problem in Elk Grove, CA, is most likely caused by your property's overall hospitable conditions that these pests seek. Easy access to food like sweet-smelling flowers, pest prey, water, and overgrown nesting spots encourage stinging insects to move in. Defeat the worst stinging insects on your property by getting rid of these attractants.

Where will I find stinging insects?

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How Can I Prevent Stinging Insects in the Future?

Prevent stinging insects in the future by following our expert tips below to deter infestations of these pests:

  • Avoid planting sweet-smelling, bright flowers in outdoor areas and choose stinging insect-repellent plants like marigolds, cucumber, and basil instead.
  • Make sure to clean up all food and drink spills both outdoors and indoors to stop the aroma from attracting hungry stinging insects.
  • Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids, seal up your trash bags tightly, and cover any compost piles to stop stinging insects from scavenging in these areas.
  • Cut back long grass and overgrown foliage in addition to removing debris and woodpiles to stop stinging insects from nesting in these areas.
  • Fill holes in the ground to prevent stinging insects from nesting in them.
  • Install sturdy window and door screens and fill in cracks around your property's foundation to prevent stinging insects from moving inside.

Contact Bell Pest Control for more prevention advice.

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