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Stinging Insect Identification

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What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are insects that use a stinger to defend themselves. Stinging insects are helpful to people and the ecosystem when living outside, away from our homes and other high-traffic areas.

Stinging insects are important pollinators that help with food production; predatory species also help to reduce populations of nuisance insects. However, when they decide to turn our Utah yards into a place they forage for food or nest, they become dangerous and need to be removed.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

The venom that stinging insects have is strong enough to cause an allergic response in people and animals. An individual's reaction to a sting could range from mild swelling around the sting site to breathing difficulties to full-blown anaphylactic shock.

Having stinging insects in our yards makes it so we can't enjoy our outdoor spaces. Having to "tiptoe" around your yard to avoid stinging insects is not necessary; contact a professional to have the nest safely and quickly removed!

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Unfortunately, stinging insects are most active and live in their largest populations when the weather outside is warm. Stinging insects can become a problem in any of our yards as they generally provide their necessities, including nesting sites and various food sources. Stinging insects have varied diets, and in addition to pollen and nectar, feed on many of the same proteins and sweets we do. Outdoor trash cans, recycling bins, outdoor eating areas, flowerbeds, and gardens are found in most of our Utah yards and offer places for stinging insects to forage for food.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Each species that is common to our area has unique nesting preferences:

  • Bald-faced hornets: Tree hollows, dense shrubs, tree branches, and under roof eaves 
  • European paper wasps: Under roof eaves or decks, inside vent pipes, wall voids, and inside electrical boxes 
  • Yellow jackets: Ground holes, within hollow logs, under eaves, inside recycling bins or trash cans, or in wall voids

If you see stinging insects constantly swarming around a certain area of your property, it is likely because there is a nest present.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Stinging insects pose a danger to people and pets when they decide to nest in our Utah County yards and homes. The best way to get rid of unwanted stinging insects from your Springville home is to partner with Bug Wranglers. Our eco-friendly and kid-friendly pest control solutions are the right choice for your home and family. Through inspections and custom pest control plans, we will eliminate stinging insects and give you back the full use of your outdoor space. When you partner with us, you can ensure we will provide you with comprehensive pest control services in Springville right for your home and family. If you live in Utah County and want to learn more about getting rid of stinging insects, call us today.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Prevent major problems with stinging insects with the help of the experts at Bug Wranglers and our most helpful prevention tips.

  • Trim tree branches and foliage away from your home's siding and roofline.
  • Don't place plant pots near doors, porch steps, or other high-traffic areas of your home.
  • Keep your yard trimmed and garden maintained.
  • Remove things like fallen trees, stumps, and tree limbs from your yard.
  • Fill in ground holes in your yard and garden areas.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of excess food and sticky spills, and always keep lids on outdoor trash cans and recycling bins.