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Stinging Insects

How do I recognize a stinging insect problem?

Numerous species of stinging insects are commonly referred to as “bee’s”. All are capable of delivering a painful sting that can even be life threatening in some sensitive individuals. The characteristic yellow and black striped pattern is common to Paper Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Mining Bees, Cicada Killers, European Hornets as well as Honey Bees. Our staff is trained to recognize each of these potential pests which all have differing nesting habits. It is important to properly identify these pests as control measure may differ greatly.

What are their effects on me or my home?

Some species may cause damage to your homes landscaping or may even damage the wood around your home! Mining bees and cicada killers create burros in lawns damaging turf. Carpenter Bees are solitary bees that bore holes into wood. Most other species take advantage of existing structure and do no damage what so ever. Improperly dealt with, honey bees can leave behind honey and other materials that can cause severe secondary pest infestations, like beetles and ants in very large numbers!

What effect can stinging insects have on my health?

The stings of wasps, bees and hornets are complex venoms that often effect people differently. Most people exhibit localized swelling and a burning pain after being stung. Sensitive individuals may exhibit severe life threatening allergic reactions shortly after being stung. Due to the aggressive nature with which most species will defend their nest, it is not uncommon to be stung by several “bees” at once. Children are especially at risk as the effects of their venom are often unknown as they have never been stung before.

Where did I get this pest?

All of the above mentioned species of “bee” naturally occur in our environment. Locating the nest can sometimes be difficult. Depending on species, they all have different preferred nesting sites.

What can I do to get rid of this pest?

Unlike other pests, we never recommend attempting to seal a hole that you see stinging insects entering. This may actually cause a problem to worsen forcing them indoor in large numbers. Self-treating this pest, especially in wall voids with over the counter aerosols usually does not work as the nest may be several feet from the entry point. Proper protective attire is highly recommended especially in confined spaces. Proper identification to determine if honey bees are present should always be done due to their beneficial nature and legally protected status in some states. Improper elimination of a honey bee colony and it remains can also cause severe secondary pest problems.

How we protect your home or property!

Vikings highly trained staff will properly identify and prescribe the appropriate course of action to protect your home, family’s health as well as the environment. Treatments vary greatly depending on the species of stinging insects present. An inspection to your home and treatment plan customized to your needs will be provided free of charge! Please contact Viking in order to take advantage of this great value!

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