Stinging insect infestations can be especially challenging for businesses and homeowners in Dallas, TX and the surrounding areas. Bees and other stinging insects can cause a painful sting if they feel threatened. In some cases, these stings can give you more than temporary discomfort. Read below to find out the answers to your most frequently asked questions about wasp, hornet, and Africanized bee questions.
Are stinging insects dangerous?
Wasps, hornets, and Africanized bees can pose significant threats to the health of your family living in Dallas, TX. Stinging insects may nest on the side of homes, in wall voids, in attics, and within foliage around your property. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for stinging insects to be present in North Texas. Although their presence can be scary, in most cases, you won’t be attacked unless the bees feel that their nest or hive is in danger. Something as simple as walking too close to an Africanized (killer) bee colony can trigger a negative reaction and swarm.
If you are stung by any stinging insect, it can be quite serious. Some people are allergic to the venom that bees, wasps, and hornets release when they sting. This allergy can sometimes be life-threatening and require immediate medical treatment, or worse, a visit to the emergency room. Some bees and hornets sting in large swarms, with the potential to cause a medical emergency even for people who are not allergic. Unfortunately, these types of allergic reactions are not easy to predict until they actually happen. We highly recommend that you seek help from our trained experts that are skilled in eliminating stinging insect issues at your home or business before it gets to the extent of swarms and stings
Can stinging insects live indoors?
Stinging insects can nest in wall voids, making their removal challenging without professional tools and training. In some cases, portions of the wall may need to be removed to treat or remove the nest. Tactics vary by the level of infestation (how long they’ve been expanding the colony and the nest) as well as the materials that the bees have nested in such as stucco, wood, and drywall. Stinging insects are also known to nest in attics. By nesting in attics, they are protected from predators, exposed to warmer conditions with rising heat, and generally undisturbed due to low foot traffic in most attics. Holes in soffits and broken/torn gable vents are common entry points.
How can you remove bees and other stinging insects from your property?
The process of removing bees and other stinging insects is complicated. The best policy is to hire a professional to handle the job. If you are tempted to take down a wasp nest on your own, you’ve probably heard of the following strategies (all of which we highly discourage):
Fire/Burning- The problem with using flames is that nests are usually built in trees and bushes, or on your home. Trying to destroy a nest with heat will greatly damage your home or light vegetation on fire.
Knocking It Down With A Bat- Even at night time, this is just not safe. Defensive wasps and hornets are willing to die for the colony and will sting when provoked. If someone treated your home like a piñata, you’d be angry too.
Dish Soap- A lot of bloggers and YouTubers suggest using a mixture of dish soap and water in a spray bottle to physically soak the active nest and eliminate the colony. This can be effective in certain scenarios. If you are brave enough to rely on soap and are willing to get within a few feet of defensive stinging insects, then it might be worth a shot. However, even if you complete this dangerous feat, soap won’t stop the pests from returning.
Professionals also have access to industry-grade pesticides that will not only kill stinging insects but also prevent them from coming back. Knowing the biology and behavior of stinging insects is a big benefit that professionals have over DIYers. By understanding how they behave and why it’s more than just physically taking down the nest. Each case is different, and nests are treated differently by type of pest, level of infestation, and location.
The aggressiveness of stinging insects varies by species, but all bees, wasps, hornets, and other stingers become hostile when their hive gets threatened. For this reason alone, bee removal is not a do-it-yourself project. The risk of multiple stings is too significant for an untrained individual to attempt the task.
How does Certified remove stinging insects from homes and businesses?
Stinging insects can be especially tricky because most species are not aggressive unless they feel that their nest is in danger. To eliminate stinging insect activity, you will need to get very close to their nest, and in many cases, remove it completely. Extraction methods vary widely depending on where the colony is situated (roof, attic eaves, windows, between drywall), how long they’ve been there, and the building materials involved (siding, shakes, cinderblock, concrete board, wood, stucco). You should always hire a trained pest control professional to remove a nest due to the aggression you will most probably face from the colony. The highly trained and experienced technicians at Certified Termite and Pest Control are equipped with the knowledge and tools that are necessary to successfully eliminate nests and avoid painful stings.
Our trained experts at Certified Termite and Pest Control begin by performing a 100% free, complete site inspection at your home or business. We’ll come up with a customized plan of action to suit your needs and get rid of the stinging insects as efficiently and quickly as possible to ensure your safety. What are you waiting for? Call us or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free stinging insect inspection.