What is a stinging insect? The simple answer is that it is an insect that stings. But it isn't that simple. Some insects appear to sting but actually bite. Mosquitoes are a good example. We won't cover them today because they're not considered stinging insects. Then, we have fire ants, which technically sting. But they're crawling pests. Today, we'll focus on flying insects that sting. In this category, we have two kinds of insects—bees and wasps.
Join us today as we look at common bees and wasps in Fort Worth. We'll help you with stinging insect identification, tell you a few important safety facts, explain how professionals deal with these pests, and share prevention tips to keep them from bothering you. We've packed a lot in here. You're sure to learn something new. As always, your All-Safe Pest & Termite team can assist you with any pest concerns or schedule a treatment. We offer smart, science-based bee and wasp control in Fort Worth. Connect with us by phone, text, or email for help.
Common Types Of Stinging Insects Found In Fort Worth
We have quite a variety of bees and wasps in our Fort Worth service area. There is a lot to cover here. We'll strip away the fat and get right to the most important facts you need to know about the common stinging pests you may find on your Dallas property.
Let's start by defining a term. All hornets are wasps, but not all wasps are hornets. We won't get into the details about what makes a wasp a hornet. You just need to know that they're wasps and that wasps have many common traits.
A social insect is one that works together with other insects of the same type, and they communicate using pheromones. Some social insects swarm, while others do not. One key trait they all share is that they have a nest protection instinct. Therefore, having a nest of social insects on your property isn't good.
A solitary insect sticks to itself and raises its own brood. It does not have a nest protection instinct and is rarely aggressive. The primary concern with solitary bees or wasps is that you can accidentally sit on one.
In this group, we have good bees and bad bees. Both good and bad bees are social insects that can become a threat under the right conditions. But good honey bees are surprisingly docile, particularly when exposed to smoke. Beekeepers can scoop these bees up in their hands during removal without getting stung.
These bees are social insects and are a bit more aggressive than honey bees if you disturb a nest. You'll find these bees nesting in damp, dark habitats found underneath organic matter. A good example of an ideal nesting sight is underneath bales of hay.
These bees are the most docile of all those listed here, but the males can get aggressive. Don't worry. They're all bark and no sting. Male carpenter bees are unable to sting. The primary issue with these solitary bees is that they cause damage to structural wood by tunneling circular holes.
These common wasps are social insects. They build aerial paper nests on and inside man-made structures. In most cases, they are docile. They will likely leave you alone if you don't make any fast movements or disturb their nest.
Yellow Jacket Wasps:
These tiny stinging insects typically live in ground holes established by animals. You'll most likely find them living in your landscaping, particularly if you have a heavy layer of mulch. They are social insects, and vibrations in the ground can easily provoke them. When they defend their nests, they do so as a swarm.
These wasps act like paper wasps in many ways. They create aerial paper nests and are social insects. They also have sentry drones that hover outside the nest, making them slightly more defensive of their nests than paper wasps.
Cicada Killer Wasps:
These are giant wasps. Not only do they have a scary name, they're about two inches long. But these solitary wasps are more of a lawn pests than a stinging threat. That is good news because a cicada killer wasp has a formidable stinger. You'll find them tunneling in the ground and making dirt mounds.
All bees have a furry appearance. Carpenter bees have a black abdomen that appears hairless, which can help you tell them apart from bumble bees. All wasps have a sleek form and appear bald. Both bees and wasps are often black and white or black and yellow. Certain paper wasps are reddish with yellow legs.
Now that you know what you're dealing with, let's quickly look at the safety issues related to having bees or wasps on your property. We're sure you know that stinging insects can potentially pose a serious threat to you, your family, and your pets.
Stinging Insects Can Be Dangerous
The venom of a bee or wasp will cause an unpleasant wound with instant pain and a burning sensation. In most cases, that is the extent of the threat. If social bees or wasps are defending their nest, you can receive multiple stings. Along with swarms, it is important to note that most stinging insects can sting multiple times. Honey bees are limited to only one sting due to their barbed stinger.
In some cases, stinging insects are dangerous. Individuals with an allergy to the venom of bees and wasps can have serious or life-threatening symptoms, such as anaphylactic shock. We strongly recommend seeking the assistance of a licensed pest control service provider at the first sign of a nest on your property.
Get Professional Stinging Insect Control In Fort Worth
There are many benefits to contacting a licensed professional to deal with stinging insects in Fort Worth. The most obvious is that a professional is the one putting themselves in harm's way to get rid of those pests. You don't have to worry about something going wrong and finding yourself on the wrong side of a stinger. Here are a few more benefits to consider when you work with All-Safe Pest & Termite:
- We are familiar with all of the federal and local legislation regarding bee control.
- We have the protective gear to work on your stinging insect issue calmly and methodically.
- We will remove the current nest and treat the area to prevent future nesting.
- We have the skills to address nests that are in hard-to-reach spaces, such as in the ceiling of your porch.
- After your initial treatment, we can provide ongoing protection from bees and wasps so you never have these insects sneak up on you again.
The technicians at All-Safe Pest & Termite have the training and experience to locate nests, evaluate conditions that attract these pests, and implement field-tested solutions. Feel free to contact us for wasp removal in Fort Worth or to get proactive stinging insect control long before these pests become problematic.
How To Prevent Future Stinging Insect Infestations
After receiving professional pest wasp control and dealing with the nest or hive, is it wise to get a pest control plan to prevent future problems with stinging insects? Not necessarily. While we believe professional services are the best prevention, there are many ways you can avoid trouble on your own.
Here are some suggestions:
- All stinging insects are attracted to flowers. If you have a weed problem in your lawn or landscaping, you may catch the attention of bees or wasps.
- Stinging insects that create paper nests will use pulp from logs, dead branches, campfire wood, etc. It is essential to remove wood debris.
- Wasps are attracted to garbage because they eat sweets and meats we throw away. Keep trash covered and receptacles free of strong odors.
- Stinging insects drink water. Inspect your property for persistent dampness or puddles, and take steps to address these conditions. We recommend gutter cleaning, vegetation trimming, plumbing repairs, and French drain installation.
- Inspect your property and use caulk or expanding foam to fill in structural cavities and voids. Doing so will keep out bees and wasps that create nests in voids.
- Inspect the ground for holes and fill the holes in. Cicada killer wasps are the only insects listed here that will make their own tunnels.
- Paint wood and apply end caps on timbers to prevent trouble with carpenter bees.
- Keep exterior lights off at night so you don't attract insects to your yard. Light will attract not only stinging insects but also other insects that wasps feed on, such as cicadas.
We hope you've found this short article informative. There are many ways you can tackle pest control on your own. If you need expert assistance or hassle-free control of the pests around your home, remember that your All-Safe Pest & Termite team can guide you toward an effective and sustainable solution. Connect with us today for wasp removal or ongoing pest control in Fort Worth.