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We can enjoy the outdoors for more months than many in our country. While those north of us are battling cold temperatures and snow, we can still enjoy an outdoor cookout. The downside of more months of fun in the sun is stinging insects. Nothing is more frustrating or painful than stepping barefoot onto a fire ant mound or working in the flowerbed and uncovering the opening to a yellow jacket nest. When the wasps start swarming, we start running for cover. 


Secure stinging insect control in Fort Worth from All-Safe Pest & Termite when these insects ruin outdoor fun around your house. Our family-owned and operated has removed these pain-inflicting insects for over 30 years. Thousands of satisfied customers have given us five-star reviews, and local magazines and surveys have recognized us as their "Top Pick" for pest control. All-Safe Pest & Termite began because our family recognized a need for low-toxicity but effective pest control products. Because of our commitment to excellence, we have grown from a small company to the largest independent pest control organization in the area. 


Please keep reading our article to find the answers to end the stinging insect problem on your property. 

Understanding The Threat: Identifying Common Stinging Insects

 

The scientific class Insecta encompasses many different creatures with similar characteristics. For example, insects have six jointed legs, two compound eyes, a three-part segmented body (head, thorax, and abdomen), and an external skeleton (exoskeleton). Some insects have stingers and wings; others do not possess wings (non-reproductive ants), and others have wing pads but cannot fly (female oriental cockroaches). Of course, the focus of this article is stinging insects, and although we think of flying insects, we have one type of stinging insect in Fort Worth that does not soar through the air. 


In case you are wondering what stinging insect does not fly, see if you can pick it out in our list of stinging insects in Fort Worth:

  • Carpenter bees
  • Fire ants
  • Bald-faced hornets
  • Paper wasps
  • Yellow jackets

Some insects on our list pursue their prey and repeatedly sting, while others rarely sting. We will briefly describe each to help you identify what kind of stinging insects fly around your house. 


Carpenter bees have a 1/4 to 1-inch yellow and black body. Many confuse these bees with bumble bees, but one way to tell the difference is to look at the abdomen. Bumble bees have a hairy backside, but carpenter bees have a smooth rear end. Some bee and wasp species are social, meaning they live in nests with other insects, but carpenter bees are content to live alone. As their name suggests, these bees drill holes in damp wood, not for food, but to create galleries to lay eggs. You are less likely to receive a sting from a carpenter bee since they are docile and rarely attack humans. However, that is not the case with the next insect on our list. 


Fire ants are dark-reddish brown insects that create two to four-foot-in-diameter irregular mounds in yards and fields adjacent to landscaping timbers, poles, foundations, and trees. These 1/8 to 3/8-inch insects swarm out of multiple exits to attack a perceived predator when their nest is disturbed. 


If there is one flying stinging insect that strikes fear in many people, it is the hornet. Although not as aggressive as fire ants but slightly more than carpenter bees, people fear these insects due to their painful, powerful stings. Technically, no hornets exist in Texas, but people refer to a specific type of yellow jacket as a bald-faced hornet. They are so-called "hornets" because they create aerial nests in trees, bushes, etc., have a rounder abdomen, and have black bodies with white markings on the face, legs, and backend, unlike the usually black and yellow bands found on yellow jackets. 


Another insect that creates aerial nests is the paper wasp. These 5/8 to 3/4-inch wasps have brown bodies with yellow or reddish markings. Paper wasps are social insects with long legs and a thin waist; they create umbrella-shaped paper nests on overhangs, porches, and sheltered locations. 


Closely related to the bald-faced hornet is the Texas yellow jacket. These stinging insects have a 3/8 to 5/8-inch yellow and black body with a pinched waist, similar to paper wasps. While their cousins (bald-faced hornets) create aerial nests, Texas yellow jackets build their colonies underground or in aerial locations. Exposed yellow jacket nests in trees or bushes look like giant bulbs made from paper. 


Whether you have stinging insects nesting in trees, bushes, mounds on the ground, or underneath the dirt, the stinging insect control service from All-Safe Pest & Termite can end the infestation around your Fort Worth home. 


Stinging Insect Dangers: Property Damage And Health Risks

 

While we fixate on the pain stinging insects cause, they can harm you in other ways. For example, while wood-penetrating carpenter ants and termites create pinholes in damp wood, carpenter bees bore unsightly 1/2-inch holes deep into timbers. Unlike termites, carpenter bees don't consume wood for nourishment, but like carpenter ants, they create smooth tunnels six inches to ten feet into the lumber for nests. Years of carpenter bee infestation weakens wood structures and may cause sagging floors, warping window and door frames, and other structural issues. Only female carpenter bees sting since the males do not have stingers; however, a sting from this bee species is rare. 


Unfortunately, stings from wasps and fire ants are not rare. One factor that makes these attacks painful is they possess smooth stingers capable of penetrating their victim multiple times. When wasps and fire ants sting, they inject venom. In most cases, the result is a painful red welt or fluid-filled pustule that may itch (e.g., fire ant stings) for several days. However, some people are allergic, with a potentially life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. In these instances, their immune system overcompensates for the venom and overwhelms their body with histamines and other chemicals, resulting in breathing difficulties, blood pressure drops, nausea, and vomiting. Those who suffer from this condition may require immediate medical attention after receiving stings. 


Although most stinging insects deliver venom to their victim using their hollow stingers, bald-faced hornets can also squirt venom. If you disturb a bald-faced hornet nest, the hornets will try to spray toxins into your eyes and cause temporary blindness. Bald-faced hornets have mixed environmental impacts. These insects destroy insects that harm gardens and plants, but they also kill bees, which can be bad for the environment.


Stinging insects do not spread disease like female mosquitoes, but they can be psychologically detrimental. Their erratic, quick-flying behavior, coupled with the fear of becoming a sting victim, causes anxiety in adults and children. This stress causes many to forgo outdoor activities during the day and restrict activities on the lawn. 


Stinging insects are responsible for nearly 500,000 visits to the emergency room each year, but you do not need to fear stinging insects in Fort Worth when you partner with All-Safe Pest & Termite. We can restore your outdoor space so you can enjoy cooking out, playing outdoor games, or working in the garden once again. 


Stay Ahead Of The Buzz: Tips To Prevent Stinging Insect Infestations

 

Bees, wasps, hornets, and ants help with pollination, termite control, soil aeration, and other aspects of the ecosystem. Although they are beneficial, no one wants a swarm of fire ants or yellow jackets attacking when they accidentally run over a nest while mowing. Once our technician from All-Safe Pest & Termite ends the current infestation of stinging insects on your Fort Worth property, implement these tips to deter them from gaining a foothold in the future:

 

  • Remove rotting fruit in the yard
  • Keep foods covered when picnicking outside
  • Clean up food after outdoor activities
  • Cover outdoor garbage containers
  • Eliminate standing water and moisture around the house
  • Remove decaying tree stumps
  • Paint or stain wood posts and porches
  • Avoid wearing scented products
  • Repair holes in window and door screens
  • Seal cracks in the foundation and roofline to prevent entry into the house
  • Keep doors closed as much as possible

 

When our All-Safe Pest & Termite technician inspects your property for types of stinging insects, we can provide additional tips for your situation. 


Safety First: The Importance Of Professional Stinging Insect Control

 

When you contact us at All-Safe Pest & Termite for help, we will dispatch a trained and experienced technician to investigate the situation. Our technician will work to identify attractants, nesting locations, and the offending stinging insects on your property. 


Using the data we collect, we will create a strategic plan to treat and remove existing nests. We will use low-toxicity dust and liquid products to create a barrier around your house to prevent pests from returning shortly. We follow up after the initial treatment to ensure the problem is under control; we also work with you to remove attractants to minimize the possibility of a future invasion. Those who take advantage of our recurring plans get the ultimate protection because we maintain those barriers around the house for as long as you have one of our treatment options. 


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