The Problems Stinging Insects Can Cause
If you're not careful, stinging insects can take over your Waldorf property. Because they can fly and typically nest outside, keeping them out can be quite a hassle, so you may need some help to remain free of these potentially dangerous pests.
We have multiple types of stinging insects here in Maryland. Some rarely sting unless severely provoked, while others will sting at the drop of a hat, you want to be especially vigilant of the latter kind, but that doesn't mean you want the former kind around either.
Some of the most common stinging insects in Maryland include bald-faced hornets, bumble bees, carpenter bees, cicada killer wasps, European hornets, honey bees, mud daubers, paper wasps, and yellow jackets.
Solitary stinging insects, such as mud daubers and carpenter bees, are the ones that don't typically sting. Meanwhile, social wasps are the ones that will sting first and ask questions later.
This aggressive behavior dramatically increases the danger you may face because these wasps can sting as many times as they want until the perceived threat is gone, sometimes resulting in prolonged attacks that can leave you with hundreds of stings, especially if you happen upon a yellow jacket or hornets' nest without realizing it until after you've already disturbed them. It's quite common to trigger a stinging insect attack when mowing your lawn or trimming your bushes.
For most people, insect stings are not a serious threat. They are painful and unpleasant but cannot do any life-threatening harm. However, if you're allergic to insect venom, even one sting from a wasp or bee can put you in mortal danger from anaphylactic shock.
What's more, even if you're not allergic to insect stings, there have been rare occasions when wasps or bees attack with such ferocity that they envenomate their victims to the point of hospitalization or death. While not a typical occurrence, it can happen under the right circumstances, which is why wasp and bee control is so vital.
Pets are sometimes in even more danger from stinging insects than people because they don't know to leave yellow jackets and hornets alone. Dogs and cats can sometimes trigger attacks by playing with a member of a nearby hive, and their smaller size means that it is much easier for them to receive a lethal dose of bee or wasp venom; this goes for small children as well, so it is especially important if you have kids or pets to ensure your property is free of any stinging insect nests.
Our Stinging Insect Control Process
Unfortunately, controlling bee and wasp infestations is not that easy for homeowners. A myriad of different things can attract these insects to your property, and any effort by you to get rid of them can result in physical harm. This is where we come in.
Here at Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control, we know how to keep pesky and hostile bees and wasps at bay. Our stinging insect control programs include three steps. First, we'll inspect your property to determine what kinds of stinging insects you have and how severe your infestation is. We'll use ladders and extension poles to check higher-up areas and wear bee suits to ensure everyone's safety.
Once we determine the type and severity of your infestation, we'll begin treatment. We treat different stinging insects in different ways. For example, we may simply knock down a paper wasp nest because this typically encourages them to move on and build somewhere else. For carpenter bees, we'll treat their holes with insecticidal dust. We can also fill the holes for a nominal fee.
When it comes to hornet nests, we'll use dusts and sprays to destroy the colony, while we use insecticidal foams that can be injected into the ground to kill subterranean stingers like yellow jackets. We can also remove the nests of aerial hornets and wasps once empty.
We treat honey bees a little differently. Because of how vital they are to the environment and their severely declining numbers, we prefer to put you in contact with one of Waldorf's local beekeepers to remove your infestation without harming the bees. Beekeepers will ensure your property is free of these stinging and sometimes aggressive insects without harming them.
Whatever species of stinging insect we treat for you, we offer a 30-day guarantee on our home pest control so that you can rest assured your problem is gone for good.
Don't Let Stinging Insects Ruin Your Summer
Stinging insects can be a pain in the neck, quite literally. The good news is our friendly and knowledgeable Waldorf pest control experts are just a click or call away. If you have a problem with stinging insects making your property their own, don't hesitate to contact us here at Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control for a summer free from these pesky and perilous pests.