Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Hornets, wasps, and mud daubers are all stinging insects you might experience in your yard. But did you know hornets are wasps? The difference between wasps and hornets is that hornets are larger and more aggressive than other common wasp species around Oklahoma City, OK.

Mud daubers are also types of wasps, but they are a solitary species and not social like the wasps we usually think of. 

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Despite their ability to sting, these common pests aren't always dangerous. Mostly, they will leave you alone if you don't bother them. However, social species are more aggressive than solitary species because they are territorial and protect their colonies.

Unless you are allergic, a sting from one of these pests will usually result in mild swelling and pain. But social species can swarm, with each individual stinging multiple times, which can be a much bigger safety concern. So, in general, it's best not to try and handle stinging insects on your own and allow pest professionals to assist you. 

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

You might be attracting stinging insects to your property with food sources, including flowering plants or other insects. But it might not always be clear why these pests have chosen your property to make themselves at home until you have a professional perform an inspection to identify the conducive conditions present. 

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects will build nests in different places depending on the species. For example, mud daubers are a solitary species, so they build small nests out of mud, usually under eaves. In comparison, other stinging insects build large nests in trees, cavities, or underground. 

However, stinging insects can also make their way into homes, building nests inside walls, garages, sheds, and other similar areas.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Don't try to perform hornet and wasp removal on your own; doing so can put you and others in danger. Instead, let our highly trained Killin' It Termite and Pest experts assist you. 

We offer two pest control plans that can help you have a stinging insect-free property; Killin' It All General Plus Plan and Killin' It All Complete Plan. Both of these plans provide monthly reoccurring services to keep up with maintaining a pest barrier around your home.

Find out more information about how we can assist with hornet and wasp control for your home and business by calling us at Killin' It Termite and Pest today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Stinging insects can be difficult to prevent, but there are several things you can do to make your property less attractive to these critters, including the following:

  • Stinging insects are attracted to sweet things, so you should reduce flowering plants in your yard, rinse out cans and food containers before throwing them away, and pick up fallen fruit.
  • Keep stinging insects from getting inside your home by sealing any cracks and holes to eliminate potential entry points.
  • Eliminate nesting sites by removing dead trees and stumps, keeping shrubbery and foliage cut short, and filling in ground holes.
  • Reduce moisture in your yard by removing organic debris.

Because wasps and hornets are predators, reducing conditions that attract other insects can also help prevent stinging insects in your yard; ask our team at Killin' It Termite and Pest for more tips.