What Is Attracting Stinging Insects To My Katy Property?
October 21, 2020
Getting stung is something that happens to most kids. In fact, it is one of the earliest experiences in life that teaches us small things can hurt. If you had a negative experience with stinging insects as a kid, there is a good chance you still fear these pests. Regardless of your feelings, it is fair to assume you don't want them anywhere near your Katy home. Here are a few things for you to consider to help you better understand stinging insects and why they are attracted to properties.
Problems Stinging Insects Cause
It probably goes without saying, but stinging insects sting and this is arguably the biggest problem these pests pose around properties. It isn't, however, the only issue they cause. Some stinging insects such as carpenter bees burrow unsightly holes into untreated wood. Wasps build large nests on the side of homes and trees that are often hard to get rid of.
One thing we should talk about is the different threat levels among stinging insects. On the low end of the spectrum are honey bees. These plumper, furry insects will only sting you if directly threatened and are generally docile.
Fun fact: a honey bee doesn't always die when it stings someone; as long as the person who is stung stays calm, it will wiggle until it frees itself, stinger and all.
In case you don't know, wasps can sting multiple times with no risk to their health. Yellow jackets are the most aggressive wasp species in our area. These pests become more aggravated during certain times of the year and will sting people if they think they mean them harm.
Things That Attract Stinging Insects
All stinging insects live on a diet of either sweets, meats, or both. Honey bees gravitate to properties with a surplus of flowers and other budding plants. Wasps enjoy areas where they have easy access to sugar and protein-rich foods such as fruits, insects, and food and beverages left out after outdoor gatherings. If your property has an influx of these things, stinging insects will be more likely to settle in nearby.
How To Prevent Stinging Insects
There are a few things that help in reducing your chances of a stinging insect infestation. Here are some of the best tips our experts recommend using around your property:
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings making sure no foods or drinks are left out.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
- Pick up fruit that dropped from trees around your yard.
- Fill in holes in your yard and garden.
- Seal gaps and cracks in your home's exterior foundation and around window and door frames using a caulking gun.
- Consider reducing the number of flowers and other budding plants around your property.
- Regularly look for and knockdown premature nests that are the size of a golf ball or smaller.
The Best Way To Remove Stinging Insects
If wasps or bees have settled down on your property, do not try to handle them on your own. The last thing we want is for you to get hurt trying to eliminate these pests. To stay safe and effectively remove stinging insects from your property, trust the experts at Pro Pest. Our team has the safety equipment and tools needed to eliminate nests of all shapes and sizes.
Give us a call today or reach out through our website for any questions about our stinging insect control or to schedule a service visit for your Katy property. Trust us to handle all of your pest related problems. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control offerings.