Buzz Off: The Ultimate Guide To Stinging Insect Control For Honolulu Properties

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Stinging insects can be problematic when they move onto your property. Bees, wasps, and fire ants each have their own characteristics, but they all have stingers that they’ll use to defend themselves. Trying to remove a stinging insect’s nest can be difficult since they’re most likely to sting when their nest is threatened. 

Able Pest Management provides stinging insect control in Honolulu, designed to remove stinging insects safely.

Understanding The Threat: Identifying Common Stinging Insects

Honolulu has a few different types of stinging insects, which you can divide into three categories: bees, wasps, and ants: 

  1. Bees are almost exclusively non-aggressive. They’ll sting in self-defense, but not often. However, one type of bee can cause extra problems for property owners: carpenter bees. These bees look similar to bumble bees, but they have smooth abdomens. They drill holes in wood to create “galleries” where they lay their eggs. 
  2. Wasps look similar to bees. They have smooth bodies with defined, narrow “waists.” Wasps typically sting in self-defense, but some species can be more aggressive. If you approach its nest, you’re most likely to be stung by a wasp.
  3. Fire ants can also be in Honolulu. These ants build mound nests outside. They’ll sting if provoked, so it’s best to keep your distance. Fire ants will swarm to defend their nest, and each ant can sting multiple times. 

The Impact Of Stinging Insects On Health: The Risks Of Invasions

Insect bites and stings can be painful. These insects typically use their venom to defend their nests and to paralyze or kill prey. Most insect stings result in localized pain and swelling. You might develop a welt or blister. Some people are allergic to insect venom and may experience more serious reactions, even anaphylaxis. 

Most insects will leave you alone as long as you leave them alone, making removing a nest difficult. You should treat beehives, wasp nests, and fire ant mounds cautiously with plenty of space. 

Stay Ahead Of The Buzz: Tips To Prevent Stinging Insects

The truth is, you won’t always be able to keep stinging insects out of your yard. Flying insects that sting are tricky to prevent since they can easily come and go from your property. However, you can take steps to make your home and yard less attractive to insects and minimize your chances of stinging insect infestations. Implement these steps:

  • Seal any cracks or holes in the walls of your house to keep insects from getting inside.
  • Repair tears in window and door screens; keep doors shut.
  • Cover food outside, including food waste. Use trash cans with animal-proof lids that will stay shut.
  • Paint or stain wood to keep carpenter bees out.

You should also protect yourself from insect stings. Wear shoes outside to avoid stepping on an insect or a nest. If you see a nest, give it as much space as possible. If you see a stinging insect nearby, stay calm. As long as you aren’t a threat, the insect will leave you alone.

Don’t try to remove a nest on your own. Instead, call a professional pest control company for stinging insect identification and removal. 

Safety First: The Importance Of Professional Stinging Insect Control

Able Pest Management is your best option for home pest control in Honolulu. We provide nest removal services for all kinds of properties. Our stinging insect control is typically done as a one-time service, but we’re happy to return as needed. For fast, affordable stinging insect control, call Able Pest Management today.

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