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Stinging insects are some of the worst pests to deal with. Their stinging can cause mild discomfort to severe allergic reactions. They have a reputation for sending people to the emergency room. There are various types of stinging insects. Below are of the most common aggressive stinging insects encountered during the Summer according to the National Pest Management Association. Click on the images below to learn more.


Honey bee colony work

Tips on Avoiding Aggressive Stinging Insects

  • Seal cracks and crevices: Seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep stingers from moving indoors, and regularly inspect around the property’s perimeter for nests.
  • Keep food covered: During a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside and be sure to keep tight fitting lids on trash bins.
  • Drink out of clear containers: Stinging insects can sneak into cans unnoticed, so it’s important to be able to see that a liquid is pest-free when drinking it.
  • Avoid excessive use of fragrances: If spending long periods of time outdoors, skip the perfume or cologne, as yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. When possible, choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions and sunscreen.
  • Adjust wardrobe: Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, as these patterns can attract stinging insects. Wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas where hornets and other pests often nest.
  • Remain calm, cool and collected: Do not swat at stingers or flail in a panic—these movements may actually provoke an attack. Instead, remain calm and slowly walk away from the area. The insect should fly away without causing any harm.


What to Do If You Have an Infestation?

Due to the aggressive nature of these stinging insects, all hives and nests should NEVER be handled or removed on your own. Some colonies can contain hundreds of insects and can sting en masse in defense of their nest. It is important to contact EM Pest Control, a pest professional, to remove the nest and relocate it to a safe area. 






EM Pest Control holding hornets nest