Stinging Insect Pest Control
Stinging insect infestations must always be handled with caution and skill. At Pest Solutions, our bee and wasp technicians are trained to handle all kinds of stinging insect nests, no matter the size or location. Our team can provide you with a thorough pest inspection, effective pest treatments, and a pest solutions maintenance plan to ensure the infestation doesn’t return.
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Kinds of Stinging Insects
At Pest Solutions, we treat a number of stinging insects. We provide pest inspections and removal services for the following insects:
The word ‘wasp’ is a broad term used to describe a number of stinging insects, including yellow jackets and hornets. While there are both social and solitary species of wasp, most wasps you’ll find in Washington are social. These wasps build nests by secreting a waxy substance with which they construct paper-like nests.
When attacked or distressed, wasps emit a pheromone that attracts and signals the rest of the colony to return to the nest to defend it. This makes living around stinging insects so dangerous. If a pet or family members should accidently hurt or threaten a wasp near its hive, they can be stung multiple times by up to several hundred insects. This can be very dangerous, particularly for small children or those who have allergies to insect stings.
Most yellow jackets in Washington have distinctive black and yellow marks across their bodies. While they are similar in size and color to bees, yellow jackets are in fact wasps and demonstrate similar characteristics. Colonies can grow to contain between 4,000 and 5,000 workers.
Hornets are also part of the wasp family, but distinguish themselves from yellow jackets by their size and color. Their stings are uniquely painful, making it vital that a hornet infestation be handled by professionals. The European hornet is the most common throughout North America. Never attempt to remove a hornet’s nest without professional assistance from a pest control company.
(Due to environmental protection laws, it is unlawful for us to destroy or remove honey bee nests.)
Stinging Insect Services
While these stinging insects do serve as a source of natural pest control for other smaller insects, the threat they pose to home and property far outweighs their benefit.
At Pest Solutions, we have discovered a stinging insect pest removal method that is both thorough and effective. After determining the species of the insects and locating the nest, our technicians spray the nest down with a specially formulated pesticide. This pesticide will kill the hive in 15 and 20 minutes. Once the insects are dead, we remove the hive. This prevents another swarm from discovering the hive and starting a new nest inside.
When Should I Contact a Pest Control Company?
If found early on, a wasp’s nest is usually small enough that homeowners can use store-bought products to safely eliminate the insects. If a nest has grown too large, or if a family member is allergic to wasp stings, it is vital that professional services be sought to handle the issue. A pest control company be contacted when:
- The nest is inside the home (attic or walls).
- The nest is large.
- Alternative removal methods have proven unsuccessful.
- Family members are allergic to stinging insects.
- Stinging insect infestations are a reoccurring problem for your home.
If any or all of these conditions apply to you, Pest Solutions can help you to remove this dangerous infestation and restore your home’s safety and integrity.
Contact Pest Solutions
At Pest Solutions, we provide thorough pest inspections, pest exterminations, and a comprehensive pest maintenance plan. Our team of expert technicians are dedicated to providing services that eliminate these threatening pests and prevent their future return. For more information about how Pest Solutions can help to rid your property of dangerous stinging insects, contact us today at (206)-447-9996 or by filling out our contact form.