Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Many things are unpleasant. Stubbing your toe on a coffee table is unpleasant. Having a tooth pulled while you're awake is unpleasant. Finding out you only have ten cents in your bank account when you thought you had twenty dollars is unpleasant. When we think of the word unpleasant, one thing stands above all the rest, and that is being stung. If you've ever been attacked by a stinging insect and would like to avoid this unpleasant encounter in the future, read on to find out three things you can do.
Types Of Stinging Insects In West Phoenix
There are a number of stinging insects that live here in West Phoenix. We have bald-faced hornets, bumble bees, sweat bees, paper wasps, cuckoo wasps, great black wasps, honey bees, cicada killers, yellow jackets, fire ants, and many more.
To help break things down for you today, here are three of the most common stinging insects and how to identify each.
There are a few different species of paper wasp that live here in West Phoenix. Most commonly, paper wasps are a brownish color and have yellow or occasionally red markings. One of the best ways to identify a paper wasp is by its pinched midsection.
Honey bees are fatter and harrier than wasps. To identify a honey bee, look for its golden color and yellow bands. When scavenging pollen, a honey bee might appear as if dusted with golden powder.
Yellow jackets are a more aggressive species of wasp that live here in West Phoenix. Identify this pest by its black and yellow-patterned body and pinched midsection. In nature, yellow jackets are often mistaken for honey bees due to their similarity in color and wider bodies.
Problems Stinging Insects Cause
All stinging insects are different in the problems they cause. Honey bees have a barbed stinger, which they often leave inside the skin after they sting. The good news is that these pests are rarely aggressive and will only attack if they feel directly threatened or trapped. Yellow jackets, on the other hand, are extremely aggressive and overprotective of their nests. Unlike honey bees, yellow jackets, along with other wasps, can sting multiple times, making them more dangerous.
We could fill books with the different threat levels of all 64 species of stinging insects here in Phoenix pose, but we won't bore you with the details. There isn't a single stinging pest on that list you want sharing your property with you.
How To Prevent Stinging Insects
There is no guaranteed way to prevent stinging insects, but there are three things you can do to limit your exposure. Eliminate attractants, avoid trying to handle larger nests on your own, and seal off your home and outbuildings.
Here are some practical ways to do these three things.
Clean your yard thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
Pick up fruit that drops into your yard.
Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
Get rid of flowers and other budding plants from your property.
Regularly inspect your roofline, trees, exterior walls, and decks for fresh nests.
Eliminate golf ball-sized nests with a long broom when their residents are away. Anything bigger than this could host several stinging insects and could be extremely dangerous to handle alone.
Seal the exterior of your home and outbuildings using a caulking gun.
Make sure your screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are in good condition.
Fill in holes around your property.
If stinging insects have already settled on your property, your next step should be to get a professional involved. At Triton Pest & Weed Control, LLC, we offer quick and effective removal services for stinging insects. Don't risk your health and safety, trying to eliminate dangerous pests on your own. Give our team a call today, and let us safely find your solution to stingers.