What Attracts Stinging Insects To Portsmouth, OH Homes?

9/15/2021


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Bumblebees, paper wasps, and hornets are known for their dangerous stingers, but they are also important to our ecosystem. These insects are responsible for pollinating our fruit trees, vegetable plants, herbs, and flowers. There is a delicate balance between keeping them around for pollination and keeping them out of proximity to our homes where people can get stung.

Where Stinging Insects are Found and How to Avoid Them

You can be sure that stinging insects will be out in force for a little while longer. They will mostly be attracted to the sweet foods and sticky residue that are common during outdoor events. Imagine a small child wandering around your yard after a birthday party; cake crumbs around his mouth and sticky hands covered in yummy frosting. Bees, paper wasps, and hornets will be drawn to him and all that sticky goodness. The child's natural reaction will be to swat these insects away, creating a recipe for disaster, especially if the child is allergic to their venom. A few stinging insects to be on the lookout for include:

  • Bumblebees are especially menacing because their nests are located in holes near or inside the ground.

  • Paper wasps are not usually aggressive. You can find their nests under the eaves of your home or in branches of trees.

  • Yellowjackets (hornets) are the most aggressive and usually build their nests on the ground. 

All of these stinging insects have smooth stingers that can repeatedly sting their victims over and over again.
No one wants stinging insects living close to their home. The best ways to avoid these pests include:

  • Planting foliage too close to your home

  • Wearing scented toiletries and bright-colored clothing outdoors

  • Covering foods and drinks when outside

  • Cleaning up food and drink spills right away

  • Covering outside trash with a tight-fitting lid.

Ohio Pest Control Inc. Will Keep Your Portsmouth Yard Free of Stinging Insects

The best, most effective way to keeping your yard free of stinging insects without harming yourself or anyone else is to enlist the help of a professional pest control service. Taking this step is also a great way to preserve the ecosystem. Ohio Pest Control Inc. is here to help throughout Western North Carolina and some areas of Piedmont. Give us a call to get started, so you, your family, and your friends can get back outside!




 

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