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Ohio Homeowner’s Guide to Stinging Insects

Yellow jacket on a flower

Nothing can ruin your time outdoors quite like having an ominous insect buzzing around. With summer approaching, you need an action plan in place to protect your family from painful stings. If stinging insects are making you feel unsafe outside, it’s time to take action.

What stinging insects are common to Ohio?

You might find any of the following in your backyard:

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Mud daubers
  • Yellow jackets

Did you know? Hornets and yellow jackets are actually types of wasps. They are also from the same family of insects as bees and fire ants.

Stings can cause different reactions. They’re typically painful on their own, but they can also cause irritation, redness, swelling, and itching for hours or days afterwards. In most cases, home treatment to relieve pain and itching from a minor reaction is all that is necessary.

A sting can cause a more serious reaction for people with allergies, requiring professional medical treatment. Anaphylaxis can be severe or even life-threatening, and more than ten stings at a time can have a toxic reaction.

How do I avoid a bee sting?

While bees may be frightening, they typically won’t sting unless provoked. This is because most bee species can only sting once – some will even die after delivering a sting!

The important thing to keep in mind is that bees are attracted to flowers, so the more you look and smell like a flower, the more attractive you’ll be to bees! If you’re spending time outdoors, try to avoid bright or floral-patterned clothing, strong fragrances, or scented cosmetics. Food will also draw bees near, so keep that in mind if you have summer picnics planned.

If bees do approach, don’t swat! Staying still as bees explore the area can keep them from feeling threatened.

Bees may be are crucial to the environment and are currently in decline so it is important to not to kill them. If you find that you have a bee problem, the pest control professionals at Epcon Lane can safely and humanely remove them from your home.

What is the difference between yellow jackets and bees?

Although yellow jackets look similar to bees they are a type of wasp and can be identified by their prominent yellow markings. To keep these menacing pests away it is best to follow the same guidelines you would for bees. Unfortunately, while bees can only sting once, yellow jackets can repeatedly sting so use extra caution to stay still when one appears. Furthermore, you should never squish a yellow jacket as it will release a signal that draws more near.

How do I get rid of hornets?

Hornets are another type of wasp and you can spot them because they are much larger than other stinging insects. They are not aggressive unless their nests are approached but they have a sting that is very painful. Be aware of any hornets you see around your home as there is likely a nest nearby. There are various sprays available to eliminate nests but unless you are particularly fearless, it is best to call a professional about removal.

Are mud daubers dangerous?

Mud daubers have a distinctive long slender middle section and are typically black. While these pests are members of the wasp family they do not typically sting. Nonetheless, they can be a nuisance. Pest control specialists at Epcon Lane can remove mud daubers and advise you on how to seal your space to prevent future nesting.

What should I do to remove stinging insects in my yard?

While bees may be frightening they typically won’t sting unless provoked. This is because most bee species can only sting once and some will even die after. The important thing to keep in mind is that bees are attracted to flowers so it is advantageous to steer clear of wearing brightly colored clothing or strongly scented cosmetics while outdoors.

Furthermore, food will draw them near so picnicking may not be the best option. If one does approach try not to swat it and stay still. Bees are crucial to the environment and are currently in decline so it is important to not to kill them. If you find that you have a bee problem the Ohio pest professionals at Epcon Lane can safely and humanely remove them from your home - call us at 330-724-0007 today for help! 

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