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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Stinging Insects In Syracuse, New York

Stinging insects belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, which consists of ants, wasps, and bees. Stinging insects that are most problematic when they find their way to our properties are typically social and live together in large groups. Use this pest guide to learn about the stinging insects that call Syracuse home, why they are dangerous, and how we can work together to keep them away from your outdoor space and family wth pest control services in Syracuse.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stinging Insects

What are stinging insects?

Several types of flying insects that sting frequent our Syracuse properties; the most common include the following:

  • Bees
  • Honey Bees
  • Hornets
  • Wasps

Stinging insects are usually black or brown with yellow, orange, or whitish markings. They have segmented bodies, a stinger extending from the end of the abdomen, wings, and sometimes an attitude! Not all stinging insects are aggressive, but many are and will not hesitate to sting to defend themselves or their nests from harm by delivering painful stings.

Hornet on the ground

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are dangerous pests because, simply put, they are insects that sting! For the health and safety of you and your family, you can't allow stinging insects to become comfortable in your yard or home.

The stings from these insects are not only painful but inject venom that is potent enough to trigger allergic reactions. People severely allergic to their venom can experience a life-threatening allergic reaction from just one sting.

Sharing your property with swarming, stinging insects is unnecessary and unsettling. Their presence can make it so you and your family aren't comfortable in your outdoor space.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects in Syracuse are most problematic and active during the spring and summer. During the warmest months in our region, they actively feed, gather food to bring back to the nest, and breed. Unfortunately for homeowners, our yards offer stinging insects the reliable food sources they are looking for to sustain their colonies.

Stinging insects feed on various things, including plant nectar, insects, and other sweet liquids and proteins they find in our outdoor eating areas, trash cans, recycling bins, and compost areas. The reliable food sources that stinging insects know they can find around our homes are a significant reason why these pests are regular visitors to our yards.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Our Syracuse yards provide stinging insects with many places to nest. They like to build their nests in sheltered areas, making finding their nesting sites difficult. Some of the most common nesting sites include:

  • Roof eaves
  • Window and door frames
  • Tree branches
  • Shrubs
  • Woodpiles
  • Sheds and garages
  • Potted plants
  • Ground holes

If you ever spot or are suspicious that stinging insects are nesting in your yard or home, immediately reach out to us. Never try to remove a stinging insect nest on your own. Our professionals know how to safely remove the nest and stinging insects from your property.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

If stinging insects are nesting on your property or swarming in large numbers foraging for food, we can help. After contacting us, we will come to your property and remove the nest. In the case of honey bees, we can provide you with the names of beekeepers in the area that can assist you in removing and relocating the nest.

Once your current issue with stinging insects is solved, we can provide you with seasonal or annual preventative pest control services that will stop these pests from becoming a problem in the future.

At Gannon Pest Control, we are committed to working closely with each of our customers. We understand that each property we treat is unique and will ensure your expectations are met! For more information about our home pest control and commercial pest control treatments, reach out now!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Use the following tips to make changes around your outdoor space to help make it less interesting to stinging insects in Syracuse.

  • Keep the food you aren't eating covered when eating outside, and use cups with lids for sugary drinks.
  • Always keep lids on outdoor trash cans.
  • Rinse out cans and jars before placing them in a recycling bin.
  • Limit the number of flowering plants you place near your home's entrances and exits.
  • Remove as much standing water from your property as possible.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and yard debris that can provide nesting sites.

If stinging insects ever take over your yard, don't hesitate to contact us for help removing them. Call now to learn more about stinging insect control in Syracuse.

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