Stinging Insects

Yellow JacketThere are a lot of stinging insects in the world, and they seem to be particularly prolific in the summer. Not only can they cause a painful injury, they are also responsible for sending people to the hospital. Of course, if you are allergic to the sting, you need to seek medical treatment following an incident. However, stinging insects can cause problems for just about anyone, depending on the number of stings you receive. Bees and wasps, scorpions and fire ants all fall into this category.

Bees and Wasps

Yellow Jackets are aggressive; they are easily identifiable because they have a yellow and black striped body. Honey bees look like yellow jackets because of their coloring, but they have hair, they are fatter and their color is duller in comparison.

Bumble bees are fuzzy and buzz when flying through the air. Carpenter bees look a lot like bumble bees, except they do not have a fuzzy abdomen and are often spotted alone and near wood. Male carpenter bees do not sting.

In order to deal with wasps and bees, you must find and destroy the nest. You can attempt to do so on your own, but doing so can be dangerous. It is best to go near the nest in the evening, because the hive isn’t as active. If you don’t want to deal with it, contact a licensed pest control technician.


Scorpions have eight legs, a stinger and claws. They find their way inside in order to secure food and shelter. The first step in keeping them out of your home involves sealing up any cracks and crevices around the interior of the home. In particular, pay attention to the windows and doors, as well as the pipes and utility lines.

Most people will ultimately be fine after getting stung by a scorpion. However, the stings are painful and can cause swelling and pain. The very young and the very old may have difficulty breathing or could start to throw up. In Alabama, the Hentz Striped Scorpion and the Southern Unstriped Scorpion are the most prevalent.

In order to avoid a sting, do not touch a scorpion if you see one. Look inside your shoes before you put them on and be particularly careful when the weather is bad.

Fire Ants

Fire ants seem to be everywhere right now. The problem with fire ants is that they look a lot like regular ants. However, unlike regular ants, they can sting you and cause blisters. The stings are painful and take a while to heal. Fire ants are very aggressive, which is why it is important to deal with a nest right away. You can try baiting the nest if you have a problem; when done effectively, this should take care of the issue.

Stinging insects should not be taken lightly. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the different types to look out for. If you are concerned that you may have a problem, speak to a pest control professional to determine what to do.

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