Watch Out for Wasps, Bees, and Hornets

As anyone who’s been a victim of these insects knows, bee, hornet, and wasp stings can be painful—and even dangerous, if you’re allergic. But where one sting can simply be a painful nuisance, getting stung by a swarm of yellow and black insects is an experience you won’t soon forget. As a result, it’s important to know how to identify and deal with hornet nests or other stinging-insect habitat on your property. Advanced IPM has some tips for how to do so.

Are bee, hornet and wasp stings dangerous?

Bee stings are not dangerous to most people beyond simply causing localized pain, redness, and itchiness. If you have a minor allergic reaction, you might also experience swelling and additional discomfort. But for the five percent of people who experience a severe allergic reaction to bee stings, they can indeed be dangerous and can include symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat and tongue. The most severe reactions involve anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock.

Wasps and hornets have more venom, but hornet and wasp stings can be more painful due to the amount of venom used, and allergic reactions may also occur similar to bee stings. However, bees, wasps, and hornets tend to only sting when they feel threatened, so it is simple to avoid stings by keeping a distance.

How Not to Get Rid of a Stinging Insect’s Nest

If you’re a do-it-yourself type, you might be tempted to look up information on how to get rid of a hornet nest on your property. However, unlike painting a room in your house or fixing a dripping faucet, no how-to video can remove the risk from this DIY project. While you can try burning, flooding, or hitting stinging insects’ nests, those approaches often trigger attacks by entire swarms. Don’t do it.

How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest

When it comes to protecting their habitats, these pests can be really aggressive. Attacking a nest can endanger you, your family, and your pets. You could also seriously damage your home or property.

The best way to dispose of hornet, wasp, or bee nests is simple: give Advanced IPM a call. Our professional pest control technicians know how to remove a wasp nest the risk-free way. They have the equipment, training and supplies to get rid of this household hazard, even in crawlspaces and other confined areas.

Advanced IPM has served residential and commercial customers with safe, effective pest control in California since 1981. We’re proud to offer environmentally conscious pest control for both you and your family. We can help you avoid the risks of bee, hornet, and wasp stings that can occur when you come after these insects’ nests. Contact us today, or request a free quote on our website.