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There are many insects that can become an issue when they take up residence in our yards. And while most stinging insects aren't looking to sting us, it still happens. A lot. And when it does, it can be painful and sometimes life-threatening depending on the individual. Let's take a look at a few stinging insects that are common pests in our Eastern Tennessee area and discuss some of the ways the team here at Russell's Pest Control can help you prevent unwanted encounters with them!

Stinging Insects In Eastern Tennessee

There are two basic kinds of stinging insects, solitary and social. Solitary insects work together in a loose-knit fashion and don't have the swarming or nest-protection instinct that is common amongst many stinging insect species. Social insects work together closely to build their colonies and have varying levels of swarming or nest-protection instincts. Of the five pests we're going to discuss today, only one is classified as a solitary insect. While they have the word "killer" in their name, they are typically harmless to humans. That pest is the cicada killer wasp!

As a species of solitary wasp, cicada killers rarely sting people, and because of this, aren't generally considered a threat to humans. These stinging insects also perform a pretty helpful job; they work to control cicada populations, hence their name. As homeowners, we don't usually have to do anything to control cicada killers other than assuring people that cicada killers are mostly harmless, even though they can measure up to 2 inches in length. However, these pests can become a problem when they dig into the soft ground on your property to create their burrows, resulting in damage to your lawn. But at Russell’s, we have EPA-approved products that work to resolve this issue.

Social insects such as paper wasps, yellow jackets, European hornets, and bald faced hornets are nest protectors. This makes them a serious threat for untrained individuals who attempt to remove their nests on their own. All of these insects are likely to swarm if they perceive a threat and, unlike honey bees, these stinging pests have no barb on their stinger which allows them to sting multiple times. This gives them a greater potential to cause serious injury!

How Do You Treat For Stinging Insects?

Treatment for these four different stinging pests is dependant on several factors. One of the most important is the location of their nests. Wasps and hornets can establish aerial nests, ground nests, and nests inside of voids. If they choose to create a nest inside the void of your home, it can present many challenges for an untrained individual. The worst-case scenario is that those wasps or hornets will be driven deeper into your home where they can then enter into your common areas.

Aerial nests can be complicated to deal with as well. While there is usually no risk of those insects being driven into the home with these nests, they can be in hard-to-reach locations such as at the top of a tree or on a roof overhang which can make them hard to remove. But when you partner with us at Russell's Pest Control, our technicians will use EPA-approved products to make sure that all of those insects and their aerial nests are eliminated safely and effectively.

When it comes to ground nests, they must be evaluated before being removed as it can be difficult to determine the extent of the tunneling under the ground or how large a nest might be. And once they have been evaluated and the best method of removal has been identified, your Russell’s Pest Control technician will treat these locations with an EPA-approved product that is proven to eliminate the targeted pest. Unlike many of the DIY stinging insect control suggestions on the internet that can be ineffective and dangerous, these products have a proven track record of completely eliminating yellow jacket nests in a safe and efficient manner.

The best solution when dealing with stinging insects is to invest in ongoing detection and removal of the nests on your property. Don't wait until you have dozens or even hundreds of wasps or hornets flying around your home and getting in through your doors and windows to reach out to the professionals for help. The proactive control of yellow jackets and wasps comes with all of our pest control programs. Take a look at our Power, Power Gold, Power Plus+, and Power Platinum programs and find the one that lines up with your pest control needs and your budget. With our programs, you'll get essential control for stinging insects as well as over 30 other common pests. And some of the pests we provide protection for are far more dangerous than yellow jackets; ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rodents, and other disease-spreading pests can present a serious health risk for Tennessee families!

For more information about our residential pest control programs or to get your free, no-obligation estimate, reach out to us. We'll send a licensed professional right to your door to help you figure out what services are the best fit for you and to get your home and family the protection they need!


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