Identifying different stinging insects

An insect sting can inflict intense pain that lasts for a few hours, but it may have far-reaching health consequences as well. Allergic reactions to the venom in a sting can require immediate medical treatment. By understanding where they hide and what attracts them to your yard, you can avoid them until you get them exterminated.

• Hornets
At a length of up to 2 inches, the stinging insect’s body is much larger than yellow jackets that have similar yellow and black markings. Tree branches and bushes attract them as protected areas for their nests, and they may build in your attic as well. By late summer, a colony may contain 700 members, and each can sting multiple times. Your bird bath, pond or pool provides water sources that appeal to them.

• Bees
A swarm of honey bees may gather on a branch of a tree in your yard as they search for nectar. They often live in chimneys, holes in walls or hollow trees. With a body that is essentially black but has yellow stripes on its abdomen, it resembles a furry yellow jacket.

• Yellow Jackets
Trees and shrubs attract yellow jackets to your yard where they can feed on caterpillars as well as other harmful insects. Your sweets and meat appeal to them as well. Aggressively increasing their colonies by late summer, they may build nests under your porch, in a shed, inside your attic or under the ground.

Approximately half an inch long, the yellow jacket’s black and yellow stripes can make it resemble a honey bee. A smaller waist and two sets of wings can help you identify it. Locating a nest may require you to observe them leaving the site. They fly rapidly in a straight line, and the sun’s reflection on their wings can help you identify them.

• Paper Wasps
Plants that produce pollen and nectar can attract paper wasps to your yard. You can recognize their nest by its paper-like material that they produce from wood pulp and saliva. Seeking protection from the elements, they build nests in sheds, trees or under the eaves of your house. Not as aggressive as hornets or yellow jackets, they can deliver a painful sting.

• Mosquitos
Dependent on water for reproduction, mosquitos can thrive in as little as a quarter of an inch. Standing water in potted plants, ponds, children’s toys and sunken areas provide a place for larvae to hatch. Social gatherings in the summer offer many attractions for mosquitos, including dark clothing, fragrances, perspiration, breath and body heat.

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By |2017-08-29T19:23:58-04:00August 15th, 2016|Bees & Wasps|