Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Wasps, mud daubers, and hornets are examples of the stinging insects that live throughout our area of Utah. They are identified by a stinger that extends from the end of their abdomens. They use their stingers to inject venom into their prey to subdue them or as a means of defense.

wasp on a leaf

Wasps, mud daubers, and hornets are all predatory species of stinging insects, preying on other insects to bring back to their nest to feed to their developing young. Their predatory behavior is beneficial as it helps to control nuisance insect populations. Stinging insects are also helpful because, while feeding on plant nectar, they help to pollinate flowers, plants, and crops.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Despite the many benefits that stinging insects provide us, they are dangerous pests and should not live high traffic areas of our yards or worse on or in our homes. Stinging insects have venom that is potent enough to trigger severe allergic reactions. Their venom in those severely allergic or in the case of a group attack can cause anaphylaxis. While not all species of stinging insects are super aggressive, all will defend themselves or colony if they feel it is necessary.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are attracted to properties that offer them ample food sources. Our yards, gardens, and homes often make the perfect place for stinging insects to build their nests near sources of food and water. You will find stinging insects are most active during the late summer months and early fall, when their colonies are at their largest, and workers are busy gathering food for the colony.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Stinging insects, depending on their species, place their nests in a variety of locations. Anything from a utility pole to a small space behind window shutters could provide a nesting spot for stinging insects. Where a stinging insect builds its nests depends on their species.

Hornets, mud daubers, and many species of wasps are aerial nesters, and build their nests in protected areas such as the following:

  • Tree branches and cavities

  • Under overhangs or in doorways

  • Between rocks or in woodpiles

  • In chimneys or attics

  • Behind wall voids

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of stinging insects with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it’s our own. To learn more about protecting your Beaver County, Iron County, or Washington County, Utah home or business from stinging insects, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Prevent problems with stinging insects the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with stinging insects:

  • Don’t overplant flowering vegetation on your property.

  • Place gardens away from the outside of your home.

  • Get rid of areas of standing water from your property.

  • Remove fallen trees, logs, and tree stumps from your yard.

  • Place woodpiles away from the outside walls of your house.

  • Remove unnecessary piles of wood or rocks from your property.

  • Caulk any openings in your home’s exterior walls and foundation.

  • Seal up holes found along your roofline.


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