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Learn More About Stinging Insects In Nashville

There are many stinging insects that call the Nashville, TN area home. Here is some helpful information about stinging insects, including what attracts them and how to discourage their presence.

What are stinging insects?

While there are many different types of stinging insects, what they all have in common is a stinger that extends from their hind end. They use the stinger to inject venom into prey or something they pose as a threat to protect themselves or their nest.

Stinging insects often view people and pets as threats in our yards and won't hesitate to deliver painful stings.

Stinging insects are social or solitary. Social stinging insects live together in large colonies and work together to gather food, care for their young, and defend the nest. Solitary females create individual nests, and each female cares for their own nest and young. Solitary species can be just as problematic as social species because many females tend to nest in the same area.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects, like wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, are helpful as predators, keeping populations of insects in check and helping a bit with pollination. However beneficial these common Nashville pests can be, it doesn't change the fact that they are dangerous when in our yards.

The venom of stinging insects is potent enough to trigger allergic reactions in people and animals. A typical response to a sting is redness and swelling at the sting site. Those severely allergic to stinging insect venom can experience more severe symptoms and even life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Stinging insects are most dangerous to people when they decide to nest in a high-traffic area of a yard or behind the walls of your home.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Any of our yards could become home to stinging insects. Things that we have in our outdoor spaces attract the attention of stinging insects.

Our yards, trees, and gardens offer sheltered spots for them to nest and places to hunt for their insect prey. Those that eat plant nectar can forage for food in flower and vegetable gardens.

Our yards also provide them with water sources like birdbaths, dripping hoses, pools, and clogged gutters.

Where will I find stinging insects?

There are many places where stinging insects can build their nests in our yards. Some nests are created in highly camouflaged and sheltered spots like in the ground, in wood, in dense shrubbery, under landscaping ties, or behind wall voids. Other nests are built in more open or visible places like tree branches, under roof eaves, on fences, and on the sides of homes or other structures.

At the first sign of large numbers of stinging insects swarming around a particular area of your property, reach out to a local professional for help removing them.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

At Cima Solutions, we are proud to call Nashville home and dedicated to providing Nashville residents with high-quality pest control. We know the stinging insects that live in our region and how to remove them from properties and implement the services necessary to stop these dangerous pests from returning. Our professionals are friendly and provide our customers with detailed and customized pest control plans that meet their unique pest control needs.

If you are looking for personalized, professional pest control, reach out to us at Cima Solutions.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Avoid problems with stinging insects in your Nashville area yard by implementing our tried and true prevention tips.

Stop stinging insects from nesting within your home by keeping caps on chimneys, repairing damaged siding, and placing mesh covers over vents. It is also important to repair damaged window screens.

Make your yard less attractive to stinging insects by maintaining gardens and keeping trees and shrubbery well pruned. Remove unnecessary woodpiles, construction materials, and other yard debris. Remove any hollow or fallen trees from your property. Try not to place flowering plants near your home's entrances.

Remove a stinging insect's easy access to food and water sources by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins, maintaining outdoor eating areas and gutters, and filling in low-lying areas that allow rainwater to collect.

Call now to learn more about our stinging insect control options.