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Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest control company that provides residential and commercial pest control services that get rid of pests, including stinging insects, from homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. Our expert exterminators get rid of stinging insects fast, and use preventative methods to keep stinging insects and other pests from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - click the button below to get started, or give us a call today!

What Are Stinging Insects?

Stinging insects include bees, hornets, wasps, and other insects that become active in the United States from spring until fall. While these types of insects are beneficial to the ecosystem as pollinators and natural pest control against other insects, they are still a considerable problem when they find their way into our yards. If they feel threatened, they will inflict a painful sting that, for some, can lead to a severe allergic reaction. 

While there are dozens of species of stinging insects found in Washington D.C., Maryland, & Northern Virginia, the three primary types of invasive stinging pests infesting yards and homes in our region are paper wasps, yellow jackets, and mud daubers. 

Paper Wasps

There are many wasp species in America, but most people with a wasp problem are dealing with paper wasps. These stinging pests are common in the Eastern and Southeastern United States. Paper wasps typically measure from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in length and typically range from orange to reddish-brown in coloration. 

Paper wasp stings can be incredibly painful and pose a threat to vulnerable people or pets, especially in high numbers. They are the most active in the summer months from July through September and are most often encountered around mid-day. 

Beyond direct activity, paper wasps are identified by the distinctive nests they create, often found on your eaves or in the treeline surrounding your home. Their nests are grey or brown in coloration, made of paper-like sacs with hexagonal-patterned caves. All-in-all, their nests look like small umbrellas hanging from the surface they’re attached to. 

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are slightly smaller than wasps (3/8 to 3/4 of an inch) and can be distinguished by their bright yellow coloration with black markings. Yellow jackets have a wider abdomen and shorter legs than wasps, but their stings can be just as painful and dangerous, especially in large numbers.

Yellow jackets are fiercely territorial, and most stings occur after humans or animals wander too close to their colony. Unfortunately, because these colonies are often built underground, they are not visible, and people can stumble into the path of yellow jackets completely by accident during normal summer activities. 

Mud Dauber

Mud daubers are slightly smaller than paper wasps at about 1/2 inch to 1 inch in length. They can be differentiated by their blacker coloration and extremely slender waist. They can also be identified by the colonies they create. Depending on the species, their colony can take many forms, but in our region, they most commonly resemble brown tube or pipe-like structures, often found on trees or running down the sides of wooden residential structures. 

Direct stings are relatively uncommon with mud daubers. While mud daubers are not as aggressive as other wasp species, they will still sting if they feel provoked and become belligerent if they feel the colony is threatened. 

Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?

While stinging insects vary in danger, they can all deliver painful stings that can be dangerous to vulnerable people. In large numbers, their stings can carry enough venom to be extremely harmful to humans or pets.

Why Do I Have A Stinging Insect Problem?

There are many reasons why D.C., Virginia, and Maryland homeowners could find these stinging insects on their property. They have numerous opportunities to build nests, including in corners, under soffits, behind shutters, and in gutter systems.

Here are some ways your home could be attracting stinging insects:

  • Heavy concentrations of water-damaged or weathered wood
  • Prevalence of other bugs in your yard to prey on
  • Access to an interior shelter
  • Food or drinks left outside
  • Presence of compost piles
  • Fruit or flowers around the home

These stinging insects will be more common during the warm summer months. Unfortunately, stinging insects can be a difficult pest to remove once they become active around your home, so it’s important to prevent them as much as possible. If they choose to nest on your property and you want them removed, it’s always best to call a professional for help.

How Can I Prevent Stinging Insects In The Future?

Here are some helpful tips to prevent stinging insects from becoming attracted to your yard: 

  • Keep all exterior trash stored in sealed containers
  • Keep the lawn cut short
  • Repair any holes or gaps in your home’s exterior
  • Remove any clutter from the yard
  • Keep flowers, fruit trees, and other attractants well away from the home’s exterior
  • Eliminate any potential outdoor water resources
  • Repair any moisture damage within or around your home

Ultimately, while there are steps you can take to make your home as unappealing as possible to wasps, preventing them can be next to impossible. The best way to prevent stinging insects is with the help of a comprehensive pest management program.

How Can I Get Rid Of Stinging Insects?

Due to the danger stinging insects pose, we always recommend you don’t approach stinging insects yourself. Of course, the best way to prevent stinging insects and other pests from invading your property is always through a comprehensive residential pest management program from a certified pest control provider.

When it comes to keeping homes in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia region safe from pests, no one does it better than Miche Pest Control. Contact us today for more information!

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