September 28, 2018
Why Bees, Wasps, and Yellow Jackets Are Still Stinging
While we typically think of summertime as the busiest time for stinging insects, that’s not really the case. Stinging insects are busy well into the fall and can become greater in numbers and more aggressive as winter approaches. Here in South Carolina, the return of kids to school and the approaching fall might signal the end of summertime pests but these stingers still have lots of busy work, and extended periods of warm weather will keep them going strong for a while longer.
In the late spring and early summer, bees, wasps, and yellow jackets are just getting started with their nests. Their queens are laying the first eggs and the larvae are starting to hatch. It takes time for these baby stinging insects to develop into adults. By the time fall approaches, everyone is all grown up and the nests are full. It’s at this time that the adult stinging insects begin preparing to protect the queen for winter. With nests at full capacity and protective instincts heightened, bees, wasps and yellow jackets can become more aggressive and sting more frequently.
It’s a good idea to not let your guard down as summer winds down. There are still many days ahead, where stinging insects can be problematic. As you enjoy late-summer pool days and revel in the cooler summer temps, it is important to watch out for stinging insects and to take the same precautions you do all summer long.
- Keep food covered or put it away quickly when picnicking outdoors
- Close trash can lids and keep compost piles away from gathering areas
- Limit the number of water sources around your property
- Wear shoes when outdoors and avoid strong perfumes and lotions
- Keep your eye out for nests
If you discover that you have a nest of stinging insects on your property, it is not a good idea to try to remove it yourself. Not only will disturbing the nest put you at risk for stings but you may inadvertently harm beneficial stinging insects such as honey bees. The professionals at Aiken Pest Control not only know how to identify stinging insects but are experts in proper nest-removal techniques. Please give us a call if you suspect a stinging insect problem on your property. We are happy to come out and give you a free inspection and lay out a plan for ridding your South Carolina home of pesky bees, wasps and yellow jackets.