Around 500,000 Americans visit emergency rooms every year with stinging insect bites. Knowledge of identifying them and knowing their threats will be helpful as many stinging insects may be nesting right in your backyard where you spend a lot of time in warmer months.
Apart from health threats, stinging insects can also cause severe property damage. Considering they help in pollination, only those that are nesting very close to your property should be controlled.
Ants, Bees and Wasps are all Stinging Insects. There are 9,000 species of ants, 20,000 species of bees, and 800 species of stinging wasps worldwide.
In USA there are only around 700 species of ants, 35 species of bees and 30 species of wasps.
The Three most aggressive stinging insects that can cause greatest medical risk are
- Fire Ants
- Africanized “Killer” Bees
Fire ants are dark reddish brown in color and about quarter of an inch, they build their nest mounds outdoors in landscape areas or near a structural foundation and are found nesting indoors rarely near water resource. The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Often, a person stung by a red imported fire ant receives multiple painful stings from more than one of the ants, as all ants live in colonies.
Africanized Killer Bees are almost identical to normal honeybees in appearance. They can nest in almost any place in your yard. Although the venom of an Africanized bee same as that of a honeybee, they are very aggressive and attack in large numbers when disturbed and can follow almost until quarter of a mile. These are dangerous as they can cause severe injuries or even death in some cases due to the high volume of stings.
Yellow Jackets have yellow and black head with a patterned abdomen and live in large colonies building paper carton like nests, which can be found both above, and below ground. These insects are very territorial and sting multiples times when disturbed to protect their territory. Other than pain, redness and itching, Yellow jackets stings can also be responsible for infection. A contaminated stinger can inject bacteria beneath the victim’s skin, causing blood poisoning.
It can be handy to have a pressurized insecticide spray like PT WASP FREEZE II AEROSOL to protect yourself in case you encounter these stinging insects.
This insecticide is specially formulated to provide instant knockdown of Bees, Hornets, Spiders, Yellow Jackets and Wasps.