We have several stinging insects in California. When they come into our yards, they irritate us with their stings. Some insects have a very painful sting. If you're looking to get control of stinging insects in Sacramento, there is no better way to do it than to invest in pest control.
Let's take a look at two key reasons why you should make an investment in pest control to get control of stinging insects in Sacramento, discuss how professionals address these pest threats and talk about a few ways you can avoid insect bites and stings on your own.
Are Stinging Insects Dangerous In Sacramento?
In most cases, no. Stinging insects aren't generally dangerous. But, the truth is that people die from stinging insects every year. While the risk is certainly low, don't ignore it. It doesn't matter how small a pest is; even tiny stinging insects can present a life-threatening risk for your family and friends.
Consider fire ants. If an individual is allergic to the venom of fire ants, it can cause an anaphylactic response. You don't have to have dozens (or hundreds) of these tiny stinging insects attacking your feet and lower legs. It only takes one bite from one fire ant.
Wasps and bees are another severe threat. Stinging insects create nests on the side of your home or in the ground. Just like fire ants, social wasps and bees will gather into a swarm, but they don't have to crawl across the ground to get to you. They fly. The last thing you want to have is a nest of stinging insects on your property that can fly.
Venom isn't the only threat. Some insects, like mosquitoes, are a threat in that they can transmit diseases through their saliva. When these small stinging insects bite you, there is a chance they could expose you to harmful diseases. In the United States, the West Nile virus is the most dangerous. Americans are somewhat shielded from malaria, which impacts the lives of more than a million people in the world annually.
Why DIY Stinging Insect Control In Sacramento Is Dangerous
The threat that stinging (and biting) insects represent warrants investing in the best control measures possible. Unfortunately, many people try to get control of these pests on their own and leave themselves exposed to danger.
Here are a few ways residents put themselves at risk when they try to deal with stinging insects:
There are many suggestions on the internet for getting rid of fire ant mounds. Some of them are harmful. Some of them are downright dangerous. We don't recommend pouring boiling water on fire ant mounds to kill those ants, and you should never pour gasoline into the ground and ignite it.
Wasps and bees can create nests in places that are difficult to treat. Some people have fallen from ladders and out of windows trying to spray nests. A swarm has attacked some people in an enclosed area because they couldn't get out fast enough. There are many ways wasp treatments can result in injury.
When residents invest in candles, torches, essential oils, bug zappers, and other products that don't provide complete protection from insect bites and stings, they leave themselves exposed to mosquito-borne diseases. While the risk is low, this is dangerous.
The Best Stinging Insect Control For Your Sacramento Home
Hiring a licensed and insured pest professional is the best solution, whether you're dealing with small stinging insects or big ones. A licensed pest professional has the training and certifications to apply appropriate pest control methods to keep these pests from living and breeding on your property. An insured pest professional is protected from personal injury, and you won't have to pay for their hospital bills if they hurt themselves while dealing with stinging insects in your yard.
Stinging Insect Prevention Tips For Your Sacramento Home
While it is best to contact a pest professional, there are a few ways you can deal with stinging pests in your yard. Here are a few examples:
Fire ants can be drawn to your yard by the scent of garbage. If you routinely deodorize your trash receptacles, you can remove the smells that attract these ants. While this won't drive them out of your yard, this prevention tip could keep them away.
Remove aerial nests created by paper wasps early. Do routine inspections around the structures on your property during the spring. If you see a tiny nest developing, you can brush it away with a broom. Just make sure no wasps are crawling on it.
The mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are likely living in your yard. Do an inspection and remove any sources of standing water. Removing water will make it more difficult for mosquitoes to breed. Remember that they only need a half cup of water to develop from eggs to adults.
Sacramento Pest Control
Remember that the service team at Neighborly Pest Management is always available to provide you with industry-leading pest management in Sacramento. Our team knows what is needed to get control of stinging insects in California. Reach out to us anytime. We're here to help.