Stinging Insects In New Jersey: Are They As Dangerous As They Look?

We have many stinging insects that can become problematic in our homes and out in our yards. How dangerous these insects can be, depends primarily on two factors. Today, we're going to look at these two factors and talk about how they relate to the early prevention of stinging insects.

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NJ stinging pest identification

There are more than 20,000 species of solitary wasps in the world. If you chance upon a mud dauber in your yard, you won't have as much to worry about as you would if you encountered a yellow jacket. Mud daubers are solitary insects; yellow jackets are social insects that can swarm and give chase. How dangerous a stinging insect is depends on whether or not it is a social insect.

If you chance upon a male bee or wasp, you don't have anything to worry about. Males don't have the ability to sting because they don't have the egg-laying ovipositor, which doubles as a stinger. But it is usually impossible to tell if you're looking at a male or female bee or wasp, especially from a distance.

Stinging pest identification is key in early prevention, but it has nothing to do with how dangerous these stinging insects may be; it has to do with what those insects are attracted to. Reducing attractants can help to reduce key species that may be a threat to everyone in your home, and your pets, as well.

The trouble with nests

Social insects can be mostly docile when they are away from their nests, but all social insects, including bumble bees, will swarm and attack if you get close to where they are nesting. Locating nests early and removing them can significantly reduce the threat of stinging insects in your yard and in your home. This is best done by a licensed and experienced professional. Trusted professionals use products and methods that get the job done with as little chemical product as possible. Look for a local pest control company like Arrow Pest Control that uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. This is your indication that they value eco-friendly pest control services and only use insecticides as a last resort for serious pest threats. With Arrow Pest Control, you'll be in good hands! 

Stinging control services take the sting out of your yard!

Are you dealing with bees, wasps, or hornets in New Jersey? Offering stinging insect control in Summit, Livingston, and South Plainfield as well as throughout our multi-county service area, our team of highly trained service professionals has earned a reputation for excellence; just take a look at our 5 out of 5 stars for over 1200 reviews on Google! To schedule an appointment with one of our service professionals, contact Arrow Pest Control today!

Dr. Lisa L.


‟Arrow and Brian with Arrow were amazing! He came same day when we heard scary noises in our attic. He found mice and a loose wire and even took a photo so we could see. He worked hard to crawl into a tiny space and we are so appreciate!! We can sleep tonight thanks to him.”
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East Brunswick, NJ
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