Stinging Insects
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Description

There are many wildly diverse insects around the world, and there are many reasons why they're classified as pests! Most bugs are just nuisances and annoy people, while others are considered problematic because they instill fear. A lot of insects carry diseases and contaminate stores of human food. Other insects may eat away at wood causing structural damage.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of bugs that bite and sting. The most common species of biting and stinging pests include fire ants, mosquitoes, common house spiders, bed bugs, and fleas. In addition to causing harmful bites and stings, many of these insects spread deadly diseases.

Appearance

We all know what bugs look like! But some things to look out for are: bright colors and hard shiny shells. These can provide warnings to predators that this insect can cause harm.

Habitats

Many stinging and biting insects thrive wherever there is human activity! In the Southern United States however, harvester ants, fire ants, and brown recluse spiders are more common, as they typically need water and a warmer environment.

Ants will build tunnel systems underground, as well as in rotten logs, walls of buildings, and under sidewalks. Mosquitos live around standing water. Spiders construct webs, especially in secluded corners of attics. Outside, spiders may build nests in trees or live under rocks and logs. Bed bugs may nest in mattress seams and headboards. And fleas mainly live in the fur of their hosts.

Problems

Entry

Are biting and stinging known to enter homes or yards?
All biting and stinging insects infiltrate yards and homes! Ant tunnels are often made in lawns and individuals from colonies will move inside homes and heated structures during the winter months. Mosquitoes feed off people and animals and therefore hang around yards, farms, and any places where blood meals are regularly present. Spiders, like ants, often infest homes to survive cold winter weather. Bed bugs, like mosquitoes, need to be around humans in order to regularly feed. Similarly, fleas orient themselves around available blood meals, hanging around cracks and crevices close to the ground waiting to latch onto pets.

Damage

Do biting and stinging insects harm people or property?
Ants, bed bugs, and mosquitoes leave behind irritating itchy red spots where they bite people. Imported fire ants actually inject venom into their victims, which causes an unpleasant burning sensation. Mosquito bites also hold the additional threat of disease transmission, as many species carry West Nile virus, and one species caries Malaria and the Zika Virus.

Though spiders are not aggressive, they will bite people if they feel threatened or trapped. Common house spiders leave behind red marks when they bite; however, all symptoms tend to dissipate in a few hours. Brown recluse spiders are much more dangerous, as their venom can destroy skin tissue and incite severe allergic reactions!

Fleas do not typically target humans and more commonly congregate on household pets, like dogs and cats. Severe reactions to flea bites cause symptoms such as intense itchiness, hair loss, reddening skin, and secondary infections. If you suspect your pets host fleas, buy flea shampoo and use immediately!

Control

Control and Safety

There are many methods in order to decrease the possibility of encountering biting and stinging insects! Clean up liquids and solid food spills immediately, keep indoor and outdoor trash bins tightly sealed, and replace broken and ripped window and door screens. Look for and seal any cracks in building foundations, trim ornamental shrubs and tree branches to ensure they don't touch or hang over homes, eliminate areas of standing water and excess moisture, store firewood off the ground and away from homes, and bathe pets regularly. Employing any or all of these methods will make your home less favorable to these unpleasant pests!

Trapping and Removal

The variety of biting and stinging insect pests makes over-the-counter removal solutions ineffective. Critter Control technicians have extensive knowledge of the behavior of several insect species and the necessary tools to eradicate biting and stinging insects from homes. At the first sign of infestation, property owners should contact our trained professionals.

We can help you get rid of stinging insect problems! Call our Westland office today! 734.237.8692

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