No matter where you live in Southern California, you’re likely to encounter some variety of stinging insect. The problem with these bugs typically doesn’t occur during the occasional encounter with a single insect, but rather when a colony of these insects takes up residence on your property
Perhaps the most common sign of a stinging insect infestation is the presence of a hive or nest. If present on your property, you’re likely to find them:
In trees and shrubs.
On building walls or within cracks in the masonry.
In woodpiles or other large mounds.
In attics, fence posts, tires, and really any other concealed location on your property.
While bumblebees prefer to live in solidarity, honey bees, hornets, and yellow jackets, prefer to live in communities. These insects are the most dangerous to humans because they are territorial and will go to considerable lengths to protect their hive and queen.
Even just one sting from a stinging insect can leave you with searing pain in the best cases, and send you into anaphylactic shock in the worst. The following are some severe reactions you may experience when stung by one of these dangerous insects:
Nausea and vomiting
Swelling of the face
Dizziness and confusion
Stomachache and other abdominal pain
Swelling at the sight of the sting
In Southern California, there are only a handful of dangerous stinging insects you really need to be on the lookout for. These insects include:
Wasps are generally considered to be beneficial since they kill large numbers of plant-feeding insects and nuisance flies. They will usually not sting while they are foraging, but if their nests are disturbed then they can become aggressive. They can sting multiple times which can result in swelling and tenderness, or life-threatening allergic reactions. Preventive Pest Control technicians are trained to look for signs of wasps and kill and remove their nests that threaten your safety.
is equipped to control the following species of Southern California wasps;
Paper Wasps: These social species are the most common here in our area. They often establish their nests under eaves or tree branches. Their nests often hang upside down with colonies ranging from 15 to 200 wasps.
Mud Daubers: They create hard nests out of mud, usually under eaves or on walls. Their nests are often confused with Swallow’s nests. Solitary and unlikely to sting humans, it is still best to remove their nests as soon as you see them.
Yellowjackets: They are considered the most aggressive of the wasp species found here in Southern California, mostly due to the potential size of their colonies, which can range from 1,500 to 15,000 individuals. They create their nests in the ground, often in unused rodent burrows.
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