Stinging & Biting Insects

Stinging & Biting Insects

There are various types of stinging and biting insects in Florida such as wasps, hornets, mosquitoes, yellow jackets and bees. These pests are very common during the summertime months. Their bites and stings are not only bothersome and painful, but some stinging and biting insects may pose a serious health threat to others who may be deathly allergic to their sting or bite.

Wasps

Wasps are common pests during the summer and fall months. They are attracted to picnic areas, dumpsters, parks, schoolyards and other areas where people leave food.  Most wasps are social insects that live in colonies. They are known to aggressively defend their nests by their sting. The sting oftentimes involves the injection of venom that contains a nerve poison. They are also known to sting more than once and the reaction to their sting varies from swelling and redness at the injection site to respiratory issues, anaphylactic shock or even death.

An image of a wasp on a hive.
An image of a wasp on a hive.

Wasps hang their umbrella-shaped nest by a short, narrow stem, leaving cells visible.  Their nests are found under eaves, sheds, garages, stairs, wall cavities, decks, ledges, and fire escapes.

As the fall and summer months come to an end, nests will eventually be abandoned. The removal of the wasp nest is recommended when the nest is in an area that is frequented by people and pets. Never attempt to remove the nest yourself and contact a professional to remove the nest.

Hornets are also encountered during the summer and fall months around dumpsters, picnic areas, schoolyards, and parks where people leave food. They exhibit aggressive behavior and have a potent sting. They use the sap from the plants and plant fibers to build their nest. A hornet’s nest is comprised of cells covered with a paper envelope made up of chewed wood pulp. Even though they build their nest in hollow trees, their nests have also been found on homes, buildings and wall voids. Their sting is also very painful, and they are also known to sting more than once. Reactions to their sting is similar to that of the wasp from redness and swelling, respiratory issues, nausea, anaphylactic shock and even death in some cases.

Mosquitos

There are several mosquito species found in Florida that are capable of transmitting diseases to humans and animals. Symptoms of illnesses can vary from mild to severe. Mosquito-borne diseases that are found in Florida include West Nile virus disease, Eastern equine encephalitis (affects horse populations), and St. Louis encephalitis. There are other mosquito-borne diseases that are found throughout the world that can be brought back to Florida by infected people or animals that have traveled to other parts of the world such as dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya fever, and rift valley fever.

Image of a mosquito on an arm.

Warm temperatures combined with frequent heavy rains especially during the spring and summer months produce the ideal conditions for a thriving mosquito population. Reducing or eliminating water sources on your property can help keep mosquitoes away. Female mosquitoes deposit their eggs into standing bodies of water or in areas that will be covered in water, it is important that the breeding sites be eradicated as soon as possible.

Mosquitoes will breed in anything that can hold standing water such as a clogged gutter, a bucket, birdbath, jars, cans, abandoned or poorly maintained swimming pool, tree holes and ponds where runoff water accumulates.

Mosquitos are also attracted to certain types of plants that accumulate water by keeping your yard free from weeds, bushes and tall grass you will be able to keep mosquitoes away.

Trapline Pest Solutions offers mosquito control and prevention services. We will perform an inspection to determine the breeding sites and the type of mosquito causing the problem. Upon completion of the inspection, a treatment plan will be provided listing our recommendations and course of action.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are also a type of wasp and are oftentimes misidentified as their appearance is similar to hornets, paper wasps and bees.  A worker is smaller in size while the queen is much larger in size. The misidentification of the alternating trademark bands on the abdomen which are common to bees are the primary cause of the confusion. Yellow jackets, however, lack the fuzzy coating of hair on their bodies and do not have the flat and fuzzy hind legs of bees which are used to carry pollen.

A close up of a Yellow Jacket.

Yellow jackets tend to build their nests underground using fibers scraped from wood and mixed with their saliva. Which we commonly find throughout Central Florida. Nests have also been found beneath landscape timbers, in wooded, shrubby areas, old rodent burrows, stumps, barks of trees and hollow logs. They have also been found in the wall voids of homes.

An image of a swollen lip.

They are usually encountered during the summer and fall months around parks, picnics, dumpsters, schoolyards and where people frequently picnic and leave food. These stinging insects are commonly found in Winter Park, College Park, Winter Springs, and Windermere which are all Central Florida locations in which we have successfully removed them.

Yellow jackets and hornets are attracted to any sugar sources such as soft drinks, candy, cake, and fruits. A common occurrence is when people leave their beverage uncovered while eating outside only to take a sip of their beverage and get stung on the lips by the drowning wasp found inside the can.

They are very aggressive and will defend their nests if disturbed. Their sting is very painful, and they are able to sting more than once. Reaction to a yellow jacket sting varies from swelling and redness to respiratory issues, anaphylactic shock, nausea or even death in rare cases.

Although these wasps provide a valuable service in eliminating many insects that attack ornamental and cultivated plants, they become an issue when they are near areas frequented by people such as homes, schools, and parks.

It is strongly recommended that a professional be contacted to assist in the removal of yellow jackets and their nest. Trapline Pest Solutions is Central Florida’s premier pest control and nuisance wildlife removal company, we specialize in the treatment and removal of stinging insects. Give Trapline a call to schedule an appointment today!

The Common Bee

Bees are commonly found during the summer and fall months around picnics, dumpsters, schoolyards, and parks where people picnic or leave food uncovered. They can also be found in the wall voids of homes. Stains from honey on drywall and the presence of wax moths are sure signs of an indoor infestation.

An image of bees popping out from in between two wood planks.
An image of a swarm of insects.

Wild bee colonies tend to nest in trees. They have a barbed stinger that is painful, but their stinger allows only one sting. Reaction to a bee’s sting varies from localized swelling and redness to respiratory issues, swelling behind the sting, nausea, anaphylactic shock, or even death in some cases.

Trapline Pest Solutions is Central Florida’s local bee control and removal experts. Trapline has been providing quality bee control and bee removal services since 2005, we specialize in the control and removal of bees throughout Central Florida. We are licensed and insured, and our certified-trained technicians are trained to handle the treatment and removal of bees in a safe and humane manner. Contact Trapline Pest Solutions today to schedule an appointment!

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