There is nothing quite like spring in Pittsburgh. The warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and budding trees can lift anyone’s spirits. The long, dreary winter months and the depression that they can cause can be brushed away by the first warm breeze. It truly is a magical time of year.
While spring is always a welcomed time of year here in Pittsburgh, it is also the time of year when insects become active and increase the size of their colonies. Stinging insects such as bees and wasps can be of particular concern. While it is true that bees and wasps are both ecologically important creatures that help to pollinate plants and to control certain insect populations, when they choose to nest too close to your home or near the outdoor areas that you frequent, they become a danger.
Solitary species like the carpenter bee pose a danger to the structural integrity of your home by creating holes in the wooden surfaces of decks, rails, and wooden play equipment. They will also damage unprotected wooden surfaces of garages, sheds, and homes. The carpenter bee creates holes in this wood and then burrows to create a tunnel to lay their eggs. While they are known as solitary creatures, several bees can infest the same piece of wood. Over time, these nesting areas can weaken wood resulting in costly damages. Further and more rapid damage occurs when woodpeckers, who love to feed on carpenter bee larvae, peck at these holes.
Social species such as the hornet, yellow jacket, and paper wasp are common insects here in Pittsburgh. These are some of the most dangerous stinging insects for you to come in contact with because they can be very aggressive and they have smooth stingers which allow them to sting multiple times. These wasps are quick tempered and will decisively respond to any perceived threat with an aggressive attack. They also will send a signal to their family, and the whole colony will rush to the aid of an endangered member. Their venom is able to create life-threatening situations for those that are allergic or for those with no allergic history that are stung multiple times.
Honey bees, which fall into the category of social insect, can also be found in Pennsylvania, but they are a protected species in most areas making proper identification of these insects the most important first step. Honey bee nests that encroach on properties should be safely removed by a specialist and relocated and should not be eliminated if at all possible.
Dealing with stinging insects on your Pittsburgh property takes much more than a spray and fast legs. Proper identification, proper safety gear, proper materials, and proper knowledge of the stinging insect’s habits and habitats are an important part of successfully removing or eliminating the entire colony.
Many Pittsburgh residents trust the reliable services of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most advanced pest control company, Witt Pest Management, for their stinging insect identification and elimination services. We offer the most innovative and effective materials, technology, and procedures to ensure the safe removal of stinging insects and their nests.
To learn how the experts here at Witt Pest Management can help you to deal with the stinging insects on your Pittsburgh property, simply contact us today.