If you spend any time outdoors during the spring, summer, or fall, it is not uncommon to encounter pesky insects that will deliver a painful sting or hone in on your CO2 to suck your blood. Although stings and bites are a common occurrence, the itching, redness and swelling that is left in their wake can be painful and annoying.
For some people, a sting from an insect can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction. Paper wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, domestic honey bees, bumble bees, and the Africanized “killer bee” are the most common types of stinging insects in the United States that deliver a venomous bite or sting. Some ants are also known for their poisonous bite, in particular, the fire ant, which has not yet made it to New Jersey but is heading closer with each passing season.
Because many of these stinging/biting pests live in colonies, it is not uncommon to be attacked by more than one insect at a time. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets in particular are known for their aggressive behavior. Once one has stung you, they send out a signal to others in the colony that they too must be in attack mode. This is particularly dangerous when a person happens upon a nest by accident.
Not all bee species lose their stingers and die after stinging you. Many are able to deliver their venomous punch over and over again. People who have not had a reaction to bee stings in the past will often find that being attacked by a colony of insects causes serious medical problems.
Call NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group for help with bees, hornets, carpenter bees, and wasps.