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Interesting Facts About Stinging Insects in South Carolina

The summer months and early fall are when you’re most likely to need Hilton Head wasp and bee abatement. While these bugs can be annoying or even dangerous for those with allergies, they’re also fascinating insects. Find out some interesting facts about bees and wasps that you might not have known.

Killer Bees

Do you need to worry about Africanized “killer” bees in SC? Thankfully, you don’t have to be concerned about running into these aggressive bees in the Hilton Head area. In 2016, a suspected colony of these bees was found in SC, but testing determined that they were actually a colony of European bees rather than Africanized honey bees. Africanized bees are feared due to their high level of aggression and the fact that they attack people in large numbers. These bees have also been known to chase people for more than a quarter of a mile if their nest is disturbed.

Nocturnal Hornets

You’re probably used to seeing bees and wasps out and about during the day in SC. However, European hornets emerge from their nest at night rather than during the day. This means you might want to be on the lookout for them if you’re outside at night. European hornets have a painful sting and can attack in large numbers. In fact, they have colonies that contain hundreds of members. Some colonies have populations of 400 hornets. You’ll need professional Hilton Head wasp and bee abatement services to deal with these pests if you have them on your property.

Thirsty Wasps

Wasps become a bigger issue later on in summer and early fall in SC than they are during early summer. Starting in late summer, these wasps are are looking for sweet liquids to drink. They can get aggressive if you accidentally bother them while they’re trying to drink. If you’re outdoors, make sure you keep a lid on beverages, especially juices and sodas. Avoid drinking from cans, since wasps can enter them when you’re not looking. Keep in mind that wasps have also been known to drink fermented juice, which can make them drunk.

Large Yellowjacket Colonies

Yellowjackets can be a danger to people whether you’re allergic to their venom or not. These bugs tend to form large colonies and can attack when provoked. In fact, some of their colonies have thousands of members. In some cases, yellowjacket nests end up being big enough to cover cars. If you spot any yellowjacket nests on your property, have Hilton Head wasp and bee abatement remove it safely. This stops them from being able to continue building up their colony.

What to Do About Stinging Insects

You shouldn’t try to handle or remove a bee or wasp nest on your own. These bugs can become fierce when it comes to protecting their home and colony. This increases your risk of being stung multiple times, which can be life-threatening if you have an allergy to bee or wasp venom. Professional pest control experts know how to get rid of bee and wasp nests as safely as possible. Leaving it to the experts means you don’t have to worry about disturbing them and getting stung.

Preventing Insect Stings

Keeping bees and wasps from being able to build a nest inside your home or on other structures, such as sheds and garages, helps lower your risk of being stung. You can keep them out of your home by sealing up gaps that they might be able to get into. In some cases, hanging up a fake bee or wasp nest can discourage them from coming around your property. If you do find any nests, avoid going near them and call for professional pest control right away.

If you need Hilton Head wasp and bee abatement for your property, please contact Island Pest Control.