Why Stinging Insects Require Professional Treatment
When it comes to pest control problems, no saying is more appropriate than "out of sight, out of mind." We don't think of termites until we see dozens of winged swarmers come crawling out of a hole in our dining room floor. We don't think about cockroaches until we flick the light on in the bathroom and find one perched on the bristles of our toothbrush or see one scurrying out from under your stove while heading downstairs for a midnight snack. And just like in the scenarios above, we often don't think of stinging insects until we are surrounded by a swarm of them.
Swarms can happen in many places. You may find yourself mowing the lawn and feel like the lawnmower is kicking rocks out at you, only to realize that those aren't rocks, they're yellow jackets! You may be cutting some 2x4s on the table saw in your garage and see several angry paper wasps landing on your forearms through the vibrating lenses of your safety glasses. You might be clipping some bushes in your landscaping and accidentally disturb a bald-faced hornet nest under your steps. These situations happen all the time. But they don't have to!
Routine inspections are one of the biggest reasons to hire a professional. When you have scheduled visits from an experienced and licensed professional, you don't have to worry about hidden nests in your yard. Your technician will take care of them for you!
Nest removal is the single best way to prevent unwanted encounters with stinging insects. Most stinging pests only sting because they are protecting their nest. If you were to see them roaming around in your yard, you would probably have no issues at all. Bees, wasps, and hornets typically aren't looking for a fight. Granted, some are more aggressive than others (that's right yellow jackets, we're looking at you!) but most won't pay any attention to you unless you accidentally make contact with them like stepping on them, for example.
If you currently have a nest on your property that you need removed, it is best to turn to a professional for this as well. A professional pest control company, such as the experts at Schendel Pest Control, will be aware of the pest bees, wasps, and hornets in your region and their specific behaviors. This is important to know because paper wasps, yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and European hornets have different behavior patterns and habitat preferences. Knowing what to expect can prevent innocent bystanders from being stung.
Your Schendel pest professional also knows what procedures are necessary to prevent stinging pests from accidentally entering the house during nest removal. If you've ever tried to remove a nest and had this happen, you know exactly what we're talking about. It is super frustrating!
Most of all, your Schendel pest professional has a knowledge base of strategies that can be used to remove nests with the use of little or no chemicals. If insecticides are required, EPA-approved products will be applied according to all safety guidelines set forth by government agencies.
Speaking of government agencies, some stinging pests are important pollinators and are protected by the federal government. If you're dealing with honey bees, for example, you could find yourself in some deep water if you try to remove them yourself. At Schendel, our pest professionals are aware of the laws governing the proper treatment of honey bees and other important pollinators.
A lot can go wrong when you try to remove hives or nests on your own. You could exposure yourself and others to harmful chemicals. You could slip off a ladder and fall. You could find yourself trapped in a room with thousands of angry stinging insects. You could have dozens of unfriendly wasps come right through the window you thought you could hang out of to spray their nest. You could inadvertently harm beneficial pollinators. For all these reasons and more, stinging insect control is best left to the experts.
If you live in our Kansas service area and are dealing with one of the stinging pests listed above, or you have some other issue not related to stinging pests such as a carpenter ant infestation, contact us and request a free, no-obligation pest control inspection for your home. We'll send an experienced professional to your home to help determine the best course of action for your specific situation. You won't get any high-pressure sales pitches, just the information you need to make a sound decision on how to deal with those invasive, stinging insects. Get started by clicking here. It's that simple!
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