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Pest Control Guide - Stinging Insect Control in IN, KY, & IL

Some would consider this to be the most troublesome of all insects - those who sting or bite. The majority of insect stings in the U.S. come from yellow jackets, hornets, wasps and bees. These insects are most dangerous in the vicinity of their nests. Some types of stinging/biting insects include:

bumble beeBUMBLE BEE

Description

  • Bumble Bees are 1/4”-1” in length.
  • They are yellow and black striped with a fuzzy appearance to the body.
  • Bumble bees are social insects that live in colonies and defend them by stinging.
  • They build nests in loosely constructed materials such as leaf piles, grass piles, bird nests and wood piles.

Control Methods

  • Locating the bumble bee nest is critical.
  • Once the nest has been located applying insecticide dust directly to the nest will achieve control.
  • Liquid insecticides can be used but will not provide the control that dusts will.
  • Remove the nest after the bees have been eliminated to prevent other pests from stealing the bumble bee larvae.

HONEY BEE

Description

  • Honey bees are about ½” to 5/8” in length.
  • They are orange with black stripes.
  • They produce honey which feeds the young and old bees.
  • All workers in the colony are female and males are only produced when egg laying is needed.
  • They are social insects and defend their colony by stinging anything that is a threat.
  • Often when colonies become too large the single queen will produce a new queen and cast her out to start a new colony. This is referred to as a bee “swarm”.
  • Each nest may be used for many years and colonies of over 20 years are not uncommon.

Control Methods

  • Treat hive with an insecticide dust by using a hand duster or a dust-stick.
  • If in a tree; dust the entrance and follow up in 2 days.
  • If in a wall void; dust the entrance and remove the hive as soon as possible to prevent further insect activity in the hive.

bald-faced hornet BALD-FACED HORNET

Description

  • Bald-faced Hornets are 5/8” to 3/4”
  • They are black with pale yellow stripes and a pale yellow face.
  • Bald-faced hornets are a type of large yellow jacket that produce a paper nest.
  • The nest is usually a free standing nest in a tree or shrub but often it is attached to a structure.
  • Bald-faced hornets are social insects, which defend their colony with painful stings.
  • Each nest is used only once and abandoned in the fall.

Control Methods

  • Dust the hive entrance using a hand duster of dust-stick.
  • Once the number of hornets has been reduced, remove the nest by clipping it out of the tree or scraping it off of the structure and placing it in a bag.

Yellow Jacket YELLOW JACKET

Description

  • Yellow Jackets are 3/8” to 5/8” in length.
  • They are yellow and black striped.
  • Yellow Jackets build paper nests in wall voids, wood piles, grass clippings or ground holes.
  • Yellow Jackets are social insects that protect their nest aggressively.
  • They are capable of multiple stings.
  • They use the nest only one season and then abandon it in the fall.

Control Methods

  • Locate the entrance to the nest.
  • Apply a dust insecticide with a hand duster or dust-stick directly into the nest.
  • After treatment remove the nest if possible.

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Cities in Clay County, IL
Clay City
Flora
Ingraham
Louisville
Sailor Springs
Xenia

Cities in Edwards County, IL
Albion
Bone Gap
Browns
Ellery
West Salem

Cities in Gallatin County, IL
Equality
Junction
New Haven
Omaha
Ridgway
Shawneetown

Cities in Hamilton County, IL
Broughton
Dahlgren
Dale
Macedonia
Mc Leansboro

Cities in Hardin County, IL
Cave In Rock
Elizabethtown
Karbers Ridge
Rosiclare

Cities in Lawrence County, IL
Bridgeport
Lawrenceville
Saint Francisville
Sumner

Cities in Pope County, IL
Eddyville
Golconda
Herod

Cities in Richland County, IL
Calhoun
Claremont
Dundas
Noble
Olney
Parkersburg

Cities in Saline County, IL
Carrier Mills
Eldorado
Galatia
Harrisburg
Muddy
Raleigh
Stonefort

Cities in Wabash County, IL
Allendale
Bellmont
Keensburg
Lancaster
Mount Carmel

Cities in Wayne County, IL
Barnhill
Cisne
Fairfield
Geff
Golden Gate
Johnsonville
Keenes
Mount Erie
Rinard
Sims
Wayne City

Cities in White County, IL
Burnt Prairie
Carmi
Crossville
Emma
Enfield
Grayville
Maunie
Mill Shoals
Norris City
Springerton

Cities in Dubois County, IN
Holland

Cities in Gibson County, IN
Buckskin
Fort Branch
Haubstadt
Oakland City

Cities in Pike County, IN
Stendal

Cities in Posey County, IN
Cynthiana
Mount Vernon
New Harmony
Poseyville
Wadesville

Cities in Spencer County, IN
Chrisney
Dale
Evanston
Gentryville
Grandview
Lamar
Lincoln City
Richland
Rockport
Santa Claus

Cities in Vanderburgh County, IN
Evansville

Cities in Warrick County, IN
Boonville
Chandler
Elberfeld
Lynnville
Newburgh
Tennyson

Cities in Knox County, IN
Decker

Cities in Breckinridge County, KY
Cloverport
Custer
Hardinsburg
Harned
Irvington
Stephensport
Union Star
Webster

Cities in Caldwell County, KY
Fredonia

Cities in Crittenden County, KY
Marion

Cities in Daviess County, KY
Maceo
Owensboro
Philpot
Utica
Whitesville

Cities in Grayson County, KY
Falls Of Rough

Cities in Hancock County, KY
Hawesville
Lewisport

Cities in Henderson County, KY
Corydon
Henderson
Robards

Cities in Hopkins County, KY
Dawson Springs
Earlington
Hanson
Madisonville
Manitou
Nebo
Nortonville
Saint Charles
White Plains

Cities in Livingston County, KY
Burna
Hampton
Salem
Smithland
Tiline

Cities in Mclean County, KY
Calhoun
Island
Livermore
Rumsey
Sacramento

Cities in Muhlenberg County, KY
Bremen
Central City
Graham

Cities in Ohio County, KY
Centertown
Fordsville
Hartford
Reynolds Station

Cities in Union County, KY
Morganfield
Sturgis
Uniontown
Waverly

Cities in Webster County, KY
Clay
Dixon
Providence
Sebree

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Swat Pest Management, Inc.
2501 N. Cullen Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715
1-812-720-9259
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