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Stinging Insects Still Active In Knoxville

September 28, 2017

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It is tempting to think that when the temperatures start to dip down for winter that the threat of stinging insects is over but fall is actually the time of year when stinging insects become more of a problem here in Knoxville. Many stinging insects follow the same cycle every year. In spring, females emerge from their hiding places, establish nests and begin to produce offspring. Those nests grow all summer and some into the fall. That means this is the time of year when populations will be maxed out, and you are more likely to run into trouble.

Not only are the populations of stinging pests higher in fall, they are also more aggressive. They know their time is short and they are busy making preparations for the survival of their species.

Female reproductives must be protected so they can leave the nest, mate, overwinter and be ready to begin the cycle again next year. So, it is not a good idea to mess with a nest in fall, especially if there are social insects inside.

Wasps, bees, and hornets all have their differences, but what matters most is whether or not they are social or solitary insects. Social insects have a nest protection instinct and will swarm to protect their home. Solitary insects do not swarm and rarely protect their nests. The males of some solitary insects do not even have a stinger, so are unable to sting.

If you're seeing nests on your home, or you suspect that there is a nest in a ground location, contact a professional to have it removed. Here's why:

  • A professional knows how to inspect for stinging pests. Not only will they remove the nest you're concerned about, they'll let you know if you have any others on your property.

  • A professional follows strict safety guidelines to make sure no one is stung during the removal process.

  • When you get a professional to take care of the problem, there is no risk of you falling from a ladder, falling out a window, or being stung multiple times.

The temperatures may be dipping in Knoxville, but the population of stinging insects isn't dipping. It is maxed out. And, if many nests have been established in locations that stay warm all winter long, there will be even more stinging pests in spring.

Keep those wasps, bees and hornets in check with ongoing pest service from Allgood Pest Solutions. While your Allgood Pest Solutions specialist is protecting you from bugs and wildlife that spread harmful bacteria, parasites and diseases, they can also protect you from unwanted contact with stinging pests. Give us a call for either a one-time or ongoing service. When stinging pests are all gone, it's Allgood.

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