Now that summer is coming to a close in New Jersey, those who live in the Garden State should be aware of the more aggressive nature and activity of stinging insects in the fall, especially if allergic to bees, wasps, and other stinging insects.

Stinging insects have spent most of the spring and summer reproducing young. They have been caring for and feeding insects to the larvae and pupae up to this point. They have been an occasional nuisance, but for the most part their main focus has been their colony members and nests. Now that fall is upon us the number or stinging insects has increased into huge populations, food is scarcer and they have time to zone in on favorite treats. This is why you will see them more now than ever at your picnics, barbecues and outdoor events. They are in an aggressive frenzy for a sticky sweet taste and they will sting anyone that gets in their way. Once aggravated, more of the members of the colony will join in, especially if their nest has been disturbed. Mowing around, near or over a nest can be detrimental as they will swarm the offender ruthlessly stinging multiple times.

So, how do you make your property less attractive to these stinging insects? You should be aware of areas they will want to build their nests. Eliminating their ability to build a nest on or near your home, or even in the backyard where you will be spending a lot of time will be important. You should fill in any holes, gaps, cracks and crevices in your foundation and exterior walls. Repair or replace any openings around soffits, eaves or vents. Seal any areas that are open around utility entries where pipes, cables and wires go directly into your home. Make sure that your chimneys have caps that are tight fitting. Another way to avoid stinging insects is to cover any food that you bring outdoors, clean up food or drink spills immediately and cover trash cans with tight fitting lids.

Treating for stinging insects can be tricky and dangerous. It is essential that you contact a professional pest control service that can locate and safely remove the nests and the insects. At ChemTec Pest Control, our highly trained pest control technicians understand bees, yellow jackets, hornets, and other stinging insects very well.  They also have the tools and experience necessary to resolve your stinging insect problem without harm to you or your family.  For stinging insect control in Bergen County and elsewhere in ChemTec’s service area, please contact us today!