A GUIDE TO STINGING INSECTS IN NW Arkansas

paper wasp on a flower in st louis mo

 

There are many stinging insects that call Arkansas home, and for the most part, these are beneficial insects. Bees are vital for pollination and, while wasps can do some pollination, they are considered more beneficial in the way they help to control plant-damaging pests like caterpillars. But, while stinging insects can be a benefit to us, they have the unfortunate ability to cause us harm as well.

 

 

Here are a few of the stinging insects you may find on your NWA property, and what you need to know most about them.

Paper Wasp

swarming insect

The most common stinging insect you’ll find on your NWA property is the paper wasp. These social wasps have a widespread distribution throughout the entire state. They vary in appearance, depending on the species, and can be yellow and black to brown, black, and yellow. Some species look like skinny yellow jackets.

  • Paper wasps make aerial nests on overhangs, arches, and eaves. This brings them into close proximity of humans.
  • Paper wasps are overwintering pests. For this reason, they will invade homes that have holes in screens, or entry points in siding, eaves, window frames, or soffits.
  • Paper wasps are social insects that defend their nests but are generally not aggressive on their own. When a paper wasp comes near, avoiding erratic movements can help prevent a sting.

Yellow Jacket (social)

aggressive scavenger insect

Of all the stinging insects you can have on your property, yellow jackets are the worst. These are social insects that can swarm and give chase. They have also been observed going around objects to get to their target. But, this behavior is only one of many reasons these insects are a problem.

  • Yellow jackets are fond of meat. While they are not known to kill large animals, they scavenge carcasses and carry balls of meat back to their nest. This desire for meat can make a cookout particularly inviting to these pests.
  • Yellow jackets have a wide range of foods they will eat. This diverse diet will lure them to dumpsters, trash heaps, and trash cans.
  • Yellow jackets often build their nests in the ground and are aggravated by vibrations. This can cause them to swarm a lawn mower or other machinery.

Carpenter Bee

wood-damaging pest

Often mistaken for bumble bees, the carpenter bee has a similar furry yellow and black appearance. But, unlike the bumble bee, a carpenter bee will have an abdomen that is entirely black, and entirely hairless. This visual characteristic helps to easily identify these bees from a distance.

  • Carpenter bees are solitary insects. You don’t have to worry about these bees swarming when you get near to where they are nesting.
  •  Male carpenter bees are not able to sting, but they are known to fly menacingly at any creature they believe is a threat to their nest.
  • While carpenter bees are not a stinging threat, they are able to damage wood. Female carpenter bees bore circular tunnels in wood to make a home for their offspring. If these tunnels are left untreated, they can be used, and expanded on each year.
  • While carpenter bees are not a stinging threat, they are able to damage wood. Female carpenter bees bore circular tunnels in wood to make a home for their offspring. If these tunnels are left untreated, they can be used, and expanded on each year.
  • The damage carpenter bees do to outside steps and railings can pose a danger if these give way.

Sweat Bee

attracted to perspiration

As their name implies, sweat bees are drawn to land on skin that is covered in a film of perspiration. There are around 70 species of sweat bee in the state of NWA. Some species are solitary and some are social. The most notable visual characteristic of sweat bees is the metallic shade of green, blue, or bronze they have. If you have a nest of social sweat bees on your property, they could easily become a problem, especially on a hot day.

  • These bees are not usually aggressive. But they may sting if they feel their nest is being threatened.
  • Sweat bees usually only sing when they are accidentally pressed against the skin.

Mud Dauber

accidental stinging pest

The mud dauber has many names: mud wasps, dirt daubers, organ pipe wasps, potter wasps, and more. There are several species of mud dauber in Missouri, but they all share one trait in common; they build their nests out of mud. The identifying characteristic of a mud dauber is its extremely thin waist.

  • These are nonaggressive wasps that only sting when pressed against the skin.

If you have any issues with stinging pests on your NWA property, reach out to us. NWA Lady Bug Pest Control, serving Bella Vista, Centerton, Bentonville, Rogers, Gravette, Springdale, Fayetteville.

 

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Don’t Let Summer Pests Get in the Way

Summertime pests can put a real damper on fun in the sun for people living here in NW Arkansas and the surrounding areas. As the heat rises, more and more of these creepy crawlers catch your eye at softball games, picnics and even in your own backyard. Are they ALL dangerous? The answer is no, not all. However, bites from most common pests in the area can leave a red, itchy or irritated mark or bump on the skin, and there is the possibility of diseases being transmitted. Avoiding these pests by educating yourself and using the techniques described below, can prevent discomfort and save your outdoor plans this summer.

Wasps, Bees & Hornets Wasp 

Wasps, bees, yellow jackets and hornets can become a threat to food stores or homes in NWA  if the aggressive types of the species begin to rely on people as a source for food. Controlling and managing the situation starts by first determining the species of the infestation – i.e. wasps, bees, stinging insects? Once identified, the pest and its swarm can be removed and further infestations prevented with treatment.

Fleas & Ticks

Fleas Ticks are found outdoors, in parks and in the woods. They are blood-feeders and hosts include both humans and animals. Fleas are more prominent outdoors and attack animals mainly, causing an intense itch and discomfort from their bites.

Fleas and ticks can migrate indoors when attached to a pet, and this can cause a host of problems for the household. Getting rid of fleas and ticks starts at the vet’s office, where a diagnosis and treatment are provided.

In conjunction with treating your pet, it will be necessary to clean your home and affected areas extensively, and talk to a local pest control expert about treatment and future prevention.

Mosquitoes & Common House Flies 

Mosquitoes Pesky mosquitoes and flies can be found in open areas outdoors, such as parks, fields, forests, parking lots and backyards. They can also live in your home and cause quite a nuisance. Mosquitoes are attracted to higher levels of moisture on patios, hot tubs or other wet areas.

Treating resting sites for these insects, and implementing moisture control in problem areas to remove moisture and prevent future infestation is available by your local pest professionals.

Prevention has become a priority with outbreaks such as the Zika virus.

How to Steer Clear of Summertime Pests

Pests have an exceptional sense of smell, and this helps them target their preferred hosts. Bites can result in itchy rashes, spots and pain. Some may also carry diseases which, at times, may be life-threatening, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and West Nile Virus to name a few.

Some proven prevention and avoidance methods to practice include: Generously applying and re-applying proper insect repellent before spending time outdoors. Wearing long socks, long sleeves, long pants and a hat or scarf when camping or in the woods. Checking your head and body thoroughly for tick and other insect bites when returning from the outdoors.

Quick removal of ticks is important in disease prevention. Using repellent torches or candles on your porch and at outdoor events, as instructed on the directions, is recommended.

Taking a proactive approach to pest prevention and management can decrease your risk of running into unwanted insects while soaking up sun and family fun. NWA Ladybug Pest Control can help take care of your unwanted pests this summer. Call 682.557.6743  for a free pest inspection.

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EPA: Top 10 Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bugs

 

 

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in homes and businesses over the past few years. The EPA has released the following list of tips to help combat the problem.

1. Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.
You can compare your insect to the pictures on our Identifying bed bugs Web page or show it to your local extension agent. (Extension agents are trained in pest control issues and know your local area.)

2. Don’t panic! 
It can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, but it’s not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs to other people’s homes and could cause more stress.

3. Think through your treatment options — Don’’t immediately reach for the spray can.
 Be comprehensive in your approach. Try other things first. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may reduce the number of bed bugs and limit your contact with pesticides. If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional.

5. Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter.
 A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.

6. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.
 This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.

7. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.
While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.

8. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful.
Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F). To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding.

9. Don’’t pass your bed bugs on to others.
 Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

10. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites. 
Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.

11. Turn to the professionals, if needed.
 Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation and request that it use an IPM approach. Contact your state pesticide agency for guidance about hiring professional pest control companies.   Also, EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about IPM approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.

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Stephanie Arwine

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Crickets seem to be just about everywhere right now.

Even in North West Arkansas

 

Crickets seem to be just about everywhere right now.

The dry weather followed by recent rainfall are said to be the cause of this invasion.

Leaf blowers and power washers are being used in an attempt rid Quail Springs Shopping Center of the army of crickets clinging to the walls.

One shopper said, “It’s gruesome, it’s nasty.”

Dianna Christian said, “I’ve never seen anything like this ever and I was hoping it wouldn’t fall in my hair.”

Many shoppers stopped to do a double take and even snap a few pictures before ducking for cover and tip-toeing away from the relentless swarm of bugs.

Christian said, “I’m going to have nightmares probably.”

Some shoppers walked into PetSmart to purchase a bag of crickets for reptiles but found the sidewalks covered in the critters.

However, experts say you shouldn’t just scoop up the bugs to take home to your pet.

The ones from PetSmart are farm bred and safe for reptile consumption.

One question still remains, why so many crickets?

Dry summers cause cracks in the ground, which gives crickets plenty of room to lay their eggs.

Once the moisture hits, those eggs hatch.

Whether you like it or not, the crickets will be around until the first hard freeze, a reality that doesn’t sit well with everyone.

Phillip Abernathy said, “That one that’s always in the house somewhere that’s always making that noise, keeping you up all night.”

Christian said, “As long as they stay here and don’t come to my house, I’m okay.”

To prevent crickets from invading your home, you can limit outdoor lighting so they won’t be attracted to the house.

Also, you could use pesticides outside, which will kill off the insects.

However, if you do that, the crickets need to be cleaned up because dead crickets attract live crickets.

Do you have tons of crickets where you live or work? Let us know by posting your cricket pics below.

Send us your cricket photos: ladybugpest2002@gmail.com

Although this story is a story from Oklahoma, the same can be said for Arkansas. Fall is the mating season for crickets. And, their “song” can be annoying deafening.

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