A Guide to Stinging Insect Control In Las Vegas

wasp nest in a tree

In Las Vegas, many flying insects are able to sting people and animals. Some of these stinging insects can be rather aggressive if you get too close to their nests, and some can sting you multiple times. 

If you are too scared to go outside in your own yard because of the stinging insects hanging around, don't worry; Anderson Pest Control knows just what to do. We are a locally owned company that has been providing pest control in Las Vegas for over 20 years. Keep reading to learn the best way to stay safe if you have stinging insects around your home. 

Common Types Of Stinging Insects Found In Las Vegas

There is a wide range of stinging insects that call Las Vegas home. Here is a look at the different types of stinging insects that you are most likely to see in residential areas:

  • Honey bees: Honey bees are usually about one inch long and have yellow and black striped bodies covered in thin hairs. Their heart-shaped head is slightly smaller than most other bees. 
  • Africanized bee: Also known as "killer bee," this bee looks almost identical to a honey bee. The only difference is that these bees have slightly smaller bodies than typical honey bees and will usually measure about a half-inch long.
  • Carpenter bees: These bees are usually about an inch long and have plump bodies. Their thoraxes are usually a light brownish-yellow color with thin hairs, while their abdomens have no hair and are shiny and black. 
  • Hornets: Bald-faced hornets are the most common type of hornet found in Las Vegas. They are about 1 ½ inches long and have black and yellow bodies. You can typically find them in their large aerial nests that look like they were made out of paper.
  • Yellow jackets: This is a species of wasps that is usually about ⅝ of an inch long and has black and yellow striped bodies. They typically have yellow legs and a pinched waist between their abdomen and thorax. 

Most stinging insects on this list have unique physical characteristics that allow you to easily tell them apart. However, if there are two species that do look alike, they will each have unique behaviors and habits that will help them stand out.

Stinging Insects Around The Yard Can Be Very Problematic

Many of the stinging insects in Las Vegas don't want to hurt people. Typically, they like to stay to themselves and prefer not to be bothered. However, if they feel that you are trying to harm them or their nests, they will generally become extremely aggressive. Some hornets, bees, and wasps will attack in large groups in order to defend their nest, which means that you can get stung several times at once.

Usually, the venom in a hornet, wasp, or bee sting can cause a lot of pain and minor swelling, but it usually goes away on its own. However, if you are allergic to the venom, even having a small amount injected into you could cause anaphylaxis or another severe reaction. 

Tips And Tricks To Prevent Stinging Insects In Your Yard

Many of the stinging insects in this area are attracted to sweet-smelling objects. Make sure that you don't leave any food or beverages outside for long periods of time. Also, removing old tree limbs, tree stumps, and other debris from your yard will help to eliminate any potential nesting places. 

Call Us For Effective Stinging Insect Control

If you notice an increase in the number of insects that sting on your Las Vegas property, you should give us a call immediately. At Anderson Pest Control, we know how to safely remove the nests of bees, hornets, and wasps. Give us a call today for a quote.