5 Dangers of Stinging Insects

why are honeybees importantNo one likes bugs that sting — at best, they’re annoying, and at worst, they’re dangerous. They are often difficult to evict once they make their home near yours, causing more injuries if you try to get rid of them. Below are five reasons stinging insects are dangerous, making at least five reasons to contact pest control to help get rid of them if you notice stinging insects on your property.

Allergic Reactions

One of the most dangerous possibilities that accompany stinging insects is the possibility of an allergic reaction. A large number of people are allergic to bees or wasps, with their reactions covering a wide range of possibilities, none of which are fun or comfortable. The reaction may be as small and simple as a welt or hives, or it may be as dangerous as fatal respiratory distress. Most people don’t know if they are allergic to bee or wasp stings until they have their first encounter with the stinging insect, and some people even develop these allergies later in life.

Outside Effects

It’s not as often considered as allergies, but one must also consider the potential outside effects of a stinging insect. The best example of this is when a bee or wasp ends up trapped in a vehicle with someone. If the insect stings the driver, the sudden pain might make them swerve or stamp on the brakes, or try to suddenly pull off of the road. This is also a very common occurrence when someone is cutting the grass; a sudden attack from a swarm of stinging insects is likely to completely distract the driver of a riding lawnmower, possibly causing further injury in the ensuing crash.

Healthcare Costs

Regardless of whether you are allergic or not, it is important to consider the potential healthcare costs that might be incurred if you or someone in your family has an encounter with stinging insects. While it may be stretching it to call these costs a “danger”, as expensive as healthcare is, it can certainly be a danger to your financial stability. Insect stings are often the cause of emergency room trips, even if the person is not allergic, as they can be very painful and scary, and the site of the wound can even sometimes become infected.

Anaphylactic Shock

While this comes as a surprise to many, you do not have to be allergic to bee or wasp stings to experience anaphylactic shock from their stings. Granted, in most cases you would have to be stung by quite a few bees or wasps for this to happen, but if you have a nest on your property and stumble into it that is very possible. This dangerous event can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.


This one is perhaps a bit rich to call a “danger”, but let’s face it, no one wants to deal with pain! Bee and wasp stings can be very painful, especially for children if they don’t understand what has happened. You often have to deal with the hassle of removing a stinger, and then handling wound aftercare to help prevent infection. Avoid the pain caused by stinging insects if at all possible, by speaking with a pest control professional about the outdoor pests on your property.

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