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Insects that fall into the stinging pests category are potentially harmful to humans and other animals. These pests range from bees, wasps and hornets to ticks, mites and fleas, and even scorpions. Some of these pests feed on human blood, others sting or bite to protect their homes or food sources. Elimination methods depend on the type of pest being treated and the severity of the infestation, but in almost all cases, getting rid of stinging or biting pests is best left to the professionals.
Bees are usually the first stinging pests people think of. Honeybees, bumblebees and carpenter bees are the most common types of bees found in all regions of the U.S. But bees are not nearly as aggressive as their sister species - wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. These pests will attack when only slightly provoked, which makes DIY pest control difficult and dangerous.
If you do decide to treat these stinging pests yourself, follow these safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe:
The other class of stinging pests is the tick, mite and flea species. These insects can also be difficult to treat, namely because they remain attached to their hosts during their attack.
In the case of ticks, prevention is the best method of treatment. Wear long pants and a hat when walking in wooded areas. Also, check for ticks on your clothing, body and hair, and on your children or pets, after spending time in wooded areas. If you do find a tick, slowly remove it with tweezers and thoroughly wash the bite area. Tick repellent can also be effective at keeping them off your body.
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