Strategies for Keeping Stinging Insects Out of Your South Carolina Yard

Spring is a magical time of year. It is the time of year when everything seems to come back to life. But, as life returns, so will stinging insects. They will emerge from hiding places inside holes, trees, rock cracks, and also man-made structures. When they do, they will begin to develop new nests. If they do this in your South Carolina yard, it could lead to unwanted wasp and bee activity all summer long. Here are some strategies for keeping stinging insects out of your yard.


Stinging insects want to be where their food is. If you have lots of food options in your yard, they may decide to stay in your yard when they come out of their winter hiding places. Here are some food sources for wasps, hornets, and bees:

  • A drink cup left out on the deck can give stinging insects something sweet to drink. Not only will cups of sweet liquids lure stinging insect in, but they can also create a dangerous situation as they could bring the sensitive skin of your lips up against a very painful stinger.
  • An open trash can is the perfect food source. Stinging insects can find sweets and meats inside your trash. Make sure you keep bagged trash inside covered receptacles.
  • Food left around a grill or on the grill itself can be a food source for these insects. Grilled foods are usually covered with sweet sauces. This makes them attractive as a source for carbohydrates and protein.
  • Stinging insects get a natural source of carbohydrates from flowers. Reducing flowers in your yard can make it less inviting to stinging insects. But plants that do not have flowers can still be a source for sweets.

When aphids and scales feed on the sap of plants, they excrete honeydew. This honeydew is very tasty to wasps and other insects.

Stinging insects get a source of protein from the bugs in your yard, both living and dead. The more bugs you have in your yard, the more stinging insects you're likely to have, especially yellow jackets.

Always keep in mind that stinging insects are drawn to the foods and drinks we consume. If you'll be out in your yard enjoying some barbecue with family and friends, keep your foods in sealed containers until you're ready to cook them and keep drinks in sealed containers.

How a Professional Can Help

If you have ongoing residential pest control, you don't just get protection from stinging insects, you get a comprehensive solution that works to manage a wide range of potential pests in your yard. Here are some examples:

  • When you have routine visits from a licensed professional and appropriate treatments all year long, you get a reduction of bugs around your home. With fewer bugs around your home, you'll have fewer stinging insects because you'll be limiting their food options. It is a win-win!
  • When you have residential pest control, your service professional will be doing routine inspections for nests in your yard. Any nests found can be quickly addressed to keep stinging insect activity in your yard to a minimum and to prevent the stings that often result from nest-protection behavior exhibited by social insects.
  • The removal of nests can also reduce damage to your home if carpenter bees have taken up residence.
  • And the removal of carpenter bees can prevent secondary damage from woodpeckers that peck on wood to get at carpenter bee larvae.
  • When conditions in your yard promote pest habitation, you'll be given the information you need to change those conditions and reduce all of the pests around your home. Pest control is a process; having someone guide you in this process is invaluable.

The best part about residential pest control is that it stops pest infestations inside your home "before" they take root and before they become a problem. And, if you see stinging insects or another pest, appear in your home between visits, you have access to a quick resolution to your problem.

There are many stinging insects that can make themselves a problem when they come into your South Carolina yard. Stop those stinging pests from establishing themselves in your yard by investing in essential residential pest control. No home should be without a pest plan. Get yours in place today.


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