Picture this. You are sitting outside with your family minding your own business, when all of a sudden you feel a painful sensation. Your immediate reaction is to swat at the bite site; to little avail though, as the damage has already been done. Living in Atlanta, pest control is a necessity due to the warm, humid weather.

Almost all of us have had the unfortunate experience of being stung by a bug. Bees are typically the most feared of insects for this reason, but ants, cicada killers, and even certain types of caterpillars can be formidable foes when threatened.

An important lesson can be learned from these defensive creatures — never underestimate the power of Mother Nature! At North Fulton Pest Solutions, our Roswell pest control team can help protect your home and family from insects that sting and bite.

When bugs attack: common species that sting

  • Cicada Killers: As intimidating as these bugs may seem, they actually tend to leave humans alone. They burrow in the ground and feed exclusively on cicadas, but will not hesitate to sting if provoked. Unlike other species of wasps, merely giving them their space (and watching your step) is enough to prevent an attack.
  • Fire Ants: These little bugs can deliver a powerful punch, especially since their strength comes in the form of numbers. Stumble into the wrong territory and you could have a couple hundred thousand ants ready and willing to drive you away. With each sting from their abdomen, they inject venom that causes skin irritation, swelling, and blisters.
  • Bees: To be fair, not all bees are aggressive. Honey bees, for example, only sting when their hive is threatened or when they become trapped (such as being stepped on). The same goes for bumblebees. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are not so pleasant to be around; the latter in particular will stop at nothing to ensure their hive is protected, which is why North Fulton Pest Solutions, the leading choice for pest control in Roswell, advises steering clear of their nests. To make matters worse, these bees do not have barbed stingers, meaning they can and will sting repeatedly if needed.

The best way to avoid getting stung is to respect the space of these animals. People get hurt when they get too close. Contact North Fulton Pest Solutions for pest control in Atlanta if you have an insect problem.

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