Nobody wants pests in their homes. But sometimes, pests can pose life-threatening health risks, including fire ants. As many as 3% of adults have life-threatening allergies to insect venom from hornet bees, yellow jackets, wasps, and fire ants. While the other insects cause most of the life-threatening reactions, imported fire ants are becoming an increasingly significant health hazard in the southern states where more than 260 acres are infested by them.
Stinging insects are something many people are afraid of. If you are lucky enough to not be allergic to them, they don't pose a real threat to your health, but they do pack a punch with their little stingers. What makes it even worse is that there different types of stinging insects and people often get them confused. The best thing you can do is know how to identify them and be familiar with their behavior.