Wacky Pest Wednesday: Velvet Ant
Hey there all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome back to another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday! Today, we invite you to join us as we cover a pest that has one of the most painful stings out there: the velvet ant.
The velvet ant, also known as the “cow killer,” is actually a solitary wasp that prowls on the ground. These critters sport a very bright red and hairy body, with a protruding abdomen, and usually stick to outdoor, wooded habitats, but have been known to seek shelter under tables or in deck boxes.
The moniker “cow killer” does not come from their prey (as adults are known to eat nectar while their youngins feed off of bees) but rather from their sting. It is said that a sting from a velvet ant is enough to kill a cow, thanks to its excruciating pain. Now, while the legend is out there, there have been no reported cases of these critters killing a cow, so there’s no need to worry. In addition, these bugs will typically stay away from humans—only stinging when they feel threatened.
Among all the ways to protect yourself from a cow killer sting, the best way to do so is to always wear shoes outside. If you happen to be stung by one, put cortisone cream on it as soon as you can, and be sure to seek medical attention if it begins to swell up.
Stings by pests are no fun, but you can prevent them with no effort on your part. Give us a call today, and we will come up with a customized protection plan against all stinging pests, ensuring that you can your family can enjoy the summer worry free!