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What Is A Stinging Insect?

There are several stinging insects, including hornets, yellowjackets, wasps, and bees. All stinging insects belong to the Hymenoptera order of insects. Surprisingly, ants also belong to this group. While stinging pests can be problematic, they are also beneficial pollinators. As long as they don’t bother you or your property, they can provide you with numerous benefits. Before you can get rid of a group of stinging insects, you need to find out which species you’re dealing with now. You need to know if they’re aggressive and how to get rid of them.

It is common to find paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, honeybees, carpenter bees, and yellow jackets in your area.

Am I Dealing With Hornets, Wasps, Or Yellowjackets?

To identify the specific species you’re dealing with, you should rely on the appearance of the insect and the appearance of the nest.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are moderately aggressive but usually will not cause problems. To prevent issues, you should avoid approaching a paper wasp nest. A paper wasp nest is small, gray, and round. You’ll notice that it has a honeycomb design. Most paper wasps nests are found under eaves and overhangs as well as on fences.

The appearance depends on the species you’re working with. European paper wasps are striped yellow and black. They have orange antennas. Northern paper wasps are brown with a few dark orange areas. On their abdomen, they will have yellow or white stripes.


You’ll want to stay away from yellowjackets because they’re highly aggressive. They’re more protective of their nests from late Summer to Fall since their colony is biggest at this point. Yellowjackets produce large nests, which are usually covered with black or gray materials. Their nests can be found in attics, in dense bushes, and under porches. Some yellowjacket species will build nests on the ground.

Yellowjackets are black with yellow stripes. Their head and antennas are black.

Bald-Faced Hornet

Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive as well. Once again, they get more aggressive from late summer to fall because their colony is much bigger. They have larger nests with more hornets. A bald-faced hornet nest will resemble an upside-down teardrop. Nests are usually placed in trees, bushes, or on the side of buildings. Bald-faced hornets have black and white bodies that are smooth.

Honey Bee

Honey bees are less aggressive than other bee species. Many honey bee strains are gentle. When you spot a honey bee nest, you’ll know it immediately. Their hives are extensive and made of wax. They’re round and look like honeycombs. A single honeybee colony can last many years because these bees will store enough honey to last through winter.

Honeybees are orange and yellowish. They have brown, fuzzy bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are not aggressive. Even if you approach a carpenter bee nest, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting stung. You’ll find their nests in sections of wood. Look for small 3/8” holes that are perfectly round. Their nests are commonly found in wood siding, decks, and fascia. Carpenter bees do not eat the wood. Instead, they discharge it.

Carpenter bees are large and closely resemble bumblebees. The species found in your region will have a thorax that is black and yellow.

Are Bees & Other Stinging Insects Dangerous?

While stinging insects are not dangerous, you will have to worry about getting stung. Still, many bee species are not aggressive so they’re not going to sting you unless you provoke them. In addition to this, you’ll find that males are not capable of stinging. They do not have stingers, but female bees do. To protect yourself, it is pertinent to stay away from extremely large colonies. The bees in a larger colony are more aggressive so be sure to stay away from those. Ground nests are hard to detect, so you’ll likely get stung without noticing it.

A sting from one of these insects can be painful and you may experience an allergic reaction. In severe cases, you’ll have an anaphylactic shock.

Why Does My Home Have Stinging Insects?

Stinging insects mostly target homes because they’re looking for suitable nesting locations.

How Can I Get Rid Of Stinging Insects?

When you’re ready to get rid of the stinging insects around your home, you’ll want to contact a professional. You can find DIY methods but these methods are not effective. For the best results, you’ll want to hire a professional exterminator. DIY sprays might work but they likely will not. Instead, you’ll want to contact us. We use safe, effective methods that will be sure to get rid of the bees from your property quickly. In addition to this, you’ll have to worry about getting stung. Please don’t risk it.

Are Your Treatments Safe?

You’re likely worried about our treatment options, but you shouldn’t be. You’ll find that we use the safest solutions in the industry. Our company uses high-quality, EPA-registered products. By working with us, you can rest assured knowing that the problem will be taken care of without putting anyone in a dangerous situation. If safety precautions must be taken, our exterminator will let you know.

How Much Does It Cost To Removal Stinging Insects?

The price will depend on several factors. By contacting us, we can give you a free quote so you’ll know what you’ll pay.

  • The species of stinging insects you’re dealing with
  • The size of the home and property
  • The nest’s size
  • The nest’s locations

How Soon Can You Get Started?

We know that you’re dealing with an urgent situation. We want to help, and we want to do so as quickly as possible. Our company can dispatch a technician to your location swiftly. In most cases, we’ll reach your home in 24 to 48 hours.

Can I Stop Future Stinging Insect Infestations?

Completely stopping stinging insect infestations is not possible. Nevertheless, you might be able to reduce the risk. To do that, you should make it more difficult for these insects to build nests around your home. You’ll also want to work with us. We can give you advice and suggestions for reducing your risks.

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