Stinging Insects

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Stinging insects are found across the country. Since they can sting, people generally worry about them. Ultimately, this is understandable since nobody wants to get stung by a bee or wasps. All stinging insects are members of the Hymenoptera order. Surprisingly, ants belong to this group too. While stinging insects frighten and terrorize consumers, they’re beneficial to the environment because they’re helpful pollinators. If they’re not damaging your property, it is best to leave them alone. First, you should identify the species you’re dealing with.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll know how dangerous and aggressive the pest is. In our area, locals tend to encounter honeybees, carpenter bees, paper wasps, and yellowjackets. Continue reading the guide below to learn more about these pests.

Identifying The Stinging Insects

First, the consumer must identify the stinging insect they’re dealing with. Without getting too close, inspect the pest’s appearance. You should also try looking at its nest. Once you’ve done that, you can use this information to find out which species you have.

Paper Wasps Stinging Insects

Living in our city likely means that you’re going to encounter paper wasps. Thankfully, paper wasps aren’t overly aggressive. Stay away from their nests to avoid problems. Their nests are unique because they’re small and gray. You’ll notice that the middle portion of the nest resembles a honeycomb. Paper wasps prefer building nests on fences and under eaves.

There are several unique species of paper wasps. In our area, clients are most likely going to run into Northern Paper Wasps and European Paper Wasps. The former has dark orange spots on its brown body. It’ll also have thin stripes on its abdomen. The stripes are either white or yellow. European Paper Wasps have black and yellow stripes.

Yellow jacket Stinging Insects

When it comes to stinging insects, yellowjackets tend to be one of the worst species. They’re very aggressive so you shouldn’t get close to their nests. Since they build large nests, you won’t be able to ignore them. Plus, the size of the nest is going to increase between summer and fall. As it gets larger, the stinging insect will become more aggressive. A gray or black material will cover the nest. The material is like paper. Their nests are regularly found under porches and in attics. Some yellowjackets will live in underground nests.

Yellowjackets are fast and easy to identify. Their abdomens will feature yellow and black stripes. Their antennas are black.

Bald-Faced Hornet

The bald-faced hornet is another aggressive stinging insect in our area. Its nest will reach its maximum size in late summer and fall. Again, the stinging insect becomes more aggressive as the nest gets larger. The nest is like a big ball. Many describe it as being an upside-down teardrop. Bald-faced hornet nests are regularly found on tall grass, trees, and building sides. These pests are unique thanks to their smooth black and white bodies.


The honeybee is one of the most beneficial stinging insects in our area. Plus, they’re gentle so you don’t have to worry too much about being stung. You can usually get close to their intricate nests without running into problems. They create complex hives using wax. It is common for honeybees to build large nests on rocks faces, walls, and hollow trees. Many people across the country like raising honeybees because it is a fun hobby.

Honeybees store honey in their nests to ensure they have enough food to survive during the cold winter months. Therefore, you can raise honeybees to collect their honey. Honeybees are unique because they have fuzzy, brown bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Finally, you’re likely going to encounter carpenter bees. While they’re less aggressive than yellowjackets, they’re still problematic. Carpenter bees prefer building nests on wood surfaces. Once they find a suitable surface, they’ll bore a small hole into the wood. They’ll use the hole in the fascia or siding to raise their young. The wood will be discarded after that. Carpenter bees are one of the largest stinging insects in our area. They’re like bumblebees.

Are These Pests Dangerous?

You’re likely worried about your safety. Since these pests can sting, you cannot ignore their presence. Doing so could lead to you or one of your loved ones getting hurt. The good news is that the risks aren’t as high as many people believe. While they’re going to sting, some do not. Some are less aggressive than others. You don’t need to worry about the male stinging insects because they can’t sting. They’ll still try to scare you away from their nests though. As for female pests, they will sting. The good news is that these female pests tend to be less aggressive.

It is always a good idea to stay away from large stinging insect nests. As the nest gets larger, the pests will become more aggressive. Be careful where you step since some yellowjackets build underground nests.

What Causes Them?

It is difficult to know for certain. In some cases, the pests want to build nests in the wood surfaces around your home. Regardless, they’re likely there to find a suitable nesting spot.

Elimination Methods

Ultimately, you must find a way to eliminate these pests immediately. Otherwise, they’re going to stay for a while. First, you can try experimenting with DIY sprays. These sprays may eliminate some of the stinging insects, but you can’t ignore the risks involved. For instance, these products could be dangerous. Plus, they may not be effective. They’re not as effective as professional tools. Therefore, you should always let a professional handle this problem for you.

Once you’ve found a stinging insect nest on your property, call us. We’ll eliminate the pests right away.

Safest Treatments

Our technicians aim to provide our clients with the safest treatments possible. We are always looking for new ways to eliminate these pests while protecting our clients. Today, we use EPA-approved methods to deal with stinging insects. Our technicians follow strict protocols to ensure that the client is going to be protected during each phase. Would you like to learn more about our safe methods? Call today.

Average Costs

The price of our service tends to change depending on the circumstances. Suffice to say, the price is not universal. Instead, our technician will carefully inspect the situation before determining what you’ll pay. We have to figure out what type of pest you’re dealing with and how large the nest is. We’ll give you a free estimate first.

When Can You Get Here?

Contact our office because we’re eager to begin helping you. We understand that you want to resolve this problem swiftly. We want to help you achieve this goal. Call us right now. Once we’ve received your call, we’ll get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Invasions Of Bees, Wasps, & Hornets

Wouldn’t it be easier to keep these pests away from your property? It is a good idea to keep them away. The only problem is that there is no surefire way to keep these pests away. You can’t stop all stinging insects from reaching your property. Our home service program is designed to provide a low-cost solution. Call today to learn more about this service. We believe it is the best way to avoid future infestations.

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