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Stinging Insects

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Bees, yellowjackets, hornets, and wasps are stinging insects. You’ve likely encountered these pests at some point. They are members of the Hymenoptera order which is also home to ants. Although stinging insects frighten people, they’re beneficial pollinators. It is a good idea to leave them alone until they invade your property and pose a risk to you and your loved ones. It is a good idea to learn more about the species so you’ll know how aggressive it is and how to get rid of it.

In our area, you may encounter wasps, bald-faced hornets, carpenter bees, and a few other stinging insects. Learn more about these pests below.

Which Species Is Bothering Me?

To find out which species have invaded your property, it is pertinent to evaluate the stinging insect’s appearance and the appearance of its nest. Using this information can help you determine which species is on your property.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are moderately aggressive and usually won’t create problems unless the client gets too close. It is never a good idea to reach toward a paper wasp nest unless you don’t mind getting stung. Their nests are small and gray. You’ll notice that they have a unique honeycomb design. These pests often build nests on fences and under eaves.

There are several species of paper wasps and the appearance depends on the species. In our area, our clients encounter Northern Paper Wasps and European Paper Wasps. The European species is slightly bigger with yellow and black stripes. Northern Paper Wasps have brown bodies and dark orange spots. They’ll also have white or yellow stripes.


Yellowjackets rank at the top of the list in terms of aggression. As the nest gets bigger in late summer, these stinging insects become more aggressive. Their nests can house thousands of stinging insects and they can sting their victims multiple times. Yellowjacket nests are covered with a material that resembles paper. These pests can sometimes build underground nests, but their nests are usually built near attics and porches.

Yellowjackets have yellow and black stripes. They have black antennas too.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive. They’re like yellowjackets since they become more aggressive as their nest gets larger. Their nests can house many stinging insects. Their nest has a unique shape that looks like a teardrop. These stinging insects tend to build nests on trees and building sides.

Bald-faced hornets are black and white.


Honeybees are often bred to ensure they do not sting humans. Wild honeybees usually aren’t aggressive either. Their nests are unique because they can use them for multiple years. To ensure that they can survive, the pests will need to store honey. Doing so ensures they have enough food to survive throughout the winter months. Honeybee nests are commonly built on rocks and buildings.

These stinging insects are yellow or orange. They have brown fuzzy bodies.

Carpenter Bees

You can generally approach a carpenter bee nest without being stung. they’re less aggressive than other members of the stinging insect group. These pests bore small holes in wood surfaces, including siding and decks. Once they’ve bored the hole, they’re going to discard the wood and rear their young in the hole. These stinging insects are large and look similar to bumblebees.

Their thorax is black and yellow. They have a black abdomen without hair. Male carpenter bees can be identified by the small yellow spot on their face.


Most homeowners are worried about stinging insects because they sting. Although they’re dangerous, they’re not as dangerous as you might believe. Stinging insect bites are normally harmless. Plus, you can avoid getting stung by staying away from their nests. Still, some stinging insects are dangerous. Some can sting multiple times. Plus, you have to worry about underground nests. You’ll likely step on their nest without realizing it. If this happens, you could get stung multiple times. Also, you have to remember that some people are allergic to stinging insects.

Although males do not sting, females do. Be cautious when dealing with these pests.

Reasons For Stinging Insects

Stinging insects approach properties because they’re looking for places to build nests. If they find suitable locations on your property, they’ll arrive and begin building nests on your property.

Removing Stinging Insects

Homeowners have to find out how to remove stinging insects. When visiting a hardware store, you can find DIY sprays. These products will eradicate stinging insects. However, it is important to understand that there will be repercussions. If you spray their nest, the pests will come out and attack. It is pertinent to take steps to protect yourself. Spraying the nest at night can reduce the risks, but you still may get stung. We think it is best to work with a professional to avoid problems.

Our Stinging Insect Eradication Services Are Safe

Our company offers safe stinging insect eradication services. If you have stinging insects on your property, let a professional get rid of them. Doing so is the best way to rectify the problem while minimizing the risks. Our exterminators know how to remove stinging insects while protecting our clients. We’ll do what we can to keep you safe during the procedure. One thing we do is use EPA-registered products that are safe around humans and pets.

Stinging Insect Extermination Prices

When removing stinging insects for our clients, we set a price based on several factors. For instance, we consider the type of stinging insect you’re dealing with, the size of the property, and the size of the nest. The exterminator will also look at the location of the nest. Our exterminator will give you a bid price before they begin taking care of the problem.

When Can You Begin?

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We call our clients back within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Stinging Insect Invasions In The Future

Keeping stinging insects away from your home won’t be easy. Take advantage of our home service program to keep them away from your home. We’ll visit three times a year and treat the home when necessary. The annual fee will cover the inspections and treatments.

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