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Homeowners may run into stinging insects are some point. Wasps, hornets, and other pests need to be removed from your property as swiftly as possible. Otherwise, there is a risk that someone you love is going to get stung. Stinging insects are members of the Hymenoptera family along with ants. Although they can sting humans, they’re helpful for the environment. They’re great pollinators so they’re good for plants and crops. In our area, you have to worry about several stinging insects, including bald-faced hornets, honeybees, paper wasps, and yellowjackets.

Below, you’ll learn a bit more about identifying and eliminating the stinging insects on your property.

What Stinging Insect Are You Dealing With?

It is pertinent to learn more about stinging insects so you can identify the species you’re dealing with. To figure out, you’ll need to consider the pest’s appearance, the nest’s appearance, and its location.

Paper Wasps

Although paper wasps aren’t the most aggressive, they’ll still sting you and your loved ones. It is a good idea to stay away from their nests because they will sting you. You may encounter a handful of paper wasps species, including Northern Paper Wasps and European Paper Wasps. Northern Paper Wasps are brown with a handful of dark orange spots. You’ll also find white or yellow stripes on their bodies.

You may encounter European Paper Wasps too. They have black and yellow stripes as well as orange antennas. Paper wasps build small nests that are gray. You’ll notice that they have a honeycomb design. In most cases, paper wasp nests will be found on fences and under eaves.


Stay away from yellowjackets because they’re extremely aggressive. These pests get more aggressive near the end of Summer because the colony gets larger. Their nests are much larger than some of the other stinging insects. The nest will be covered in a black or gray material that looks like material. Yellowjackets prefer building nests around porches and attics. However, some pests build nests underground and this makes them harder to avoid.

They have yellow and black stripes along with black antennas.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Of all of the stinging insects, bald-faced hornets are the worst. They’re more violent in late summer because the colony gets bigger. Bald-faced hornets have white and black bodies. They have a visible stinger. They build large nests with thousands of insects. Many agree that their nests look like teardrops that have been flipped upside-down.

In general, their nests are built on buildings and tall grass.


Honeybees aren’t as aggressive as the aforementioned stinging insects. It is possible to breed honeybees to be gentle. When you do this, you don’t have to worry about them stinging you. If you work diligently, you might get some honey. Honeybees have fuzzy bodies. In general, they’re orange or yellow. One unique thing about these pests is that they use the same nests for several years.

To survive during the cold weather, they store honey.

Carpenter Bees

Finally, you may encounter carpenter bees. These pests are generally not aggressive even when someone approaches their nest. They bore small holes in wood surfaces, including decks and siding. They do not eat the wood. Instead, it is discarded. The carpenter bees will use the hole to care for their young.

Carpenter bees are large and look a bit like bumblebees. The species in your area has a fuzzy thorax but a shiny belly. You can identify a male carpenter bee by looking for a small yellow area on its face.

Stinging Insect Risks

Most believe that stinging insects are incredibly dangerous, but this isn’t always true. Some are but others aren’t. It depends on the type of stinging insect you’re dealing with. Male stinging insects cannot steal. To stay safe, it is wise to stay away from all stinging insect nests. However, you should avoid larger nests. As they get bigger, the stinging insect becomes more aggressive. Again, the risk level depends on the species. You’ll need to work with an exterminator to determine what you’re dealing with and how to solve the problem.

Reasons For Stinging Insects

Ultimately, stinging insects are constantly looking for places to build nests. If your property has good nesting spots, they’ll come and build nests on your property.

Eradicating Common Stinging Insects

Unfortunately, tackling a stinging insect infestation won’t be easy. The issue is that these pests are dangerous. If you try to treat the problem, there is a risk that you’re going to get stung multiple times. Waiting until the sun goes down is wise since the pests won’t be as aggressive then. However, you still may get stung. With that being said, it is a good idea to hire a qualified pest control technician in your area.

Safe Treatments

We offer safe stinging insect treatments. We always use the latest treatments and techniques to wipe out the infestations. Our exterminators use EPA-registered products to guarantee safe results. The products we use have been proven safe around people and pets. They will eliminate the pests but they won’t expose you to any health risks.


Before we can determine how much we’ll charge, we’ll need to examine the situation. For instance, we have to find out which stinging insect you’re dealing with. We’ll also consider the size of the property, the size of the nest, and its location. Out exterminator will give you a bid price before the procedure begins.

When Can You Begin?

Contact our office to get started. We know you need to remove these pests from your home as quickly as possible and we’re here to help. We’ll get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Infestations

Keeping stinging insects out of your home is pertinent. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. However, you can keep them out by signing up for our home service program. With this program, our technicians will visit your home three times each year. Plus, the annual fee will cover our removal services. Contact our office to learn more about this program.

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