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Americans regularly encounter stinging insects such as wasps, bees, and yellowjackets. All stinging insects belong to the Hymenoptera order which is also home to ants. Although they’re frightening for humans, they’re great for the environment because they help pollinate plants. If they haven’t invaded your property, it is wise to leave them alone. Once you’ve found them around your home, begin working swiftly to identify the species. After you’ve identified the species, you’ll know why they’re on your property, how aggressive they are, and how to eliminate them.

The most common stinging insects in our area are yellowjackets, paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, and honeybees.


You must identify the stinging insect species before you can do anything. It won’t be easy on your own. Call a professional because they can identify the problem swiftly.

Paper Wasps

First and foremost, you’re likely going to encounter paper wasps. These stinging pests are less aggressive than yellowjackets but will still sting. Don’t approach a paper wasp nest unless you’re okay with being stung.

Paper wasps build small, gray nests that are round. They have a distinct honeycomb pattern that makes them easy to spot. Paper wasp nests can be found under overhangs and eaves.

We commonly deal with two paper wasp species. The European Paper Wasp has black and yellow stripes. Its antennas are orange. Northern Paper Wasps have brown bodies with a few orange spots. Their abdomens are covered by small white or yellow stripes.


Never approach a yellowjacket nest because they’re incredibly aggressive. They become even more aggressive in late summer and fall as the colony reaches its peak size. A yellowjacket nest can easily support thousands of insects. It will be covered by a black or gray material like paper. Although most nests are built around attics and porches, some are built underground.

Yellowjackets have prominent yellow and black stripes on their bodies. They always tuck their legs tightly against their body when flying.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets are equally aggressive. Both become more aggressive as the colony gets larger in summer and fall. A bald-faced hornet nest resembles a teardrop that has been reversed. Their nests can be found attached to trees, buildings, and tall grass. The insect has a smooth black and white body.


Honeybees are less aggressive than other stinging insects in our area. Some honeybee strains are bred to be as gentle as possible. They create extensive combs using wax. Their nests are placed on wall cavities and rock crevices. They can also be found on hollow trees. They have a honeycomb pattern. Honeybees collect honey and use the same nest for multiple years. They have fuzzy, brown bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are less aggressive than other members of the stinging insect category. Their nests are unique as well. For instance, they bore small holes in wood surfaces, including decks and fascia. Once the wood is discarded, the carpenter bee uses the hole to care for its young. Carpenter bees are like bumblebees in terms of appearance but they’re much larger. Male members of the group have yellow spots on their faces.

How Dangerous Are Stinging Insects?

Most people believe that stinging insects are one of the most dangerous pests in our area. Although some of them are dangerous, the risks aren’t as high as you might suspect. Most stinging insects usually do not sting unless they feel threatened. Plus, male stinging insects cannot sting. Female stinging insects sting, but they’re less aggressive. Furthermore, the danger involved depends on the size of the colony. When dealing with a smaller colony, the pests will likely be less aggressive.

Reasons You Have Stinging Insects

Stinging insects invade properties where they believe they can build nests. If your property has suitable nesting conditions, stinging insects will invade.

Getting Rid Of Stinging Insects

It is never easy to deal with stinging insects. Plus, it could be dangerous. If you’re not careful when using DIY sprays, there is a risk that you’re going to get stung multiple times. Once you’ve sprayed the nest, the stinging insects are going to become enraged. They’ll come after you. It is wise to wait until the sun goes down, but this won’t eliminate the risk involved. Working with us is the best way to resolve the problem and stay safe. Our technicians offer safe solutions with consistent results.

Our Treatments Are Safe

When it comes to treating stinging insect infestations, some exterminators do not take steps to protect the client. We do. Your safety will be our top priority. We always work diligently to ensure that our clients are going to be protected during each phase of the process. We utilize the latest EPA-registered products and follow strict protocols. Our treatments are designed to ensure that they’re going to be safe for everyone involved.

The Costs

We know you’re worried about the cost of our services. We cannot offer universal pricing. Instead, the price depends on several circumstances. The price will depend on the size of your property, the size o the nest, and the stinging insect you’re dealing with. Our technician will give you a bid price before the treatment procedure begins.

When Can Someone Get Here?

We’re eager to begin helping you. When you’re ready, pick up the phone and call our local office. We’ll make sure our representative calls you back within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Invasions Of Stinging Insects

It is pertinent to take steps to keep stinging insects away from your property. It won’t be easy, but you can reduce the risks. For instance, you should treat any softwoods around your home. Paint or stain the softwood to prevent these pests from invading. Furthermore, you should sign up for our home service program. Pay a monthly fee and we’ll send a technician to your home three times annually. We’ll inspect your property and look for stinging insects. If we find sting bees or wasps on your property, we’ll get rid of them right away. The cost of treatment will be covered by the low annual fee.

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