Stinging Insects

What Are Stinging Insects?

Our region is home to many species of stinging insects ranging from the beneficial honey bee to to the aggressive wasp.  Some of the primary species are:

Bald Faced Hornet - Workers are about 5/8-3/4 inches or longer; queens are ¾ inch long or more. Mostly black in color with a white pattern over its face, bald faced hornets build paper enclosed, gray aerial nests and are generally found in trees, chimneys, under eaves but may also be found nesting behind siding, in barns and other structures on a property. 

Carpenter Bee – Adult carpenter bees range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch long and are distinguishable by their shiny, black abdomen and distinctive “hovering” flight pattern.   The adult female Carpenter Bee will use her chewing mouthparts to bore holes into wood (about the diameter of a dime) where she will turn to the grain and create a chamber approximately 5-8 inches long in which to lay her eggs

Paper Wasp - Measuring approximately 1 inch in length, the paper wasp is commonly dark brown in color with black wings and yellow markings.  They are often mistaken for yellow jackets as they both appear black in color with the yellow markings on the body.  Paper wasp nests are found under eaves, behind attic vents and inside outdoor lighting.  They are also likely to be found in grills and other enclosed areas. 

Yellow Jacket - Adult workers are 3/8-5/8 in long, depending on species; queens are generally  longer. Yellow Jackets are black in color with yellow markings on the body and prefer to construct their nests in the ground.   Other areas where yellow jackets are likely to be found include attics, behind walls, inside hollow trees and other landscapes. 

Why Do I Have Them?

Stinging insects are a common problem for property owners every spring as the queens emerge from their overwintering sites to locate new nesting locations and begin developing their populations. Depending on the species stinging insects may also be attracted to other insects, nectar and pollen on your property.

Are They Dangerous?

Often considered a nuisance pest, stinging insects are also capable of causing varying reactions with their stings including mild redness, swelling and even death. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Stinging Insects?

Getting rid of stinging insects and their nests can be extremely difficult and potentially dangerous.  Contacting Local Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of wasps and other stinging insects.

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself treatments are available but may not be effective in removing stinging insects.  These products may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Due to their foraging nature and nesting habits stinging insects are hard to prevent.  If stinging insects have become a problem on your property contact Local Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger issue.