Stinging Insects

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A stinging insect is a term used to describe a wide assortment of pests, including bees, hornets, and wasps. Most people have encountered these pests at some point because they’re common across the United States. These pests belong to the Hymenoptera order and they can be helpful pollinators. If they’re not posing any risks to you or your property, it is best to leave them alone. Before you can find can the problem, you’ll need to know which species has invaded your property. There are many stinging insects in Washington DC. For instance, you’ll likely encounter paper wasps, honeybees, carpenter bees, and more.

Below, you’ll learn more about these pests.

Which Stinging Insect Is It?

You have to know which stinging insect you’re dealing with. To identify the species, you should consider the stinging insect’s appearance and the appearance of the nest.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are moderately aggressive so they generally do not attack unless you approach the nest. As long as you keep a safe distance away from these pests, you should be okay. Paper wasp nests are small and gray. They have a pattern that closely resembles a honeycomb. Their nests are built under eaves and overhangs. They’ll also be found on fences. There are two common species of paper wasps. The first is the Northern Paper Wasps. It has a brown body with a few deep orange spots. The European Paper Wasps has stripes on its body. Those stripes are black and yellow.


Yellowjackets are very aggressive and will sting multiple times. As the nest grows, the aggression level climbs higher. A nest can house thousands of stinging insects at once. These stinging insects cover their nests in a dark material that looks like paper. Their nests are often found in dense bushes and around attics. A yellow jacket will be covered in yellow and black stripes. Their antennas are black.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are one of the most aggressive stinging pests in our area. The colony gets larger in late summer and fall. As this happens, the pests become more aggressive. Bald-faced hornets build large nests that house many individuals. If the nest looks like it an upside-down teardrop, you’re dealing with a bald-faced hornet infestation. Their nests are often found on trees and building sides.

These stinging pests are large with white and black bodies.


Honeybees are less aggressive than other stinging insects. Some honeybees are bred to decrease the likelihood that they’re going to sting. They’re gentler and kinder than other stinging insects. Honeybees build unique nests on building sides and rock crevices. Their nests have extensive combs that are made of wax. They often live in the same nest for multiple years. To achieve this feat, they have to collect and store honey. These pests have brown fuzzy bodies and they’re orange or yellow.

Carpenter Bees

Finally, you’re going to encounter carpenter bees. Thankfully, they’re less aggressive and usually don’t sting. However, they will damage your belongings. They bore small holes in wood surfaces around your home. Once they’ve done that, the hole will be used to care for the young. These stinging insects are large and a lot like bumblebees. If it has a yellow spot on its face, it is a male carpenter bee.

Dangers Of Stinging Insects

The dangers involved with stinging insects depend on the insect in question. Some species do not sting.  Others do. Another thing to note is that male stinging insects do not sting. They’re not capable of stinging. You’ll also want to judge the stinging insect’s aggressiveness based on the size of its nest. As the nest gets larger, the pest becomes more aggressive. Be careful around ground nests and yellowjackets. Some stinging insects can sting multiple times so be cautious.

Reasons For Stinging Insects

These pests will invade your property because they’re looking for places to build nests.

Eradicating A Stinging Insect Infestation

You might be able to get rid of a few stinging insects using DIY sprays. However, you shouldn’t try to do this on your own. Doing so is too dangerous. When you spray the nest, the stinging insects are going to come after you. Working with a professional is the best way to take care of the infestation without exposing yourself to unnecessary risks. Be cautious and let a professional take care of it. Doing so is the best way to protect yourself.

Safe Treatments Are Available

We’re proud to provide our clients with safe treatments. Our number one priority is to provide our clients with safe, reliable treatments. We’ll fix the problem using EPA-registered products to ensure you remain safe. Plus, our technicians are going to work diligently to ensure that these products are used correctly. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure you may safe during the ordeal. We’ll also protect your kids, pets, and plants.

What Factors Determine The Cost Of Professional Pest Control Service?

Like all public services, pest control prices vary depending on several factors:

  • The severity of the infestation
  • Type of stinging insect species
  • Location and size of the nest
  • Treatment strategy

We believe our free written quote can help consumers get the most out of their money. Our quote process is based on a visual inspection of the impacted property. During the inspection, the exterminator collects data that will later be utilized to develop an effective extermination strategy.

When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My Washington DC Home On Appointment Day?

On the scheduled appointment day, the client can expect to receive a call from the exterminator several hours before the deadline. Our exterminators alert the clients to let them know, they are on the schedule for a pest inspection, consultation, or treatment visit.

Our customer support needs between 24 and 48 hours to process a new pest control service request. Submit your request early to avoid any potential in the extermination process.

What Kind Of Equipment Is Needed To Eradicate Stinging Insects?

It depends on the species. Some species of stinging insects pose a danger to humans and animals in the nearby vicinity. Small children and domestic animals are at the highest risk of being attacked by wasps, yellowjackets, hornets, carpenter bees, and fire ants. Stinging insects are very protective over their young. Every human, animal, rodent, and insect is a threat when they are in the nearby vicinity.

The danger surrounding stinging insects is infinite in many cases. This is especially true for those who are unaware of the danger. Protecting yourself and your family and pets is your number one responsibility, even when you are unaware.

The best eradication strategy is one that utilizes safety gear like a beekeeper suit. This piece of equipment will ensure your safety when administering insecticides.

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Stinging Insects