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More About Stinging Insects

What is a stinging insect? A stinging insect is a term used to describe insects that sting humans and pets. Some of the most common stinging insects include hornets, bees, wasps, and yellowjackets. These insects belong to the Hymenoptera order, which is also home to ants. Stinging insects are unique because they’re beneficial pollinators, but they also create problems for humans. If you’re not careful, they will pose a risk to your health and property.

Before attempting to tackle the problem, you should identify the species so you can determine how aggressive it is and how to get rid of it. In Miami, you’re likely going to face paper wasp, bald-faced hornet, carpenter bee, yellowjacket, or honeybee infestations.

Identifying The Stinging Insect

Are you dealing with hornets, wasps, or yellowjackets? To find out, you will need to look at the insect and its nest. By judging the appearances of both, you’ll be able to identify the species so you can fix the problem rapidly.

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are not one of the most aggressive stinging insects, but they will create problems when you get close. If you have paper wasps, it is wise to stay away from them.

Paper Wasp Nest

Paper wasps nests are smaller than others. They’re round, gray, and feature a honeycomb pattern. Paper wasp nests are commonly found under overhangs and eaves. They can also be built on fences.

Paper Wasp Appearance

There are several paper wasps species with the two most common in Miami being Northern Paper Wasps and European Paper Wasps. Northern Paper Wasps are brown with a few dark orange areas. Furthermore, they have white or yellow stripes. European Paper Wasps are black and yellow with orange antennas.

Yellow jackets

You’ll want to stay away from yellow jackets since they’re very aggressive. As the colony gets large in late Summer and early Fall, they’re more aggressive.

Yellow jacket Nest

Yellow jacket nests are large and home to hundreds or thousands of insects. They are covered by a black or gray material that resembles paper. Their nests can be found in attics, bushes, and under porches. Some yellow jacket species will build nests underground.

Yellow jacket Appearance

Yellow jackets have yellow and black stripes on their bodies and heads. Their antennas are black. They can fly very quickly and will do so with their legs tightly tucked against their body.

Bald-Faced Hornets

These stinging insects are very aggressive. Once again, they become more aggressive as the colony gets large in late Summer and early Fall.

Bald-Faced Hornet Nest

Their nests are large and home to lots of stinging insects. Their nests often look like upside-down teardrops. Bald-faced hornet nests are built on building sides, trees, and tall grass.

Bald-Faced Hornet Appearance

Bald-faced hornets have smooth white and black bodies. Their heads, thoraxes, and abdomens are larger.


Honeybees are not aggressive. You can likely approach their nest without getting stung.

Honeybee Nests

Honeybee nests feature extensive combs that are made of wax. Honeybees will build nests in cavities, rock crevices, and hollow trees. You’ll notice that their nests resemble honeycombs. Honeybees are unique because they’re going to use the same nest for several years. As a result, they’re going to collect and store honey so they’ll have plenty of food for the winter.

Honeybee Appearance

Honeybees are orange or yellow with fuzzy, brown bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Although their looks say otherwise, carpenter bees are not aggressive. Even when you get close to their nest, you should get stung.

Carpenter Bee Nests

Carpenter bee nests are unique because they build 3/8” holes in wood decks, fascia, and siding. The wood is discarded so the carpenter bee can use the hold to care for its young.

Carpenter Bee Appearance

Carpenter bees are larger stinging insects that look similar to bumblebees. The species that are common in Miami has a fuzzy thorax and a shiny abdomen. Males can be identified quickly because they have a small yellow spot on their faces.

How Dangerous Are Stinging Insects?

Are stinging insects dangerous? Some of them are. To determine how dangerous they are, you need to find out which species you’re working with. Some are dangerous, but others aren’t. You’ll be surprised to learn that male stinging insects aren’t dangerous at all since they cannot sting. If you’re worried about your nearby colony, you should check out the size of the nest. If it is small, the stinging insect won’t be too aggressive. If the nest is massive, they’re going to be very aggressive.

You’ll have to be extra careful around ground nests because you can’t see them easily. You might stumble upon one and get stung without realizing it.

What Causes Stinging Insects?

Stinging insects have approached your home because they see suitable nesting conditions.

Getting Rid Of Stinging Insects

You can find DIY treatments that can help you get rid of stinging insects. However, it is dangerous to try to tackle this problem alone. If you do, you might get stung and that could lead to numerous health risks. Instead, hiring a professional is the best solution. Our company offers cost-effective, safe stinging insect removal services.

Is Your Stinging Insect Treatment Safe?

We work hard to provide our clients with safe stinging insect treatments. We use EPA-registered products to deliver safe results. In addition to this, we require our exterminators to follow precise protocols to keep our clients safe. Our treatments will not pose a risk to you, your loved ones, or your pets.

The Cost Of Stinging Insect Exterminations

How much will you be asked to pay for our extermination services? The price will depend on several factors, including those mentioned below.

  • The stinging insect species
  • Size of your property
  • Size of the stinging insect nest
  • Location of the stinging insect nest

When Can You Begin?

Our company is ready to help you tackle this problem so you can protect your loved ones. When you’re ready to begin, call us to schedule an appointment. Once you’ve done that, you should receive a visit from one of our exterminators in 24 to 48 hours. During busier times, it may take a bit longer.

Can I Prevent Stinging Insect Infestations?

Stinging insects are going to approach your property because they see suitable nesting conditions. They’ll try to build a nest near your home. If this happens, it’ll be hard to keep them away. However, you can take steps to reduce the risks that they’ll return. Using our home service program is wise. Pay a low annual fee and we’ll visit your home three times each year. During our visit, we’ll get rid of stinging insects and help you keep them away.

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