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Stinging Insects

Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects are a group of insects known for their aggressive, territorial behavior, ability to sting perceived threats, and (for some) social colonies. Stinging insects belong to the scientific order Hymenoptera, and they range in appearance depending on the species. Some of the stinging insects you will encounter have distinct yellow and black markings, and some are solid red, black, brown, or even grey and blue.

The types of stinging insect species that cause the most problems around human structures are bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, European hornets, mud dauber wasps, cicada killers, ground bees, carpenter bees, and paper wasps.

Our Collegeville pest control team at Terra Pest Management Specialists provides helpful stinging insect identification.

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects are dangerous to encounter or host in large numbers around your property due to their aggressive nature and tendency to sting any perceived threat. Stumbling across a nest or lone stinging insect buzzing around your property can leave you with a painful sting (or multiple painful stings) and the risk of an allergic reaction. Occasionally, stinging insects will swarm a threat and sting multiple times, increasing your risk of serious health issues.

If you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing or swallowing after an insect sting, seek medical attention immediately.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insect problems result from their attraction to food, shelter, or moisture around your property. Taking steps to understand what is attracting these pests and reducing access to these factors reduces your chances of a serious stinging insect infestation.

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