Stinging Insect Guides – Removal and Identification

Stinging insects are not only a nuisance but they can also be dangerous to yourself, family and pets! Although there are some stinging insects that provide benefits to the environment and your home, you still need to be aware of how to control them as well as get rid of the dangerous stinging insects. Below you’ll find all of our stinging insect related content:

Species Of Stinging Insects:

In this article, we will go through the different types of stinging insects that are found in North America. There is a lot of information out there about bees and wasps so I have included only those which I deem most important for my readers to know.


Bumblebees are fuzzy and are usually quite large. They can be black, yellow, or orange with black bands (see below). Bumblebees also have smaller colonies than honeybees.

The sting of a bumblebee is barbed like that of many other stinging insects which means it will remain in the skin after the bee has flown away. The venom injected by bumblebees is used to paralyze small prey rather than to defend themselves so their stings are much less painful than those of wasps or hornets.

Yellow-faced bees:

These bees look similar to bumblebees except they are slightly more rounded and lack banded markings on their bodies. They form very large colonies where all the males die out at the end of each year.

Carpenter Bees:

Carpenter bees are a species of bee that leave their nests in wood and can be a serious pest – especially to those with wooden decks, wooden structures and any other wooden items around the home. They get their name from their penchant for boring into wood to create nests, although they will also use man-made materials such as PVC piping and fascia boards.

Solitary Bees:

These bees do not live in colonies or hives but focus on creating individual nests to lay their eggs. Most solitary bees are either leafcutter bees or mason bees which create nests out of single cells using mud and leaves.


Honeybees are a species of bee that are typically the most well-known. They are often sold through commercial outlets as pollinators to maintain orchards and gardens. They form hives, which can have up to 60,000 bees living in them at any point. They are some of the most important species of bee since they work to pollinate flowers.

Baldfaced Hornets:

Baldfaced Hornets, commonly found in North America and Europe, typically feed on moth and butterfly larvae. They create paper nests that they build off of tree branches. or branch. They are largely black in color and will have a whitish face. They are beneficial because they will keep other pests at bay, but they will sting you if they get agitated.

European Hornets:

European Hornets are very similar to Baldfaced Hornets. They live in the same areas and eat the same things, but they are slightly larger than Baldfaced Hornets. Their stinger is also much longer, which makes them even more dangerous.

Mud Daubers:

Mud daubers are a species of wasp that build nests by creating mud and then building it into a tube shape. They prey on pest insects, such as caterpillars and beetle larvae, so they are considered to be beneficial.

They come in three different types: Black and yellow, black and orange, and all black. Pest control is often recommended if they form a nest near your family or home because they aren’t afraid to sting.


Yellowjackets, which some people call meat bees or ground hornets, are a species of wasp that love to eat sweet things. This means garbage and fruit juices. Like other stinging insects, they protect their nests and sting when threatened.

Their nests can be found in trees, shrubbery, along walkways or foundations, and even underground (in the case of yellowjacket colonies living in the walls). They either make their nests out of dirt or dig them completely underground. Generally, they will give you a warning before they sting, but caution is recommended.