Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
These pests are especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food that will sustain their queens during the winter. Browse our extensive list of biting insects and stinging insects for details on specific species
Types of Stinging Pests
Africanized ("Killer") Bees:
These bees look similar to regular honeybees. The only difference between the two is the length of their bodies. These insects are dangerous and sting, with a different wing measurement that regular honeybees.
Africanized bees have caused human and animal fatalities as a result of their heightened defensive characteristics (thus more stings from more individual bees)
These Hornets are a relative of the yellow jacket, in black and white colour. It got its name from it's mostly white face contrasted with its black body. It is called a hornet because of its large size and above ground nesting.
Bald-faced Hornets are common tree-nesting wasps. They grow to 3/4 inch long.
These hornets are easy to recognize because of their color pattern. The head, thorax, abdomen, andantennae are black and white. Wings are smoky.
Bald-faced Hornet nests are usually found in meadows, forest edges, gardens, and parks.
Nests are made by chewing up strips of wood and mixing it with sticky saliva. One nest may hold up to 700 hornets.
Mostly beneficial insects, Bumble bees pollinate crops and plants.
These bees look similar to bumblebees, except that they ofter lack yellow stripes. They are mostly solitary creatures.
Chicken Mites (Bird Mites):
These Mites got their name from living on the skin of a variety of birds, including chickens. They can migrate from birds into buildings and can become pests to humans. These pests are found worldwide.
This type of Hornet was introduced into New York from Europe in the 1800's. Larger than yellow jackets, these hornets are mostly nocturnal.
Also called a parasite, fleas feed on the blood of warm-blooded beings, including humans. Cat fleas are most common, feeding on cats, dogs and humans.
Honey bees are very beneficial because of the role that they play in pollination. They are found all over the world, and pollinate more than 100 different types of crops.
Open Pipe Mud Daubers:
This wasp got its name from nesting in mud. They are widely spread in the United States.
These wasps got their name from creating their nests out of paper like material. Also called umbrella wasps, they build destinctive nests in the shape of umbrellas. Various species are available.
This species of wasp has a yellow and black head and face, and a patterned abdomen. This pattern can resemble stripes, and help researches identity the specific species of yellowjacket. Various species are available.