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How to Identify a Stinging Insect Infestation in Your House

By Chuck Henrichsen on May 23, 2017

It's that time of year again - stinging insects are making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest. Stinging insects can be dangerous and cause not only painful stings but also severe allergic reactions. If stinging insects are a concern for you during this season, we can help.

Managing a stinging insect infestation requires experience, skill and a lot of caution. However, the first step in fixing a stinging insect infestation is identifying the type of insect that is causing you problems.

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Identifying Different Types of Stinging Insects

Identifying stinging insects is not always easy. Many of them look similar to each other, which is why we've compiled a short list to help you identify the type of stinging insect.



Wasps are actually more than one type of flying stinging insects, most commonly yellowjackets and hornets (more on those later). Wasps return at the same time every year. Near the end of the summer each year, the queen produces unfertilized eggs. Then, male wasps fertilize the eggs that eventually become new queens. During the winter, these new queens remain in a warm shelter. When spring arrives, the queen lays eggs that produce the workers who build the nest and feed larvae produced by the queen.
Workers are the wasps you see that build paper-like nests on walls and the sides of homes. When under distress, wasps release a pheromone that indicates to its colony the need to defend their nest. A threat to the hive can result in hundreds of insects swarming and stinging, an incredibly dangerous scenario for young kids and people who are allergic to insect stings.



Yellowjackets are frequently confused with bees, but are one of the most common types of stinging insects. They have black and yellow lines across their bodies, are close in size to bees, and have similar behavior to bees.



Hornets are another type of stinging insect. They differ in size and color to yellowjackets, but are fatter and have stings that are very painful, as their stinger can grow quite large. Hornets can also sting multiple times. Consequently, it is very important to let a professional pest control specialist remove a hornet's nest - never do so alone!


Honey Bees

Honey bees are frequently seen collecting pollen during the spring and summer. When a hive is nearby, there can be too many bees for comfort. Although bees are beneficial to the environment, having a hive near your home is dangerous and troublesome. Knowing how to identify bees is important, and best done by a pest control specialist who can tell you if they are actually wasps or yellowjackets, as these insects have similar characteristics.


Removing Stinging Insects

There are different methods to eliminating wasps and bees, which is why you need to properly identify them. There are also different applications to get rid of these types of stinging insects, and if you are unsure about the type of wasp or bee, it is best to get help from a professional to avoid any dangers associated with bothering a hive.
The only means of getting rid of bees near your home is to move the hive completely. This requires a professional who the right tools, a plan, and skills. Consult with a pest control specialist when you have a stinging insect infestation.


Do You Have a Stinging Insect Infestation?

While stinging insects stave other pests off, the fact that they can cause pain or allergic reactions makes them a serious threat to your home and family. Although you can address a wasp nest yourself when it is small, a large one requires the expertise of a good pest control company.

Some reasons to contact us include:

  1. The nest is in your attic, crawlspace, or elsewhere inside your home
  2. The nest has grown too large for you to remedy on your own
  3. Your efforts have been unsuccessful or the stinging insects continue to return
  4. You or a member of your family has an allergy to stinging insects

If any of these instances occur for you, please contact us. The pest control specialists at Clean Crawls will eradicate wasps, hornets and yellowjackets.


Contact Us

Clean Crawls has experience eradicating pests in the Pacific Northwest. We inspect and provide a plan to exterminate stinging insects, remove the nest, and develop a plan to prevent them from returning. We can also spray and inspect spaces to prevent other pests from entering your home.

Contact our expert pest control specialists and technicians to help you stave off stinging insects, rodents and other pests in your home. Contact us today for a free quote at (866) 610-3556.


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Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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