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Stinging insects cover a handful of insects, but all of them sting. For instance, a stinging insect would be a hornet, wasps, bee, or yellowjacket. These stingings belong to the Hymenoptera order. It is also home to ants. Stinging insects are helpful and dangerous. When left alone, they are helpful pollinators. If they’re not on your property, you should leave them alone. If they’re on your property, you’ll need to get rid of them. Remember that some stinging insects can be incredibly aggressive. As a result, you’ll want to stay away from them until a professional exterminator arrives.

In our service area, you’re going to encounter a handful of stinging insects. The most common stinging insects in Boston include paper wasps, honeybees, carpenter bees, and yellowjackets. You’ll learn more about these stinging insects and you’ll learn how to identify them.

Identify Stinging Insect Species

Before you can tackle the problem at hand, you need to find out which species you’re dealing with. Doing so won’t be easy, but you can do it. You’ll want to start by finding and examining the nest. Then, you’ll want to look closely at the stinging insect.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are moderately aggressive. They normally don’t cause problems for homeowners unless they’re approached. Never teach toward paper wasps or their nests because you might get stung. A paper wasp nest will be small and round. It is gray and features a unique honeycomb pattern. Paper wasps nests can be built under eaves and overhangs. There are several paper wasps species, so the appearance is never identical. For instance, European paper wasps have black and yellow stripes. As for Northern Paper Wasps, they have brown bodies with white or yellow stripes.


Yellowjackets cannot be ignored because they’re incredibly aggressive. These pests become aggressive during late summer and fall. Around this time, the stinging insect’s nest becomes much larger. Their nests can house thousands of yellowjackets at once. They’re normally covered with a material that resembles paper. It is either black or gray. Yellowjacket nests can be found almost anywhere but they’re usually built around attics and porches.

Yellowjackets are fast flyers. During the flight, they’ll tuck their legs against their body. These stinging insects have black and yellow stripes.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are one of the most aggressive members of the stinging insect group. Their aggression reaches its peak in late summer and fall. As the colony gets larger, the stinging insect becomes more aggressive. Bald-faced hornets build nests that house lots of stinging insects. Their nests look like teardrops that have been flipped upside down. Their nests are built on trees, building sides, and bushes.

Bald-faced hornets are black and white. They have smooth bodies with little hair.


Honeybees aren’t as aggressive as other stinging insects. Plus, they can be bred to be very gentle. If you had to experience a stinging insect infestation, you’d want it to be honeybees. Honeybees build intricate nests that have complex combs made of wax. Their nests are generally round and look like honeycombs. Unlike other stinging insects, honeybees can use the same nests for several years. They have to store honey to ensure they can eat during the winter.

Honeybees are fuzzy because they have body hairs. They are orange or yellow.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees aren’t as aggressive as the others. People can approach a carpenter bee nest without getting stung. Carpenter bees build unique nests in wood surfaces. They bore 3/8” holes during the spring months. Once they’ve done that, they’re going to dispose of the wood. Later, the hole will be used to care for their young. Carpenter bees are black. They may have a fuzzy thorax. Males and females are slightly different because males have a small dot on their faces.

Dangers Of Stinging Insects

You’re likely wondering about the dangers associated with stinging insects. Well, you’ll find that these pests can indeed be dangerous. However, the danger is not universal. Some stinging insects aren’t dangerous at all, but others are. Before you can find out how dangerous it is, you need to determine which species you’re dealing with. Once you’ve learned more about the species, you’ll know how dangerous it is. You’ll also find that male insects are not dangerous. They cannot sting. Instead, you’ll need to stay away from the female stinging insect.

Another thing to note is that some insects can build nests in the ground. When they do, attempting to avoid the ground nests will be very difficult.

Why You Have Stinging Insects

Stinging insects visit homes for one reason. They’re looking for places to build nests. If your home has suitable nesting conditions, they will visit your home and build nests there.

Removing Stinging Insects

Stinging insects need to be removed from the dwelling as swiftly as possible. Failing to tackle the problem could lead to problems in the future. You can find many do-it-yourself sprays. Using these products can help eradicate the stinging insects on your property. Just remember that these products are not 100% effective. Another thing to note is that some of these products could be dangerous. They’re going to expose you to potentially dangerous chemicals. Even worse is the fact that the stinging insects are going to retaliate. Once you spray their nest, they’re going to attack you.

It is pertinent to prevent this from happening. You need to take steps to minimize the risks involved. If you wish to treat the problem on your own. Try treating the problem at night so the bugs won’t attack.

Our Exterminators Offer Safe Solutions

We know that you want to tackle the problem safely and efficiently. We’re here to help. Our company has been dealing with stinging insects for many years. We’ve developed a unique solution to fix the problem without exposing anyone to health hazards. Our company uses EPA-registered products to provide satisfactory results. Plus, our exterminators follow strict protocols to guarantee that you’re going to be protected.

Cost Of Stinging Insect Removal

How much will you pay for our services? We can’t say for certain. Instead, we need to carefully examine the situation before going forward. For instance, we need to check the species. Next, we need to analyze the size of the house and property. We also have to examine the size and location of the nest. We’ll use this information to determine the final price. Our exterminator will give you a bid price before the process begins.

When Can It Begin?

Our exterminators are ready to help. Contact us and we’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. You can expect our exterminators to arrive within 48 hours.

Preventing Future Problems

Once you’ve managed to remove the stinging insects from your property, it is pertinent to keep them away. Although you might be able to prevent some of them from visiting your property, the possibility is slim. Instead, you’ll want to take advantage of our home service program. Pay an annual fee and we’ll visit your home three times throughout the year. If we find pests on your property, we’ll treat the issue immediately. The annual fee you paid will cover the cost of treatment. Count on us to help you maintain a pest-free home.

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