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Stinging Pests You Can Expect To See

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Controlling stinging pests can "bee" difficult and, when stringing pests come into our yards, they can be a real "pain." Okay. Those are all the puns we're going to use. We promise. There is nothing funny about being swarmed by stinging insects. When wasps, bees, or hornets come into your yard, there are a few things you should know.


While all honey bees are able to sting, most species do not prefer to sting. The bee to watch out for is the Africanized honey bee. These bees, which are also called killer bees, are very aggressive and can react to a threat that is more than 50 feet away from its nest. When they do, they pour out of their nest and swarm.

Paper Wasps

These insects build oval nests under the rooflines of homes, on tree limbs, on outbuildings, and sometimes in attic spaces. While not nearly as aggressive as other stinging pests, paper wasps do protect their nests and they do work together in a swarm to defend their nests.

Yellow Jackets

These are bad-tempered wasps that establish nests both high and low. They may create a nest in a hole in the ground or way up in an attic space. They're also known to make their nests in the strangest of locations, such as an old couch that is sitting in storage. What is most important to know about these painful pests is that they do not abandon their nest if it is in a warm location. This means a yellow jackets' nest can turn into a super nest after a few years.


Nests created by baldfaced hornets look like paper wasp nests. But, these hornets are much more aggressive than paper wasps. Typically, a few of these hornets will circle the nest continually and act as sentry guards. When they sense danger, they alert the nest and develop into a swarm.

Things That Attract Stinging Pests

Food is a strong motivator for stinging insects. If you have any of the four pests listed above establishing a nest on your property, it is likely that they were drawn in by the presence of food. Here are some food sources that lure them in.

  • Nectar: Any yard that has flowers is going to be ideal for all of these insects.
  • Sugars: Beekeepers often feed their bees sucrose or high fructose corn syrup to supplement their supply of food in their hive. In the wild, bees may seek out sugars from juice cups left outside, half-empty soda cans, and similar items.
  • Protein: Wasps eat protein as well as sugars. Yellow jackets will target caterpillars, grubs, and other insects. Paper wasps dine on caterpillars, beetle larvae, and flies. Baldfaced hornets will pick meat from a dead animal. All of these wasps will get into open trash cans in search of food. It is important to keep all exterior trash sealed if you want to reduce stinging pests.

Pest Control

While controlling food sources can have an impact, the best way to stop stinging insects is with proactive pest control. The best way to accomplish proactive pest control is to partner with a professional like Nozzle Nolen. The licensed professionals at Nozzle Nolen are not only educated in the humane removal of nests, they are trained to locate nests before stinging pests have an opportunity to become a threat.

  • Removal. Stinging pests are dangerous, our pest control technicians have protective gear to prevent stings during removal. They are also trained in strict safety protocols that work to protect everyone on the property during and after the removal of nests.
  • Prevention. When Africanized honey bees or yellow jackets make their home, it can be in some pretty strange places. Our technicians know where to look.

Whether you need one-time service for the removal of a nest, or ongoing pest control service that includes wasps and bees, reach out to Nozzle Nolen today. Stinging pests are a threat that no family should have to deal with. Call us toady to schedule a free inspection, and let's gets you on your way to being pest-free.

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