Stinging Insect Identification Guide

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects, including bees and wasps, have stingers coming off the end of their abdomens. They use their stingers as a means of defense, or to inject venom into their prey. When not living in our yards or close to our homes, stinging insects are useful. Predatory species help to control many species of nuisance pests, and those that feed on plant nectar are responsible for some pollination.

a closeup of a hornet on a branch

Are stinging insects dangerous?

Stinging insects become dangerous when they decide to place their nests in, on, or near our homes. Though not all stinging insects are super aggressive, they will defend themselves or colony from threats by delivering painful stings. Stinging insects pose a danger to people because their venom is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions, and to those that are very allergic, anaphylaxis may occur.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

Stinging insects are opportunistic pests and will make themselves at home on any property they find suitable, including our yards. They are most attracted to properties with plenty of food sources, sheltered places to build their nests, and sources of water.

Where will I find stinging insects?

Where stinging insects will nest depends on the species. Carpenter bees prefer to build their nests in untreated pieces of softwood and prefer cedar and pine. Fences, decks, and wooden play structures are common carpenter bee nesting sites. Carpenter bees are outdoor pests and are rarely found inside homes, but will nest on the exterior of a house.

Wasps like to build their nests in the protected areas under overhangs or decks, or between rocks and in woodpiles. They may also build their nests in trees, on utility poles, or in door frames.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Get rid of stinging insects from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from stinging insects and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate stinging insects and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to stinging insects by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • When eating outside, keep food and drinks covered until you are ready to eat or drink.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of debris.

  • Remove areas of standing water from your property.

  • Don’t overplant flowering vegetation on your property.

  • Remove fallen trees, logs, and tree stumps from your yard.

  • Cut back branches and shrubs from your home’s exterior walls.

  • Repair any of your damaged screens.


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