Stinging Pest Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from stinging pests by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Types of Stinging Pests

What do stinging pests look like?

Stinging pests come in a range of shapes an sizes that span multiple insect species. While the common factor is a stinger, body types, colors, and legs vary widely between pest such as bees, hornets, wasps, and even scorpions. These pests can all present problems for you or your home and controlling them begins with accurate identification. For more information, contact Orkin for an accurate identification of the pest problem you are experiencing.

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Order Hymenoptera



Vespa crabo



Order Scorpiones



Order Hymenoptera

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket

Vespula spp. & Dolichovespula spp.


How do I get rid of stinging pests?

What Orkin Does

If you find a nest on your property, removing it safely and completely can be difficult. Orkin can perform an inspection and put together a stinging pest treatment plan for your situation.

Once our technician locates their nest, they can treat the pests as well as remove the source. Your Orkin Pro will look for conditions that invite stinging insects, tackle current infestations, and remove any nests to help prevent future stingers from showing up.

With more than 160 hours of training just in the first year, you can trust your technician will know the classification and behavior of stinging insects so a solution can be targeted for your home.

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Stinging Pest Facts

Understanding Stinging Pests

The more you know about stinging pests, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.


Stinging insects such as bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets use their stings to subdue prey (primarily insects and spiders) and to defend themselves or their colony.

Hornet Nests

Hornet nests are constructed with paper-like material produced by the insects mixing their saliva together with the wood fibers they gather.


Unlike wasps, yellow jackets and hornets, honey bees, Africanized honey bees and bumble bees sting and inject venom only once and usually die within minutes after delivering their sting.

Scorpion Habitats

Scorpions live in very dry climates. Despite this, they are very sensitive to the loss of moisture from their body and hide during the day in shady locations.


There are many species of wasps that are important pollinators. However, taken as a group, wasps do pollinate, but are not as effective at pollinating as the bees.

Bee Swarms

Two kinds of bee swarms occur: primary and secondary. Queen bees lead primary swarms. Secondary swarms are led by several virgin, female bees. As a result, these swarms are half the size of the primary swarm and do not occur as often.

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