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Most people will instinctually duck when they get “buzzed” by a flying bug. That’s natural but it’s the moment later when you see what buzzed you, such as a stinging insect, that determines whether an action is necessary or not.  

Honey Bees are the kinder and gentler type of stinging insect

Was that a fuzzy honey bee minding its own business?  If it was a Honey Bee, don’t kill them or you’re hurting yourself in the long run. Honey bees happily feed on flower nectar and in the process pollinate plants. Actually, they pollinate one-third of the food we eat, such as berries, pears, apples, citrus, melons, peas, and beans, just to name a few.

As far as a stinging insect goes, pollinators such as honey bees are more like cattle out there grazing on nature and producing something and serving to help crops grow, while wasps and hornets are more like coyotes and wolves eating whatever they can.

Wasps and Hornets are aggressive stinging insects

Unlike the honey bee who is rarely aggressive, but does sting, wasps and hornets are much more aggressive and protective of their space. Wasps and hornets are far more territorial and may have quite a radius around their nest that they claim as their own and defend accordingly (by stinging you). Despite their stings, wasps are considered beneficial insects because they capture huge quantities of flies, caterpillars, and other insects to feed their young. All insects play a role in keeping order in nature.

yellow jacket stinging insect-500However, wasps and hornets are not your ideal backyard or household friend. If you see that a wasp or hornet buzzed you, it might be a good idea to see if there is a nest nearby. Stand still and watch the wasp’s activity to see what direction their nest might be in. They often build nests inside attics and gutters, or under decks or eaves. Over-the-counter treatments are not always as effective as you’d like on a stinging insect and you might not get them all. Also be aware that the stingers can cause serious health issues like painful swelling, infections, nausea, and in rare cases even death. To learn more, go to our Wasps and Hornets page.

Call a professional pest technician

Don’t tempt the stinging insect in the nest, give us a call at Independent Pest Solutions, LLC, (253) 284-4581. Our Pest Technicians will perform a free inspection of your yard and home. Once the technician locates the nest and suits up with proper protective gear, the pests can be treated and the nest removed safely.