Stinging Insects

Africanized ("Killer") Bees

Africanized "killer" bees looks so much like regular honeybees that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. A dangerous stinging insect, Africanized bees have been known to chase people for more than a quarter of a mile once they get excited and aggressive.
Bald-faced Hornets - Types of Stinging Insects, Wasps & Bees

Bald-faced Hornets

The bald-faced hornet is a relative of the yellowjacket and gets its common name from its largely black color and mostly white face. This stinging insect is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest.

Bumble Bee Control: Types of Bees & Wasps

Bumble Bees

Bumblebees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate crops and plants, however, they can sting.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow stripes. This type of stinging bee gets its common name from its habit of boring into wood like a carpenter.

European Hornet Sting: Get Rid of Hornets

European Hornet

This hornet (also called Giant hornet) gets its common name from its introduction from Europe into the New York area in the 1800's. European hornets are much larger than yellow jackets and unlike most stinging insects, can be active at night.


Honey Bees

Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are beneficial insects because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.
Open Pipe Mud Daubers - Types of Stinging Insects, Wasps & Bees

Open Pipe Mud Daubers

This group of wasps gets its common name from the fact that they construct their nest of mud. Mud daubers are considered nuisance pests and rarely sting.
Paper Wasps: Wasp Treatment & Wasp Stings

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests.

Velvet Ants ("Cow Killers"): Types of Stinging Insects, Wasps & Bees

Velvet ("Cow Killers") Ants

The common name of "velvet ant" is misleading because velvet ants are actually wasps. They get the "velvet" part of their name from the very fuzzy females, which are wingless and often brightly colored.

Get Rid of Yellowjackets - Yellow Jacket Stings


There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.