Stinging & Biting 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.
 

American Dog Ticks

The American dog tick gets its name from the fact that adult ticks prefer domestic dogs as hosts, and this tick species is only found in North America.

 

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

The Asian tiger mosquito is an exotic species that gets its "tiger" name from the single white stripe down the center of its head and back. This biting insect can transmit harmful diseases like West Nile virus, Chikungunya and dengue fever.

 

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.
 

Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks

A notorious biting arachnid, the blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are in contrast to its pale body. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.
 

Brown Dog Ticks

The brown dog tick is named for its color and because it is found on domestic dogs. Although it is unusual for a brown dog tick to bite humans, it will do so in the absence of a canine host.

 

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.
 

Chicken Mites (Bird Mites)

Chicken mites, also known as bird mites, get their common name because they live on the skin of a wide variety of birds, but especially chickens. They become structural pests when they migrate from bird nests into buildings and attack humans. They are found throughout the United States and worldwide.

 

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.

 

Flea

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

 

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.
 

Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick gets its name from the single silvery-white spot located on the female's back. These ticks attack humans more frequently than any other tick species in the eastern and southeastern states.

 

Mosquitoes

One of the best-known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil. There are about 170 different kinds of mosquito species in North America alone.

 

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

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.
 

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

The Rocky Mountain wood tick - also known more simply as the wood tick - gets its name from its primary distribution in the Rocky Mountain states and its preferred habitat of wooded areas.

 

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.
 

Yellowjackets

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