Stinging Insects

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Living in Cincinnati means that you’re going to encounter stinging insects at some point. These pests are problematic because they can potentially sting people. Stinging insects are members of the Hymenoptera order of insects which surprisingly is home to ants too. Although stinging insects should be removed from your property, they’re beneficial pollinators. With this in mind, you should leave them alone if they’re not attacking anyone or destroying your property. Once you’ve found stinging pests on your property, begin working to identify the species. Until you do that, you won’t have any success getting rid of them.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, you may encounter paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, carpenter bees, honeybees, and yellowjackets. It is wise to learn more about these species so you’ll know how dangerous they are.

Identifying The Stinging Insect Species

Before the extermination can begin, it is pertinent to find out what you’re dealing with. Carefully examine the species and nest so you can find out which species it is. Our technicians can detect and eliminate all stinging insect species. If you need assistance, call our office and we’ll help.

Paper Wasps

You might be able to approach a paper wasp nest without getting stung. Nevertheless, you don’t want to take any risks. Stay away from the nest to ensure you don’t get stung. As long as you don’t get too close, you should be okay. Never reach toward these stinging insects. Paper wasps build round, gray nests. Their nests feature a unique honeycomb design. Paper wasp nests are commonly found on fences as well as under eaves and overhangs.

Residents of Cincinnati will encounter two species of paper wasps. One of the most common is the Northern Paper Wasp. These wasps have brown bodies and orange spots. In addition to this, they have white or yellow stripes. Then, you have to worry about European paper wasps. These paper wasps have black and yellow stripes with orange antennas.


Yellowjackets are more aggressive than other stinging insects you’ll find in Cincinnati. The colony will become larger in late summer or fall. As the colony grows, the yellowjackets become more aggressive. With that being said, it is best to stay away from the nest in late summer and fall. A yellowjacket nest can house many stinging insects. In some cases, there will be thousands of yellow jackets living in the same nest. The nests are covered in a black or gray material that looks like paper. Yellowjackets build nests around attics and porches. They can also be found in dense bushes.

Unfortunately, some yellowjackets build underground nests. When dealing with underground nests, they’re difficult to avoid. Yellowjackets have yellow and black stripes on their bodies. Yellowjackets can fly very quickly.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets should be avoided at all costs. They’re aggressive and they become more aggressive in late summer and fall. When the colony increases in size, bald-faced hornets become more willing to attack potential threats. Their nests look like upside-down teardrops so they’re easy to identify. A bald-faced hornet nest will house many stinging insects. They are often found attached to bushes, trees, and building sides. They can also be attached to tall grass.

These stinging insects are white and black with smooth bodies. You’ll also notice that they have bigger heads and thoraxes.


Honeybees are less aggressive and some are bred to be gentle. When this happens, you won’t need to worry about them stinging you. Honeybees are often raised so the owner can collect the honey later. Honeybees use the same nest for multiple years. They have to collect and store honey to ensure they’ll have enough food for winter. They create intricate hives with combs made of wax. In general, honeybees are going to build nests on hollow trees, rock crevices, and walls. Again, their nests have a honeycomb pattern. If you love honey and want to produce your own, it would be a good idea to begin raising honeybees.

These stinging insects are yellow or orange with brown, fuzzy bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are not as aggressive as some of the other species mentioned above. You can often approach a carpenter bee nest without being stung. Still, you should take steps to protect yourself. It can be difficult to spot carpenter bee nests since they have a much different appearance. Their nests are small holes in the wood surfaces. These stinging insects bore 3/8” holes in wood fascia, decks, and siding. Their nests are created in Spring before it is used to care for young carpenter bees. Bumblebees have a lot in common with carpenter bees.

The carpenter bee species in our area has a hairless, black stomach. Its thorax is yellow, black, and fuzzy.

Dangers Associated With Stinging Insects

We recommend being cautious when approaching a stinging insect nest. Although some species are not dangerous, others are. Therefore, you’ll want to do what you can to protect yourself. Don’t unnecessarily expose yourself to these dangers. If you’ve found a stinging insect nest on your property, call an exterminator. A professional will help you identify the species so you can find out how dangerous it is. As the name implies, stinging insects sting. However, not all of them are aggressive. Therefore, the danger involved depends on the specific species you’re dealing with.

Another unique thing about stinging insects is that males do not sting. They can’t. The biggest concern is being allergic to stings and underground nests. Remember that certain stinging insects can sting you multiple times. In some cases, stings could lead to anaphylactic shock. Be cautious and work with a professional to deal with the issue.

Reasons You Have Stinging Insects

Stinging insects invade properties because they’re looking for places to build nests. If they’re on your property, they’re likely looking for a place to build a nest.

Dealing With Wasp & Bee Infestations

Once you’ve found stinging insects on your property, begin working to get rid of them. You may consider using DIY remedies to fix the problem. Although this is a possibility, we do not recommend it. The problem is that many of these methods are unproven. Therefore, they might work but they may not. It is hard to say until you try it. Another concern is that these products may contain dangerous chemicals. Avoid these risks by working with our technicians. If you are going to deal with the problem without a professional, make sure that you spray the nest at night.

After the sun goes down, the pests will be less likely to attack. Still, there is a high risk that you’re going to get stung.

Safer Treatments

When you decide to tackle the problem, call our office. We’ve trained our technicians to ensure that they’ll fix the problem while protecting everyone in your home. We use the latest techniques and tools to deal with stinging insect infestations. Our EPA-registered products will keep you safe every step of the way. When you’re ready to begin, contact us and we’ll deal with it. Remember that we offer free quotes.

Cost Of Stinging Insect Exterminations

Are you ready to begin? Contact our office and learn more about our services. During your call, you can learn more about the cost of our services. We have to determine which species it is and how big your home is. We’ll use this information to build a solution that will work well for you and your budget. Our technician will give you a bid price before they begin removing the stinging insects.

When Can It Begin?

Call us right now. Do not delay because doing so could result in someone getting stung. Remember that we’re available every business day. We’ll get back to you within 48 hours or sooner.

Preventing Invasions Of Stinging Insects

It is a good idea to do what you can to prevent stinging insects from invading your home. Unfortunately, there is little you can do. Try properly painting or staining the softwood around your home. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your property. Once you’ve found stinging insects around your home, call us so we can get rid of them.

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