Stinging Insect Identification: Hornets and Killer Bees

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to identify various common stinging insects using their nests and their physical characteristics. While many of these insects are part of the natural ecosystem, their nests being built too close to homes or buildings present risks, both to human health and to the quality of the structures in question.

At Logan Extermination, we’re proud to offer a variety of both residential and commercial pest control and exterminator services. Whether you require only segmented areas of pest control, such as a foundation spray or a perimeter control appointment, or need comprehensive coverage for your home or building, we’re here to help. A big part of our exterminator or pest control services when it comes to stinging insects involves identifying the insect to begin with, and it pays for home or building owners to have some general knowledge here also. Today’s part two of our series will go over a couple other common stinging insects, plus the value of professional extermination.

Bald-Faced Hornets

One of the more aggressive and possibly dangerous stinging insect types out there is the bald-faced hornet, which is so named due to its mostly white face that accompanies a black body. This type of hornet builds a paper nest that sits at least three feet off the ground, and is therefore often found in areas like trees, shrubs, houses, sheds and even overhangs. Nests can be over a foot in diameter and over two feet in length, plus are completely enclosed – unlike most other stinging insect nests.

These hornets usually appear in late summer, and will build entirely new nests from the previous season. They are aggressive and will attack anything that invades their territory, and can sting repeatedly similar to a yellowjacket.

Africanized Honey Bees

Another aggressive stinging insect is the Africanized honey bee, which you’ve probably heard referred to as a killer bee. These bees live in small colonies and build their nests in places that often interact with humans – in tires or crates, on utility poles, inside mailboxes and in similar locations. They can also nest in many areas around the yard.

These are slightly smaller bees than other types, but they’re tough to tell apart only based on looks. One of their unique characteristics is the way they attack in groups – many bees will attempt to sting the target at once, which can lead to more harm and health risks. They are highly sensitive to noise or vibration, meaning removal of nests near dwellings is usually a must.

Professional Assistance

If you’ve located any of these stinging insect nests near your property, especially for aggressive insects like hornets or killer bees, it’s vital to utilize professional exterminator services. Attempting to remove these nests on your own may bring significant safety and property risks, for one, plus will usually lead to repeat issues – meanwhile, our pros will handle your extermination needs quickly and permanently, ensuring you don’t see the same issue again in a few weeks or months.

For more on how to identify various stinging insects, or to learn about any of our pest control services, speak to the staff at Logan Extermination today.

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