Stinging Insect Identification
BEES & WASPS
A-1 Bonded Termite would like to help you identify the common stinging insects in your area. After looking at the differences within our stinging insect identification guide, you should be able to tell the difference between your local stinging pests.
Our best advice to avoiding getting stung is:
Keep your distance.
Even if the unidentified insect doesn’t sting, they may bite.
A hive, nest, or swarm of insects should be investigated and handled by professionals. For severe infestations, it may be necessary to have properly-suited gear covering your full body depending on the pest.
Call us today to investigate any infestation.
Stinging Insect Behavior
Bees and wasps are essential to our environment. Non-invasive species pollinate plant life and live in harmony in a nature. Without them, our planet would struggle to retain plant life. Most bees are non-aggressive.
However, some bee and most wasp species are aggressive and extremely territorial. If the pests have become invasive and made your property their own, for your safety, a removal is necessary. Very few bees and wasps are considered safe to be around your home or business.
There are over 20,000 known species of bees, 17,000 different types of wasps. Below are a few that we get rid of from your homes and businesses.
- Bees only sting once
- Bees live in large geometric waxy hives
- They are generally hairy or fuzzy
- Bees often have unclear separation between the thorax and abdomen
- Bees eat flowers, pollen and nectar
- Wasps may sting multiple times
- Wasps live in large papery nests
- The have a smooth and waxy/shiny appearance
- Wasps have a thin clear separation between their segmented sections: head, abdomen, and thorax
- Wasps are omnivores. They are carnivorous hunters, eating both bugs and flowers.
Crickets and Ants Sting Too!
We find all biting and stinging sneaky suspects and eliminate them from your homes and businesses. A-1 Bonded Termite knows just as much about stinging insects as we do about termites.
AFRICANIZED HONEY BEE
YELLOW JACKET WASP
If you don’t see the type of bee or wasp that’s bugging you, do not worry, we probably still have you covered. Give us a call today to eliminate your concerns and make your home or business pest-free again.
What To Do If You’ve Been Stung
Nobody enjoys being stung – Even if you are not allergic to a bee or wasp sting or bite it still is quite painful. On the Schmidt’s Pain Index, the official bug pain index from 1 to 4, wasp stings rank at a level 3. A Level 2 Honey Bee sting is described as, “burning and corrosive, but you can handle it.” A level 3 Paper wasp sting being like “spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a papercut.”
To relieve the pain and swelling of a bee/wasp sting*:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help.
- As well as an antihistamine to help with swelling and itching.
- An ice pack with a cloth between the skin and the ice pack to prevent frostbite.
*Please consult your doctor or physician first if you are unsure of any allergic reaction from any sting or bite. Reactions may be severe depending on your allergies.
Allergies To Stinging Insects
Because many people have allergies to bees, stinging insect identification is valuable information. Everybody should know the basic differences between bees and wasps:
Stinging Insect Identification – Similarities
Bee and wasps both have stingers that release venom when injected into your skin. While bees only sting once, wasps can sting multiple times and be more aggressive.