Stinging Pests are not all that fun to come in contact with! During the Spring Summer and Fall they can be active and aggressive. We can find these critters inside homes as they over-winter around siding cracks and roof lines. It is not uncommon to find large nests in eaves & attics. Some of the common wasps and yellow jackets are listed in our library. Take a look… but don’t get too close!
Description: Paper wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch long. They gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material.
Description: A typical yellow jacket worker is about .5″ inch long, with alternating bands on the abdomen while the queen is larger, about 0.75″ inch long. Workers are sometimes confused with honey bees, especially when flying in and out of their nests.
Description: The bald-faced hornet is 1/2 to 5/8 in long. It is black with white markings on the face, the thorax, the last few segments of the abdomen, and the first segment of the antennae. The wings are smoke-colored and the eyes are brown.
Description: Mud daubers are long, slender wasps, with thread-like waists. The name of this wasp group comes from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp’s mandibles.
Description: They are very large wasps, and can reach up to 1.5 inches long. They have black abdomen with yellow markings on several of the abdominal segments and an orange tint to the wings.
Description: They are large (1/2 x 1 inch long), robust insects that look like bumble bees. They differ by having a bare, shiny black abdomen compared to bumble bees which have a hairy abdomen with some yellow markings.