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Stinging Insects

Stinging Insects

Stinging Insects frighten almost everyone when they come into contact with one. The very presence of Stinging Insects makes people feel threatened. Even though bees and wasps rarely sting, getting stung can be a painful experience and can even turn fatal for those few people that are highly allergic.

There are several different species of Stinging Insects. The most common Stinging Insects found in New Jersey are: Carpenter Bees (hyperlink to page), Ground Bees, Bumble Bees, Honey Bees, Bald Faced Hornets, Wasps, Paper Wasps, Cicada Killers, Mud Daubers and Yellow Jackets.


Yellow Jacket Wasps

Are the cause of a majority of the stings people attribute to Stinging Insects. Yellow Jackets are black and yellow and commonly build gray or tan colored paper nests, which are typically hidden within cavities. A single queen begins her nesting around April or May. As the number of workers increases, the paper nest starts to enlarge to include a series of combs. Larger Yellow Jacket nests can support thousands. Yellow Jacket nests will remain active until late fall depending upon the weather and availability of food sources.


Bald Faced Hornets

Are more common tree nesting wasps. They can grow to up to 3/4 inch long. They are easily identified because of their distinct color pattern. More specifically, the head, thorax, abdomen and antennae are black and white. Their wings are more of a smoky type of coloring. Bald Faced Hornets’ nests are constructed by chewing up strips of wood and mixing it with sticky saliva. Typically, a single nest can hold several hundred hornets. Nests are most commonly found suspended from branches of shrubs and trees. Although sometimes nests can be located under eaves. Nests are never reused the following year.


Paper Wasps

Paper wasps can range in size from ¾” to 1” inch long. They are slender, narrow waisted wasps with smoky black colored wings that are folded lengthwise when at rest. Their coloration varies depending upon the Paper Wasp species. Some are brown with yellow markings on the head, thorax and bands on the abdomen and others are overall reddish-brown.

Paper wasps differ and should not be confused with Yellow Jackets and Bald Faced Hornets. Paper Wasp nests are open and cells are not covered. Their nests are shaped of an inverted umbrella.

Fertilized queens will overwinter in protected habitats such as cracks and crevices in structures or under tree bark. Then in the spring, the queens will select a nesting site and begin to build a nest. In late summer, queens will stop laying eggs and the colony soon begins to decline. In the fall, mated female offspring of the queen will seek overwintering sites for the next season. The remainder of the Paper Wasp colony will not survive the winter.

Paper Wasps nests commonly occur around the home underneath eaves, in or on structures. Paper Wasps can attack when the nest is disturbed and each can sting repeatedly.


Cicada Killers

Cicada Killers is a larger wasp. The Cicada Killer can grow over1 ½” inches long. Its head and thorax are a rust appearing color. The abdomen section of the Cicada is black and yellow, similar to the coloring of a Yellow Jacket.

The Cicada Kill can most commonly be found at the edges of forests, in gardens, and in waste places.

Cicada Killers are typically seen in early Summer. After they have mated, the female digs a burrow about 6” inches deep in the soil. Inside the burrow, the female will make several cells, or small oval-shaped chambers. You can typically identify Cicada Killer's burrow by the U shaped dirt around the hole.


Mud Daubers

Mud Daubers get their name because they construct nests from mud. They are about an 1” inch long and bluish-black coloring, with a very thin waist. Mud Daubers are commonly seen on the sides of homes where they are building a nest, or on the ground in places in soft mud.

After breeding, female Mud Daubers look for a suitable place to build a mud nest. Typically, Mud Daubers will construct nests on walls of homes; but mud dauber nests have also been found on chimneys, under porches, in attics, and inside birdhouses.



Stinging Insects can present a serious problem for homeowners. If you start to see bees or wasps flying around your home, it is likely that you may have a nest close by. Let Alliance Pest Services take care of all your Stinging Insect problems today!

Learn more about our Stinging Insect Protection to make sure your home stays free and clear of all Stinging Insects.

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