4 Common Stinging Pests

Summer is here and so are stinging pests! Stings are painful, unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous. Let’s take a look at four common stinging pests so that you know what to stay away from this summer.


Yellowjackets have a yellow and black face and a yellow and black banded abdomen. Their nests are commonly found in the ground or cavernous areas of structures. Their colonies can become very large and they can become very aggressive, stinging repeatedly when threatened. Yellowjackets are attracted to sweets and proteins, making them a common uninvited guest at picnics.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps have some similarities in appearance to yellowjackets, however they have a thinner body. Their nests are made from dead wood and plant stem fibers that they mix with their saliva. Nests are commonly found in residential exterior areas. When directly threatened, paper wasps will attack.


Hornets are similar to yellowjackets but larger, sometimes reaching up to an inch in size. Their nests are built with wood pulp and saliva, are completely enclosed, and feature a single point of entry. Nests are typically found in shady areas that are protected from the elements. Hornets are highly aggressive and are dangerous.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees, except their abdomens are smooth and shiny without yellow markings. These pests are known to drill circular holes in wood for tunneling and can cause damage to wood structures. Carpenter bees can sting, but they are less aggressive than many other stinging pests.

If you discover a yellowjacket nest, paper wasp nest, hornet nest or carpenter bee holes, contact us to schedule a free inspection. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.