It’s common for people to be fearful for stinging insects as it is known that their sting can bring pain and/or allergic reactions. Sometimes it helps our fears if we understand them better, so here are the basics of stinging insects.
- Yellow Jackets – Yellow jackets are a part of the wasp family. These insects tend to thrive in underground nests, so simple movement from the ground could provoke them and trigger an attack. Yellow jacket stings can be painful, and even deadly if you have a serious allergy. Unlike bees, yellow jackets don’t lose their stinger, so they can sting repeatedly. If you notice a yellow jacket’s nest forming in your yard, within your walls, or property, call a professional right away.
- Hornets – In the state of Florida you can primarily find two different types of hornets: European and Bald Faced Hornets. Bald Faced hornets differ from the common European Hornet because they can be somewhat beneficial — they kill yellow jackets and other nuisance insects. However, they can also sting repeatedly.
- Wasps – Believe it or not, there are several different kinds of wasp species that reside in Florida. Just to mention a few, there is the Cicada Wasp, Blue-Winged Wasp, Spider Wasp, and American Pelecinid Wasp. Some of these wasps are harmful, and some don’t pose an issue. Always call a professional if you discover a wasp nest, and they will be able to determine if they are harmful and if they need to be removed.