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Africanized “killer” bees looks so much like regular honeybees that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. A dangerous stinging insect, Africanized bees have been known to chase people for more than a quarter of a mile once they get excited and aggressive.

The bald-faced hornet is a relative of the yellow jacket and gets its common name from its largely black color and mostly white face. This stinging insect is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest.

Bumblebees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate crops and plants, however, they can sting.

 

Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are beneficial insects because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.

Mud Dabers is a group of wasps that gets its common name from the fact that they construct their nest of mud. Mud daubers are considered nuisance pests and rarely sting

 

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests.

There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.

If you notice stinging insects around your home, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional at Westfall’s Pest Control to inspect and treat the problem. For a free inspection and bug free guarantee, contact us at (941) 761-0125.

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Bee and Wasp Stings!

Both Bees and Wasps are able to sting humans and animals to defend themselves, but what makes their stings different? Most of us can say we’ve been stung by a bee or a wasp before, and it’s no fun. Minding your business working on your yard when suddenly, you feel an sharp, intense pain. You cry out! Taking a moment to realize what just happen, you’ve been stung!

So why do bees and wasp string? It’s to protect their nest, they’re attempting to defend their hives from any perceived threats. While you may of thought you were just minding your business, you made the insect so uncomfortable that it felt like the only course of action, was to attack. Both bees and wasp will do this, but wasp stings are more common because they’ll build their nest on human architecture; while bee hives are in more natural environments.

Bees stingers are barbed and designed to pierce and stick in the skins of their victims, this results in the bees losing their stingers and causing the bee to die. While with wasp, their stingers remain attached after they have stung, allowing them to sting multiple times unlike bees.

While for most people a sting from a bee or a wasp won’t cause any too much harm, their are some people who are allergic to the venom from either a wasp or bee. For these people they may need to take medication after being stung or in extreme cases, may even need to go to a hospital.

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