Honey BeeLike much of the United States, Dayton is home to a serious amount of stinging insects. Some are helpful and necessary to a flourishing environment, but many are harmful to humans. If you'd like assistance when it comes to keeping stinging insect populations under control, call Critter Control of Dayton today! We can help.

A few stinging insect types that you may encounter inside your home or on your property include:

  • Africanized "killer" bees appear so similar to regular honeybees that virtually the only way to decipher a difference is to physically measure their wings. Killer bees tend to attack in bigger numbers and more aggressively than a typical bee, too.
  • The bumble bee is very beneficial to the environment because they pollinate plants and crops.
  • Carpenter bees look very similar to regular bumblebees but they don't have the yellow stripes. They often live by themselves.
  • Cicada killers have the ability to sting, but they are not aggressive — though their large size often scares people. Their movements are most visible in the spring time, after the larvae develop and come out of the nest. Cicada killers are mostly found in gardens feeding on pollen.
  • Honey bees are very helpful insects, because they play a vital role in pollination. They are social insects responsible for pollinating over 100 different types of crops in the U.S. alone. Removal of honey bee hives can be dangerous and complicated, especially if it's inside a wall.
  • Hornets and wasps are intimidating insects that the majority of people are fearful of. The insects are aggressive and are responsible for severe allergic reactions to people with bee allergies. Unlike bees, however, one wasp can sting multiple times in one attack. Hornet stingers are not barbed, so they do not leave their stingers in their victims. Hornets and wasps live in colonies and are pretty large and bright yellow. They make nests in many different locations, including the ground, trees, and inside or on buildings.
  • Mud daubers are isolated by choice and create a variety of different nest types. As their name suggests, they use mud to create their nests. They are predatory, usually hunting and capturing spiders.
  • Yellow jackets are usually yellow and black and around 1 ½ inches long. They may have up to thousands of yellow jackets in their nests, which are often located in the ground or walls.

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