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Detroit Michigan Professional Stinging Insect Pest Control

The stinging insect is a term utilized in reference to species with stingers. Hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, ants, and bees make up the stinging insect classification and “Hymenoptera” order. Some members of the Hymenoptera order are also pollinators, an insect that helps industrial, commercial, and independent farmers grow specific plants – corn, strawberries, and cucumbers.

In Detroit, Michigan, the most common stinging insect sightings involve the paper wasp, honeybee, carpenter bee, yellowjacket, and bald-faced hornet. Learn more about these stinging insect species by reading the content provided in the article below.

Differentiating Between The Hornet, Yellowjacket, And Wasp

Paper Wasp

The paper wasp is an aggressive stinging insect that only stings when provoked. It is not recommended to approach a paper wasp or its nest without the proper skills and tools. The paper wasp nest is developed from a paper-like material that is gray in color, with a honeycomb design. Paper wasps build their nests underneath overhangs, fence posts, eaves, and soffit.

The paper wasp’s distinguishable features include its long three pairs of elbowed legs, large round head, two black antennas, two large wings, and a dark brown with yellowish/orange stripes.


The yellowjacket is one of the most aggressive stinging insects. The yellowjacket’s aggression level is at its highest, which generally occurs in the fall. We do not recommend ever entering the area where a yellowjacket nest is located. Doing so will put you in a very dangerous situation.

The yellowjacket nest has the capacity of thousands of live insects and larvae. The nest is constructed from thin paper-like material. The insect builds its nest in buildings, under deck railing, and shrubs. The most dangerous yellowjacket nest is those buried underneath the ground. Since the underground yellowjacket nest is not visible, you can walk upon it unknowingly, putting yourself in grave danger.

The yellow jacket has yellow stripes that sit on a black background. The antennas and head are solid black while the legs are yellow.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are incredibly dangerous. They cannot be ignored because they are dangerous for people and pets. They tend to build larger colonies in summer and fall. If the nest is larger, the pest is more dangerous. Their nests can house thousands of insects. Their nests are large balls that look a little like teardrops. They can be attached to trees and tall grass.

These pests are white and black with smooth bodies.


Honeybees are not as aggressive as other stinging insects. They can be bred to be gentle. They build intricate nests made of wax. Their nests are placed on cavities, hollow trees, rocks, and elsewhere. You’ll notice that their nests have a honeycomb pattern. These pests build colonies that are used for several years. As a result, the pest needs to store honey to ensure it can survive.

Honeybees are orange or yellow with fuzzy bodies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are less aggressive than most stinging insects. You can approach their nests without getting stung. These nests build 3/8” holes in wood surfaces, including siding, decks, and fascia. They build nests in spring and discard the wood. The cavity is used to care for the stinging insect’s young. Carpenter bees are large and look similar to bumblebees. Some of them are hairless. If you look closely, you may see a yellow dot on their face.

If you find this dot, you’re looking at a stinging insect.

Biggest Dangers

Residents cannot ignore stinging insects because they’re potentially dangerous. After all, these pests sting humans. They can attack dogs and cats as well. Just remember that the danger depends on the pest in question. For instance, no male stinging insect will be able to sting. They’re not capable of doing so. To minimize the risks, you’ll want to stay away from are stinging insect nests. A larger nest means that the stinging insects are more dangerous. Don’t get too close to their nest and you likely won’t get stung.

Unfortunately, yellowjackets are incredibly dangerous. They can sting people multiple times.

Reasons For Stinging Insects

Stinging insects invade residential dwellings because they’re looking for places to build nests.

Removing Stinging Insects

You need to take steps to remove stinging insects from your home. Trying to fix the problem on your own could be problematic. You may use dangerous chemicals that don’t well for you. Alternatively, you might use dangerous chemicals and put your loved ones at risk. You can minimize the risks by treating the nest at night. Since stinging insects are less aggressive at night, they might not attack. Be cautious and make sure that you’re not going to get injured because stinging insects can be dangerous. Work with an exterminator and you won’t need to worry about the risks.

Safe Treatments

Our company only provides safe solutions. We never put our customers at risk by using unsafe products. We’ll work with you every step of the way to fix the problem and keep you safe. For instance, we use EPA-registered products to guarantee satisfactory results. Contact our office to learn more about our services.


We know that you’re worried about the cost of our service. Well, you’ll have to work with us to get a definite price. In general, we charge based on the size of the home, the size of the nest, and the type of stinging insect we’re dealing with.

When Can You Begin?

We’re ready to begin helping you. Call our office and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Preventing Infestations

You can prevent infestations by using our home service program. When you sign up for this service, we’ll visit your home three times a year. During the visit, we’ll check for pests and treat the home as necessary. Since you’re a member of our home service program, you won’t pay for the treatment. Ultimately, we think this is the best way to keep pests out.

It is crucial to remove the nest to prevent a repeat infestation.

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