Stinging Insects

Stinging Insects In Ohio

Wasps, bees, hornets…They are all extremely useful in nature, but nothing is more frustrating than trying to enjoy your time outdoors and being attacked by these bugs!

Warm weather certainly brings everyone outdoors, including these stinging insects. They can be easily antagonized and can cause serious pain to those they sting, and possibly be life threatening to people and pets who are allergic.

If you find a nest on your property, removing it safely and completely can be difficult and downright dangerous. Let the experienced bee exterminators at Unity Property and Pest return your house and yard to safety.

Hornets are from the family of wasps and one of the most aggressive stinging insects. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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These insects are very aggressive and should be dealt with only by professionals. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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These hornets are aggressive and sting repeatedly. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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These moderately aggressive wasps are very common and slight smaller than other stinging insects. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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Very common in Ohio, Mud Daubers aren't easily provoked, but still sting if they feel afraid. Let us show you how to avoid and remove these unwanted pests. 

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Yellow Jacket vs Wasp vs Hornet - What's the Difference?

To the average person it doesn’t much matter which particular stinging insect has invaded their home, or is pestering them outside, but for our team it makes a difference. 

Knowing what we’re dealing with ensures we’ll be able to make your problem go away. We’re often asked what’s the difference between a Bee, Wasp, and Hornet? Except for their ability to sting you, each of these stinging insects is actually pretty unique. 

Bees are rounder in shape and typically black and yellow in color. Honeybees are banded orange-yellow and brown to black in color, as well as hairy. Most wasps have a narrow waist and are black or having various white, orange or yellow markings. They are also typically one half to one full inch in length. 

Lastly, hornets are large and reddish brown with yellow stripes on their abdomen. Some are mostly black with white patterns on their body.



Hailing from the family of wasps, hornets are among the most aggressive stinging insect and will attack when provoked, threatened or for no reason at all. Removing a nest on your own can be tricky and is always dangerous, with nest building beginning in mid-July and active till November.

Hornets will build a paper ball nest ranging in size from 6” to 30” around, and can build a basketball sized nest in as little as 7 days. Corner soffits, trees, roof peaks and deck overhangs are common locations to find these nests.


These insects are extremely aggressive and should only be dealt with by professionals. A yellowjacket nest will show high traffic activity going in and out of the nest opening from sunrise to dusk.

They are very aggressive when provoked or threatened, loud vibrations and disturbing a next will provoke them, and they can sting multiple times. If they have nested in your house wall do not seal up the opening as it will force them to back up into your home.

Baldfaced Hornets

These are extremely aggressive and vindictive stringing insects and should not be attempted by the DIY homeowner as they will sting repeatedly. Removing the nest is the only way to effectively eliminate the colony.

While a relative to the yellowjacket, they do not build nests inside walls or attic, rather they construct nests on tree branches, shrubs and on overhangs.

Unity Property and Pest’s trained team will identify the stinging insects on your property and take the necessary steps to protect your family and property.
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Paper Wasps

These are among the most common wasps you’ll find in your home or business and are typically only moderately aggressive.

They build nests that are typically exposed and attached to eaves or overhangs. Their nests are slightly smaller than many other stinging insect nests and are gray in color with a round honeycomb pattern.

Mud Daubers

These are among the most common of stinging insects in Ohio. They do not usually sting humans, but are considered pests because of their frequent activity in and around homes. These predators’ mission is to collect spiders, which they paralyze with their stings, and collect mud. Back at the nest the Mud Dauber entombs the spider with one egg. One the egg hatches the larva feeds on the paralyzed yet still living spider.

Mud nests can be removed with a scraper tool but caution needs to be exercised as with any stinging insect.