Stinging Insects Yellow Jackets, Wasps And Bumble Bees

Bees That Sting

There are several types of bees that sting and some of them can be dangerous.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jackets are stinging bees that can bite multiple times because they don't lose their stinger after they bite someone. Yellow Jackets are also considered a type of ground bee because they like to burrow nests in the ground.

Ground Bee

Ground Bee: Ground Bees are primarily best known as the "Andrena Fulva" Bee. These bees prefer to build nests in sandy dirt creating little mounds of earth in lawns resembling worm casts. These bees usually keep to themselves but have been known to bite if threatened.

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee: Bumble bees are important for our eco-system. They can fly in cool temperatures and low light levels and make excellent pollinators. Bumble Bees will sting people if you upset their daily routines. You may consider relocating a nest instead of exterminating it, if possible.


Hornet: Hornets are the largest of the stinging bee family in the northeast, and look much like their relatives the yellow jacket. Hornets can reach up to 5.5 cm in length with a painful sting as well.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee: Carpenter Bees not only can destroy wood structures but they'll bite you as well. They have been known to eat through holes in wood a half an inch in diameter. They do so to build a nest for the eggs they lay.


Wasp: Wasps eat other bees around your home and can be helpful in the aspect. However, they can also bite and cause swelling and discomfort, not to mention pain.There are primarily two kinds of wasps, solitary wasps and social wasps.

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