Yellowjackets: ​ about 1 inch long with a shiny yellow and black striped abdomen. Often mistakenly called "bees," yellowjackets are in fact wasps. Nortoriously agressive, more people are stung by yellowjackets than any other type of wasp or bee. They are far worse in the late summer months as the food supply begins to decline. Some yellowjackets can sting repeatedly, while others sting once and loose their stingers.


Honey Bee :  a half-inch long, a honey brown color, and hairy body. The honey bees are sometimes confused with the yellowjacket wasps. The worker bee is the most active and abudant member of the colony.

Carpenter Bee : the same size as the bumble bee and mistaken as such. Although, the carpenter bee has a shiny (not fuzzy), all black abdomen. Carpenter bees are also solitary insects. Females chew holes in the wood where the eggs are laid. 

Bumble Bee : a 1/2 -inch to 1 inch long and fuzzy with black and white stripes. Bumble bee nests can be found in the ground under porches and wall voids. 

Bees, wasps/ Hornets

​​​The important element of wasp and bee control is removing the nest. In some cases, attempting to destroy a nest becomes a greater health risk than simply tolerating it. But nests, especially those of social species, should be destroyed if they are close enough to humans to pose a stinging threat. The nests of honey bees, bumble bees, yellowjackets, and hornets should always be approached with caution. Heavy clothing or a "bee suit" can be worn for added protection. Sometimes, yellowjacket and honey bee nests occur in voids such as vents, attics, crawlspaces or hollow walls. Destroying nests in these locations can be difficult, often requiring the services of pest management professionals. 

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Hornets ​:  the bald-faced hornet is about 3/4-inch long, black and white, with a white face and is actually larger than the yellowjacket species. It's nest is the familiar basketball-size papery oval hanging from the tree limbs and eaves. 

Mud daubers are about 3/4-inch long, brownish-black with yellow markings. They are known as "mud wasps." Organ pipe mud wasps are black and construct nests that can be a foot long and resemeble the pipes of an organ.