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Common treasure valley Stinging Insects


Paper wasps, which range from ¾ to 1 inch long, are usually identifiable by their bodies’ black and yellow coloration. Another notable feature of these wasps is the type of nests they make: a paper mache-like material from which their name was derived. The upside-down umbrella-like nests are often made in places protected from the weather, such as eaves and gables, around fencing, decks, and other areas near humans. Paper wasps feed on caterpillars, other insects, and nectar. These pests are territorial and defend their nest if attacked or otherwise disturbed.  The lance-like stinger allows the paper wasp to sting repeatedly; the sting is painful and potentially dangerous.


Yellow Jackets & Hornets are roughly 1/2 inch long, typically yellow and black.  They can nest underground, in crawl spaces, attics, ducting, wall voids, sprinkler boxes, or trees or shrubs.  Nests are made of a paper mache-like material resembling an upside-down soccer ball or inverted teardrops.  Colonies are much larger, sometimes exceeding several hundred.  They feed on insects and sugars and are prolific scavengers.  Yellowjackets and Hornets can sting repeatedly; the sting is painful and potentially dangerous.


Honey bee adults are roughly 5/8 inches long and can be many different variations of color: black, yellow, black, or even orange.  Honey Bees are considered beneficial insects as they pollinate crops and produce honey.  However, problems with humans occur when nesting sites encroach on human habitations:  In chimneys, in wall voids, attic vents, in siding, etc.  Honey bees alone are not likely to sting humans, but care should be taken as stings can be painful and severe reactions can occur.

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