Stinging Pests

What are Stinging Pests?

Any flying insect with stingers attached to their bodies. This includes but is not limited to: Honeybees, Bumblebees, Killer Bees, Wasps, Hornets, etc. 

Quick Facts

  • Insect bites and stings occur when an insect is agitated and seeks to defend itself through its natural defense mechanisms, or when an insect seeks to feed off the bitten person. 
  • The skin reaction to insect bites and stings usually lasts for up to a few days. However, in some cases the local reaction can last for up to two years. These bites are sometimes misdiagnosed as other types of benign or cancerous lesions


  • More than 20,000 recorded Bee species
  • Honeybee queens can live up to 5 year, but the average is 2-3 years.
  • Average worker bee lifespan is a mere 6 weeks due to the constant labor.
  • All bees are hairy, which is a crucial trait for pollen collection.


  • Only 20 "true" species of Hornet, one of which inhabits the United States.
  • Hornets are 1-1.5 inches tall with 2 pairs of wings.
  • Many people call other stinging pests Hornets, which usually isn't the case.


  • Wasps categorized as social or solitary.
  • Some are predators, while others are parasites.




Stinging Pests