Northern paper wasp building nest with an egg in each individual cell

No one likes being stung by an insect. At best it is painful, itchy, and a nuisance. At worse, it triggers an allergic reaction which can lead to serious issues and in some cases even cause death.

To ensure you take the right treatment steps after being stung it is essential that you know what insects you are dealing with and whether the person stung suffers from allergic reactions. If you’re not sure about specific pests then get a check over here and find out more about the stinging insects predominant in your area.


Bees are one of the best known stinging insects and they are essential to life on the planet. Bees take care of fertilization for the majority of the plants in the world. However, while they are great, that doesn’t mean you want them in your backyard.

It’s worth noting that the honey bee leaves a part of its abdomen behind when it stings. That means it is fatal for the bee and they will only sting once. In contrast, the bumblebee can sting repetitively.

In general, bees keep themselves to themselves. But, if they feel you are threatening their hive they will attack.


There are many different types of wasp in the world. Each wasp builds their own habitat depending on the species, this can help you to identify the type of wasp. For example, paper wasps build flakey-looking nests while the cicada wasp lives by itself and burrows into the ground. You won’t be able to spot them even with the nest cam.

Both can sting repetitively and you’ll find it is painful. The good news is that they only sting when you threaten this nest. Stay away from them and you should be fine!


Hornets are the big brother of the standard yellow-jacket wasp and are generally much more aggressive. They live in large colonies and can sting repeatedly. It’s worth noting that hornets aren’t just bigger than wasps, they also can be active at any time of the day or night. This is different from wasps and bees that tend to sleep at night.

Hornets have particular painful stings and they will attack if they feel threatened. That means they don’t just attack by their nest, they can attack you anywhere if they perceive you as a threat.

Keep Your Eyes Open

In general, even the most aggressive of these stinging insects don’t want to tackle a human as they are likely to come off worse. That’s why the best approach is to be vigilant around your yard and when in the countryside. You should be able to spot a nest from the activity around it and then keep clear, preventing any issue before it happens.

Remember, if you get stung and have an allergic reaction you should seek immediate medical attention. It’s the best way to ensure you recover properly. In addition, you should never try to deal with a nest on your property yourself, let the professionals do it. They have the tools and the experience!