There are approximately 400 different bee species found in the New England area alone, and the honey bee, bumble bee, carpenter bee, and mining bees are the most commonly found. Unlike other stinging insects, bees rarely show aggression – they only sting when threatened and are often beneficial.
Wasps can vary in appearance depending on their species, but they have elongated bodies with pinched waists and are generally reddish-brown in color. Wasps can become aggressive if aggravated, especially during the fall when brood sizes are peaking.
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp and are typically considered the most aggressive stinging insect. They are black and yellow with a thin waist and elongated wings.
European hornets are the most common in New England. They are large and can be intimidating – growing up to 1.5″ long – and will build their nests in houses, attics, or barns.
Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can inflict painful stings, which may cause serious health issues for those with allergies. Wasps can also cause structural damage by digging and removing small strips of wood. Unwanted nests around your home or building cause uneasiness in your yard, and they can be very dangerous to remove yourself.
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