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Florida is home to a host of stinging insect pests. Most kinds of bees, wasps and hornets are actually beneficial to the natural environment; helping to pollinate plants and flowers is the most important of their many contributions.

However, to those who have severe allergies to the venom that is injected along with their stings, these flying insects can be killers. In addition, even without an allergy, a swarm of these insects can also cause severe reactions if they attack.

If you come upon a large nest of bees, wasps and hornets use caution and call the professionals stinging bee removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. We have the tools and understand the right techniques to neutralize stinging insects without causing harm to your home, business or family. Give us a call at 407.295.7194 or fill out a form to set an appointment for one of our professionals to come help with any bee, wasp or hornet problem.

While it is impossible to guarantee you won’t be stung by a flying insect, here are some precautions you can take to reduce the likeliness of a sting:

  • Try to avoid mowing your lawn, weeding or planting flowers during times when bees or wasps may be collecting nectar.
  • Wear shoes while walking in the grass of a yard.
  • Keep sweets like sweet drinks and fruit covered when outdoors. If you have fruit trees in your yard, pick fruit when it ripens and remove any fruit that is rotten or has fallen from the tree.

With its warm climate, Florida is a haven for stinging insects. These are some of the common bees, wasps and hornets found in Florida:


  • Honey bee – Honey bees are not actually native to the United States. They were brought to North America by European settlers. They are not usually aggressive unless they are protecting their hive from intruders. Honey bee stingers have barbs, so they can sting only once
  • Bumble bee – Like Honey bees, Bumble bees look similar and they also forage for nectar and gather pollen to feed their young. Thus they are helpful in pollinating plants. They bodies are covered in soft hair. Unlike Honey bees, Bumble bees lack barbs on their stingers so they can sting many times
  • Carpenter bee – Carpenter bees can be found world-wide. There are more than 500 species. Carpenter bees get their name because the build nests by burrowing into dead wood. They may build a nest by burrowing into structural timbers of a house. Male Carpenter bees cannot sting. Females can sting, but rarely do unless provoked


  • Cicada killers are very large and solitary, which means they do not often live in large hives. They are very gentle and will not sting unless they are stepped on or handled aggressively
  • Hornets and wasps are insects that inspire the most fear in people. Because they can be aggressive, they lead to many deaths across the U.S. every year due to the venom contained in their stings. Hornets and wasps are colony insects and live together in large paper-like nests that look like a honeycomb. They are beneficial to the environment because they kill pests like house flies, blow flies and caterpillars. They can sting repeatedly because their stingers do not contain barbs
  • Mud daubers are solitary wasps. Females of the species build nests from mud. They reserve their sting mostly for prey, and rarely sting people
  • Yellow jackets are often confused with bees because they are similar in size and appearance. Yellow jackets have stingers with barbs, but they can sting repeatedly. They are important because they feed on many pest insects. They can have large nests in tree, shrubs in on houses and buildings
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