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Wasps and hornets are stinging insects that can be a danger around your home. While they typically don’t attack unprovoked, they’ll sting anyone they deem a threat to them or their nest. Unlike bees, these pests can sting several times without harming themselves.


With effective pest control in The Woodlands, it can take care of an infestation if your yard by safely and effectively removing these pests from your property. Keep reading to learn more about stinging insects in The Woodlands and how All-Safe Pest Control can help!

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How To Identify Common Hornets And Wasps

It’s easy to confuse wasps and hornets. Both are flying insects that sting when threatened and have hairless bodies. However, some key differences can help you identify the flying insects on your property.


Wasps range in size from 1/3 to 1 inch long and have black and yellow rings, similar to bumble bees. However, while bees die after stinging a victim, wasps can keep their stinger, allowing them to continue defending themselves and their nests.


Hornets are similar to wasps in that they can sting someone multiple times. The difference between these small stinging insects is their appearance. Hornets are bigger than wasps and have black and white rings, making them easier to identify.

Wasps And Hornets Can Be Problematic Even If Not Allergic

Wasps and hornets are most dangerous to those allergic to their venom. One sting can cause an allergic reaction that requires medical attention. However, these insects can also be problematic for people that don’t have this allergy.

Stinging insects release venom into a victim every time they sting. So if they continue stinging someone, more venom is injected. A sting from these insects can create a burning pain and an itchy red welt at the sting site.

Wasps and hornets are dangerous because of their ability to sting multiple times. If a person is stung more than a dozen times, the amount of venom becomes toxic and can make someone sick.


Some of the symptoms of several stings include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fever

Children and older adults are particularly vulnerable to these medical emergencies. If you suffer these symptoms after a wasp or hornet sting, seek medical attention immediately.

The Most Effective Way To Keep Wasps And Hornets Away

Hornet and wasp prevention outside is difficult, but there are ways to keep them from attacking you. The best way is to avoid swatting at them. Wasps and hornets sting when threatened, so staying away from them and their nest will keep you safe.


Here are some other tips to keep wasps and hornets from stinging you:

  • Wear neutral colors. Wasps and hornets might confuse bright-colored clothing with flowers.
  • Avoid flower patterns. Similar to bright colors, wearing flower patterns on clothing can attract wasps and hornets.
  • Cover food and drinks. Wasps and hornets are attracted to sweet scents.
  • Dispose of food and garbage properly. Wasps and hornets are attracted to leftovers.

If wasps and hornets invade your yard, clearing them out yourself is dangerous. Instead, contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for professional stinging insect control in The Woodlands.

The Safest Way To Remove Stinging Insects From Your Yard

Stinging insects can be dangerous to remove if you’re inexperienced. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, our technicians will inspect your property and provide the best treatment to remove the pests. Our residual product and follow-up treatment will ensure these dangerous insects don’t return. Call us today to get started and to learn more about our residential pest control services in The Woodlands.

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