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Stinging Insects

Often our customers are not sure which type of stinging insect they are dealing with. While you can find many details in online sources, we have found that a quick summary of pertinent facts can allow our customers to quickly sum up their situation.

All these insects possess the ability to sting, with some more inclined to do so than others. Caution is always in order, since thousands of individuals each year become fatal victims of anaphylactic shock after being stung. Calling for professional intervention is the safest way to deal with stinging insects.

Trey Shelton always treats and removes nests whenever accessable during his visit. Chemically sensitive customers will also experience excellent results with appropriatly different methods. Whatever your unique circumstances, Trey will work tirelessly to help you get rid of yellowjackets, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects.

Trey also has invaluable and unique experience using rope and harness equipment working at dangerous heights to treat stinging insects or perform repairs.


  • Yellowjacket coloration is always yellow and black without fur.
  • Nests are ball shaped, made of a papery material and may be located in many places such as trees and bushes, inside of structures or other objects, under eaves or even underground.
  • Past midsummer, yellowjackets become even more aggressive, often stinging away from the nest area and showing up whenever we eat outside (call Trey for solutions to this situation).
  • They often chew through sheetrock walls and ceilings in late summer, and come right into the room. You can hear rustling sounds as they chew. Trey is available day or night to respond to this siutation.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it is not safer to treat a nest when it's dark. Yellowjacket guards are alert 24 hours a day, and with heat sensing capability can still sting you at night. This is definitely not a do-it-yourself job.
  • Trey can explore larger properties and find hidden yellowjacket nests, and remove them to keep you safe.

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Bald Faced Hornets

  • Bald faced hornets are black and white, and larger than yellowjackets.
  • They have nests that are large with gray paper wrapping, and never located inside structures.
  • They prefer loosely branched shrubs and tree branches, but occasionally locate under house eaves.

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Paper Wasps

  • Paper wasps are yellow and black, with long yellow legs that hang down in flight.
  • Their nests need only slight cover from weather, and can be found under eaves, in mailboxes, umbrellas, deck railings, car door jams or barbeques, amongst other places.
  • Their nests have no paper wrap, on a small, single comb layer.
  • Paper wasp nest locations range from the highest gable of a house, to ground level rockeries, and may be very numerous.
  • They sting when their nests are approached.
  • Since they will reuse old nests, it's best to remove all nests, even when not in use.
  • Paper wasps are most active in warmth, and bright light conditions.

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Mud Dauber Wasps

  • Mud dauber wasps in our region are either brown and yellow, or all metallic blue, with a long waspy body.
  • They prefer attics for nesting, but will attach to weather protected house exteriors.
  • They use mud to construct candy bar shaped nests.
  • These wasps are more of a nuisance than a stinging threat.

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Honey Bees

  • Honey bees are usually honey toned or darker, with some fur.
  • They may live in attics or exterior walls, but never in crawl spaces or underground.
  • All comb and honey must be thoroughly removed from inside structures, and opening walls to do this requires a professional possessing a contractor registration with the state -- which Trey has.
  • Honey bee swarms can land virtually anyplace, and can look like a large, brownish object from a distance.
  • Swarms may be either docile or aggressive, and must always be approached with caution.
  • Trey can remove swarms, capturing them alive and successfully relocating them.

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Bumble Bees

  • Bumble bees in Washington State come in 24 varieties of colors and various sizes, but always fuzzy in appearance.
  • Colonies tend to be located many feet away from outside entrances whenever possible.
  • They require a supportive surface on which to build their nest, often found in attics and at ground level.
  • Bird houses are another favorite nesting site.
  • Rusty-tailed bumble bees are the most aggressive.
  • They generally do not relocate well.

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Ground Nesting Solitary Bees

  • Ground nesting solitary bees are small, often colorful blue, green, copper, or metallic red, and dig underground tunnels for their egg chambers.
  • Numerous bees may make individual tunnels in close proximity to one another.
  • They are important pollinators of many wildflowers, and crops such as fruit, alfalfa and sunflowers.
  • They are most active in warmth and bright light conditions.
  • They are more abundant than most bees, with the exception of honey bees.

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Orchard Mason Bees

  • Orchard mason bees are iridescent, greenish black with a very large housefly appearance.
  • They construct pencil sized tubes out of mud in which to store pollen and lay eggs, and will often locate in window frames, cedar shake siding and other house structures sized to their needs.
  • They hatch in March and all adults are usually dead by July.
  • These bees are efficient early Spring pollinators and are often purchased at nursery centers along with wood block houses for them to lay eggs in to hatch the following year.
  • They are generally docile, with only a mild sting.

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Carpenter Bees

  • Carpenter bees are about the size of bumble bees and easily mistaken for them.
  • They nest in wood, making 1/2" tunnels with both the male and female involved in the nesting process.
  • They prefer to nest in pre-existing tunnels, choosing to only expand the tunnel as required.
  • Like other solitary bees, they are great pollinators.
  • These bees can pose a threat to people when they dive bomb or fly menacingly around humans who invade their territory.

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