Pest Guide: Stinging Pests


Africanized Killer Bees

(Apis mellifera scutellata)

Africanized "killer" bees looks so much like a regular honeybee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honeybees.

Bumble Bees

(Subfamily Bombinae; Bombus species)

Bumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants.

European Paper Wasps

(Polistes dominulus)

The European Paper Wasp was introduced to Western Washington in the late 1990’s and has become extreme common. These wasps will build small, exposed comb nest under eaves, in roof tile, in playground sets, or any other little void where they can fit a nest. Although they are very similar in appearance to the yellowjacket, they are not as aggressive. The European Paper Wasp will fly with its hind legs hanging down where the yellowjacket does not.


(Apis nekkufera Linnaeus)

Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are an extremely important beneficial insect because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.

Yellow Jackets

(Vespula spp.)

There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Many say, the pattern resembles stripes. Signature to species, the abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional identify specific types of yellow jackets.