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Hornets and Yellow Jackets — What’s the Buzz

Hornet The most common hornet species is the bald-faced hornet (D. maculata), which is stout-bodied and marked with dark and white striping. Stings from hornets usually occur when nests are disturbed. Yellow Jacket Yellow jackets (Vespula spp.) are banded yellow or orange and black and... more
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First Aid For Stings

The health impacts from insect stings vary widely. Most people experience pain, itching, redness, and localized swelling, which can be reduced with over-the-counter antihistamines and an ice pack. Cleansing the affected area with soap and water can also help prevent infection. Conversely—... more
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Preventing Bee Stings

Here are some general tips on avoiding insect stings; Don’t swat at flying insects. If they land on you, gently brush them off, and then walk away. Observe the flight pattern of the insects to determine their nest site, and then avoid it. Avoid floral perfumes, lotions and hair... more
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Bees are fuzzy

Bees are fuzzy, flying insects with yellow and black stripes. There are two common types of bees: honey bees and bumble bees. Bees are beneficial to humans because they pollinate plants, whereas wasps and hornets help out by eating other insects. However, all three can be hazardous. Stings can... more
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Handling a bee or wasp sting

Some bees leave stingers, and others don't. The first step is to remove any stinger that may be left in the skin as its continuing to pump venom. Next, follow these steps. Use soap and water to wash the affected bee or wasp sting area. Much of the bee or wasp venom is sitting on the... more
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Why are bees attracted to people?

First, most bees aren’t going to hunt you down and attack you. They are just as afraid of you as you are of them. They want to stay out of your way. However, they are attracted to sweet scents, and if you have on perfume or cologne, they may see you as their next meal. Our scents are... more
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Carpenter bees are considered a nuisance

Adult carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.) are considered a nuisance because they excavate tunnels into the wood of buildings. Repeated years of infestation can cause serious structural damage. Carpenter bees have a worldwide distribution. There are seven species found in the United States of... more
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How to Destroy a Wasp’s Nest

Wasps are part of nature’s design and their nests, as a general rule, should be left undisturbed. Wasps are usually non-aggressive and don’t pose a serious threat to humans. However, if a wasp nest is located too close to the home or in a location that is in conflict with human activity,... more
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Carpenter bees (genus: Xylocopa)

Carpenter bees, also sometimes known as wood bees, don't have a great reputation. That's because they are the ones (the female workers, again) that bore into your wood and make a hole as neat and clean as if it was bored out with a power drill. The presence of sawdust on sills or stoops is an... more
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The Difference between Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees are all capable of stinging people, but there are some very noticeable differences between the two. Wasps can sting more than once, while bees will die after they sting because their stinger, which is attached to the poison sac, is barbed and remains in the skin, causing the bee... more
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