Nothing ruins a summer barbecue quite like an emergency room visit after being stung. Contrary to popular belief, most stings are from hornets and wasps, not bees. You may notice small nests tucked into the nooks and crannies around the exterior of your home. When these insects feel threatened directly or feel a threat to their nest, they retaliate by stinging.
In contrast, Bees are not usually aggressive and generally will keep to themselves, moving from flower to flower, pollinating plants as they go. While it is often fine to observe this practice, be careful not to touch or disturb their behavior because that is when the bee will sting.
The appearance of these insects varies as well. Bees are generally furry with more stout bodies while wasps and hornets are long and lanky compared to bees. Wasps and hornets also don’t have the same fuzzy appearance as bees. Being able to distinguish between these stinging insects can help you avoid intimidating them and risking a sting!
If you do get stung by a wasp, hornet or a bee, remove the stinger promptly and apply ice to reduce swelling. If allergic to stings, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Falcon offers safe and effective solutions for stinging insects. For more information please see our stinging insect page or call 1-800-532-5266.