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Wasps, Hornets & Stinging Insects


Where Wasp & Hornets May Be Hiding

Our region is home to many species of stinging insects ranging from the beneficial honeybee to the aggressive wasp.

It’s not uncommon to get bees, hornets, and wasps confused. They’re all capable of stinging and frequently come with black and yellow markings. Wasps have narrow waists, smooth skin, and four wings. Hornets are a subset of wasp with slightly larger waists but similar skin and wings. Bees tend to be fuzzy, round, and smaller in general.

No matter which one you find on your home or business property, it’s a problem. They’re capable of building incredibly troublesome nests or hives, most frequently during the summertime. If they are found on your property, the best thing to do is to contact the professionals. Take a closer look at the various types of stinging insects we help protect against below.


Bees, wasps, and hornets are a common problem for property owners every spring and late summer. Their main goal is finding food, so if they’re in your space, that’s what they’re trying to do. There is a small flurry of activity in the spring as the queens emerge from their overwintering sites to locate new nesting locations and begin developing their populations. In the late summer, worker bees and wasps get very active and aggressive. During that time of year, their whole goal is to carb-load (nectar, pollen, sweets) so they can feed the queen, then she can survive the winter to carry on their colony in the spring. All the other bees and wasps die off in the winter.

Do-it-yourself treatments are available but are usually not as effective in removing stinging insects, and they can be very dangerous. Multiple stings are the quick result of many home remedies. Plus, these products may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly. That’s why your best option is always to contact professionals.


Control Process

Our Control Process:

Plunkett’s service for Stinging Insects covers inspection, treatment and removal (if possible) of active nests found during inspection of property. Homeowners should beware! Yellow jackets and hornets will give multiple stings. *Homeowners should not plug the entrance hole to the nest!

We typically don’t recommend treating Bees with pesticides for several reasons, please contact us for details.

Plunkett's will treat areas of concern with a residual material to greatly reduce the likelihood of nest-building in the area. Some homeowners report they get nests in the same area every year, and a preventative treatment can help pro-actively stop this from occurring.

We can reach the nests of paper wasps to the eaves of a one story house with no ladder. Please notify us if your home requires a ladder.

60-day guarantee on all nests treated. Preventative treatments will reduce but not eliminate the possibility of nest-building.

Wasp & Hornet Control With Plunkett's

At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you the same day or the very next day.