There are more than 20,000 recorded species of these winged insects around the world. Bees are typically black or brown with red, yellow, or lustrous blue stripes. The vast majority are very beneficial.
Wasps have various appearances depending on their species. They're usually recognizable by their elongated bodies, pinched waists, and reddish-brown color.
Perhaps the most aggressive of the stinging winged pests, yellow jackets are typically black and yellow with a thin waist and elongated wings that fold laterally when they rest.
The bald-faced hornet and the European hornet often live in the tri-state area and tend to make paper carton type homes. European hornets are known to build their nests in barns, houses, or attics.
The common thread that links these pests is their ability to inflict painful stings. Having them in unwanted places around you can be detrimental, especially for people who are already allergic. Some wasp species also tend to dig and remove small strips of wood, racking up costly repairs as they build their nests.
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