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San Jose CA residents are going to run into stinging insects at some point. Some of the most common stinging insects in our area are bald-faced hornets, yellowjackets, honeybees, paper wasps, carpenter bees, and honeybees. All the pests in this category are members of the Hymenoptera family. Although they can be dangerous, many of them are helpful pollinators. The stinging insects far away from your home should be left alone. If they’re not bothering anyone, don’t bother them. Before trying to resolve a stinging insect infestation, it is wise to learn as much as you can about the species you’re dealing with.

By identifying the species, you’ll know how aggressive the pest is and why it is on your property. Plus, you’ll have a better idea of how to remedy the problem. Alternatively, you can always call us and let us rectify the problem for you.

Common Stinging Insect Species In San Jose CA

It is vital to learn more about the common stinging insects in your area. By looking at the pest’s appearance and that of its nest, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re up against.

Paper Wasps

You’re likely going to run into paper wasps at some point in your life. If you’re lucky, these pests are nowhere near your property. It could be worse since the paper wasp is less aggressive than other members of this category. Stay away from their nests and you shouldn’t get stung. Paper wasps build small nests under eaves.

Our area is home to two species of paper wasps. One of the most common is the Northern Paper Wasp. The other is the European Paper Wasp. Remember that the species are different in various ways. We can help you get rid of both species.


In San Jose, yellowjackets are prominent. They’re incredibly aggressive so you need to stay away from them. Yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets tend to become more aggressive near the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Around this time, their colonies getting bigger, and they’ll contain more stinging insects. Their nests are large and commonly found around attics and sometimes under porches. Some yellowjackets are going to build underground nests.

Unfortunately, this will make them difficult to avoid. You’ll likely step too close before you realize what is going on and you’ll get stung. Yellowjackets have yellow and black stripes on their bodies.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets could be the most aggressive stinging insect in our area. As mentioned above, these pests become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Once the colony reaches its peak size, you’ll want to stay far away from them. Bald-faced hornet nests are large and capable of housing thousands of individuals. Their nests are regularly built on the side of buildings. These stinging insects have black and white bodies that are smooth.


Honeybees can be found across the United States including in San Jose. Honeybees are gentler than other stinging insects in our area although they can still sting. In most cases, they don’t. Some of them have been bred to ensure they’ll be gentle. Honeybees use the same nest for multiple years. To achieve this goal, they must stock up on honey and ensure they have enough to survive. They’ll store enough food to ensure they can survive through the cold winter months.

Honeybees have fuzzy bodies that are brown. Their outer coats are either yellow, orange, or a combination of both.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees tend to be less aggressive than other stinging insects in our area. You can approach a carpenter bee nest without being stung. One thing to know about these stinging insects is that they do not build ordinary nests. Instead, their nests are small holes in wood surfaces. The 3/8” hole is used to raise the bee’s young. Carpenter bees are large bees that look like bumblebees. In our area, the primary species has a fuzzy thorax that is black and yellow. Its abdomen is black and shiny. The male will have a small, yellow spot on his face.

How Deadly Are Stinging Insects?

Most residents of San Jose CA are worried about stinging insects because they can sting. Ultimately, some stinging insects are indeed dangerous, but others are not. In most cases, the stinging insects aren’t going to sting unless you get too close to the pest or its nest. One unique thing about stinging insects is that the males do not sting. They can’t, but females can and will. Another thing to remember is that the aggression level depends on the size of the nest. As it grows and more insects are added, the stinging insects get more aggressive. If the nest is small, you can likely approach it without getting stung. The only downside is that you may accidentally step into an underground nest.

If this happens, you could get stung numerous times. Be careful and take steps to protect yourself from such problems.

Why Does Your Property Have Stinging Insects?

Typically, stinging insects have invaded your property to find places to build nests. If they can build nests on your property, they will come.

Ways To Get Rid Of Stinging Insects

While there are numerous ways to eradicate stinging insects, some methods will prove to be more efficient than others. While you could tinker with do-it-yourself chemical sprays, there are numerous risks involved. Therefore, we recommend letting a professional exterminator in San Jose CA deal with the infestation. Doing so will be the best option because it should be quick, easy, and safe. Our technicians have dealt with stinging insects for many years. They know how to eradicate these pests while protecting you and your loved ones. When you’re ready to begin, pick up the phone and call our office. We’re not going to stop until your pests are gone and you’re okay.

Our Treatments Keep You Safe

We know you’re worried about letting an unknown individual roam your home. We also understand you’re worried about the methods we’re going to use. Rest assured knowing we’re going to keep you safe. Doing so is one of our top priorities. We’ll do whatever it takes to protect you and your loved ones. We’ve trained our technicians to the fullest, and we use the latest EPA-registered products. We’re confident these products are going to rectify the problem while keeping everyone safe. Are you interested in learning more about our treatments and what we do to keep you safe? Don’t hesitate to call. We’ll happily tell you more about our techniques and methods. Regardless, our treatments are indeed safe.

Understanding The Costs

When it comes to our stinging insect treatments, there is no universal price. Instead, the price depends on several factors, including the size of your home and the size of the nest. We’ll also adjust the price based on the stinging insect you’re dealing with. Our technician will analyze the facts and give you a bid price. Then, it is up to you to either accept or refuse the price.

When Can Your Technician Get Here?

We’re eager to help you reclaim your home from those frightening stinging insects. Call us immediately and we’ll try to get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing Invasions Of Stinging Insects

It can be difficult to stop stinging insects from approaching your home. Remember that they’re trying to build nests on your property. Therefore, you should stain and paint any softwoods you have around your home. Doing so will help, but it won’t keep all these pests away. Furthermore, you should sign up for our home service program. Once you’ve done that, you’re going to receive three visits from our technician each year. They’ll inspect your dwelling and look for stinging insects. The annual service fee will cover any treatments that are needed. Call today to learn more about this service.

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