What Types of Stinging Pests Are There in Boise?

Written by Spencer

On February 1, 2020
A wasp crawling on a piece of wood.

Do you know that each year in United States, stinging pests like bees and hornets send a whopping 500,000 people to emergency room? Majority of the stinging pests are active during the second half of summer and early fall. This is the time when their colonies forge for food for their queen to sustain during the winter season.

In Boise, there are several different types of stinging pests that you may encounter in and around your house, especially during the summer months. Chances are that you already have a nest of hornet in your house, and now you are worried about it.

The best way to get rid of these pesky stingers is to call a professional pest control company for help. Averse Pest provides wasp nest removal in Boise and treatment of all other types of stinging pests that might be buzzing around in your house.

As a homeowner in the city of Boise, you should be seriously concerned about stinging insect infestation in your house or business place. The reason they are an issue and dangerous for your family is their ability to sting and inject venom in your skin. The sting is not only painful, it also leaves skin infection and allergies, which require medical treatment.

Below, we have discussed some of the common types of stinging pests that are found here in Boise. Generally, all stinging insects hang around and build their nests in high place on your property. They are attracted to sugary fluids, meats, moist pet food and trash cans.


Wasps are one of the most commonly found stinging insects in Boise. They are often seen flying around your house, in your backyard where they feed on some food source. Wasps create a honeycomb like nest which they stick to the walls, eves, fences, patio covers and literally any place they can find to build it. Usually wasps are small in size but some can grow as much as 3”to 4”in diameter.

If you spot a wasp nest in your house, the worst thing you can think of doing is knocking it down. That would aggravate the situation and make them angry. Chances are you might be attacked by an entire colony of wasps, which in some situations can be deadly as well.

Like any other insect, wasps also have further types. In Boise, the two most commonly found species of wasps are the following:

  • Mud Dauber Wasp: These wasps are black and yellow in color, but sometimes they can be metallic blue or black. These are quite small wasps, measuring only ½ – 1” with six legs on their body. They have a long antenna and a stinger on the back. The female mud dauber wasps’ prey on spiders. Usually they paralyze their prey with their stinger and preserve it until their larvae are ready to feed on it. As the name tells, they build their pipe like nests that are sealed off with mud. Each cell of their nest contains their paralyzed prey and a single egg. Usually these wasps are solitary and they rarely interrupt with human beings. However, they multiply quickly and it becomes difficult to control them
  • Ichneumon Wasp: These wasps have a very long body and they measure 1 ½ inches with long antennas. Some of these are extremely dark in color while others have bright colored patterns on their body. Unlike other wasps, ichneumon wasps need a host to insert their eggs in them. Once the eggs hatch, the baby wasps eat their host. These wasps do help to control pest population by preying on them and they rarely bite humans. However, they are known to multiply and spread at a very rapid rate. So if you spot any of these around your house, call us for help


Hornets are very similar to wasps but with black and yellow bodies. They usually create aerial nests that are gray in color. These nests can range in size from four inches and up to a couple of feet. You will most likely spot their nests hanging from tree branches or sometimes under the shade of your balcony.

Hornets are pretty aggressive stinging pests, and they also have the ability to remember human faces. If you try to disturb them, the entire nest would attack you to protect their queen. If you spot a hornet nest in your house, give us a call immediately and we will handle the situation for you. Our team has access to safety suits and other tools to remove their nest and dispose it off somewhere far away from your house.

Yellow Jackets

Don’t confuse yellow jackets with hornet. Though they have too much resemblance but are totally different in their habitat. Unlike hornets, yellow jackets build their nests underground. The nests are accessed via small hole from where they can fly in and out.

Because their nest is built underground, it is very difficult to kill them or remove their nest. Only a professional can do this by wearing a bee suit to prevent stung from yellow jackets during the treatment process.


Unlike wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, bees will find their way inside your home through chimneys. Usually they will build their hives inside the chimney and from their they spread to other areas of your house. Bees can also sting and if stung by one, you will develop extreme swelling around that area. Do not attempt to spray directly at the bee hive, else the entire hive will be chasing you.

Do you think you have spotted one of these stinging insects on your property? Give Averse Pest Control a call and we will get you on the schedule.

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