Stinging & Biting Insects
Africanized ("Killer") Bees
Africanized "killer" bees is surprisingly similar to honey bees except that they have different wing size. These bees have dangerous sting that can cause pain and irritation.
Bald-faced hornets are closer relatives of yellow jacket. These hornets have dark black body but a white face, which is the reason for the first part of its name. The last part of the name comes from its large size.
Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks
With pale body and black legs, blacklegged tick not just visually notorious but also leaves an irritating bite behind when encountered.
Bumble bees are part of plan and crop pollination chain and hence should be protected.
Carpenter bees are similar to bumble bees except that they don't have yellow stripes on their body.
Chicken Mites (Bird Mites)
Chicken (or bird) mites live on birds, especially chicken. They only come in contact with humans when they migrate from birds nests to buildings. They are found everywhere in the US.
European hornet, also known as Giant hornet for its size, were first seen in the US in 1800s. They are larger than yellow jackets and can even remain active at night.
Flees feed on blood of warm-blooded animals. Fleas have hundreds of species around the world but cat flea is probably the most common one.
Honey bees are found everywhere in the world as they play the most important role in pollination. These beneficial bees live a social life and help pollinate over 100 crops in the US each year.
Mosquitoes are the most commonly known pests. They reach their adulthood in just two weeks. They need soft and moist soil or stagnant water to breed.
Open Pipe Mud Daubers
Open pipe mud daubers make their nests from mud. They can be found throughout the US.
Paper wasps make their nests umbrella-like nests from pepper-like material. They are also called Umbrella wasps in some areas of the US.
Velvet ("Cow Killers") Ants
Velvet Ants are actually wasps. The females have fuzzy wingless bodies painted in bright colors. Various species of velvet ants live in different areas of the US.
Yellow jackets are flying insects with yellow and black pattern all over their body. Each specie of yellow jacket has a different pattern on the abdomen that helps pest professionals identify the right specie for effective pest control measures.