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Below are some of the most commonly reported stinging insect species requiring professional pest elimination. This list is not exhaustive and Markley's Pest Elimination Inc. encourages you to save a specimen for our technicians to identify to ensure your structure receives the correct treatment.
 
 
**NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COLLECT AN INSECT SPECIMEN IF YOU HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE DOING SO WILL CAUSE BODILY HARM. MARKLEY'S PEST ELIMINATION INC. CLAIMS NO LIABILITY FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT INSECT SPECIMENS.
 
 
 
 
European Honeybee  Honeybees are small flying insects noted for their ability to build large nests made of wax and for their production of honey. They are usually about an inch long and orangish-brown in color with conspicuous black bands running across their backs from left to right. Honeybees are not aggressive insects and will sting only when provoked. Alarmed bees will release a pheremone prompting other nearby bees of the same hive to attack. Honeybee stingers are barbed and detach from the body after the sting, quickly killing the bee.
 
Recently Honeybee populations have been in sharp decline due to a poorly understood phenomenon called "Colony Collapse Disorder." For this reason Markley's Pest Elimination, Inc. asks that you contact a beekeeper if you have a Honeybee population on your property you need removed. We recommend calling local beekeeper Dave Berry at (309) 339-0551. 
 
 
 
Bumble Bee -  Bumble Bees are somewhat large, black flying insects covered in long, soft hairs and sometimes striped with a yellow, orange or white single band over the thorax (midsection). The live in small colonies that do not last more than a single season. These bees are quite passive and reluctant to sting. Unlike honeybees, however, their stingers lack barbs so the are capable of multiple, extremely painful stings.
 
Bumble bees are distinguished by their unique buzzing sound. This sound is the result of muscle movements within the body and not an effect of the motion of the wings. Bumble bees have limited control of their internal body temperature and must "warm up" before being capable of flight. Cold bumble bees cannot fly.
 
 
 
Wasps (Yellowjacket Pictured) -  Wasps are a diverse group of insects that include hornets. All wasps are hairless (or nearly so) and capable of inflicting multiple, painful stings on perceived threats. Social wasps will build large paper nests made from chewed wood fibers mixed with their saliva. Solitary wasps will build small mud-based nests where the female will lay her egs and seal the chamber to protect them prior to hatching.
 
Other wasps, like the yellowjacket, will build nests in underground burrows. They may also nest in wall voids and other convenient spaces in attics and crawlspaces.
 
One interesting species of wasp is the velvet ant. Unlike other wasps female velvet ants are covered in soft hairs and they are wingless. Their bodies are very brightly banded in red or blue and their sting is exceptionally painful. In some regions this wasp as known as the "cow killer.
 
 
 
 
Hornets -  Hornets are the largest members of the wasp family and are social insects. Their nests begin as small paper structures with exposed honeycomb interiors. As the colony grows, however, the nest increases in size. Unlike bees, hornet colonies do not last more than a season as their eggs lay dormant through winter.
 
Hornets are very aggressive, capable of inflicting many stings and will release a pheremone signalling an entire nest to attack if they feel a threat is imminent. Vibration near the nest is enough to make them sting. You should never kill a hornet near its nest as the smell of the carcass will rally the rest of the colony to defend itself. If you are stung near a nest, it is advised that you remove your clothing quickly as it likely holds traces of the attack pheremone. Likewise many perfumes and colognes can resemble this pheremone. Extreme caution should be exercised around hornet nests as these creatures are easily provoked. Once spotted, you should contact a professional pest elimination company to nuetralize the hornet colony at once. 
 
 
 
 
Cicada Killers -  Cicada killers are large, solitary ground-dwelling wasps most active in later summer that hunt and paralyze adult cicadas to lay their eggs within the motionless body. The cicada is buried in the nest where its body will provide nourishment for the young wasp hatchlings until they emerge from the nest to begin the cycle again.
 
Because of the cicada killer's reproductive cycle, if you see burrows in your yard they wil likely not go away. Instead they will remain populated with new generations of these wasps every year. Because this wasp is so large, it can be frightening. However the cicada killer is not aggressive though it will deliver a sting if disturbed.
 
Removing cicada killers from a property is a job best left to a qualified pest elimination technician. Because some infestations can be deeply rooted in the ground complete removal may require several treatments.
 
 
 
 
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