Nothing can ruin a summer’s day faster than getting stung by an insect. Summer is the prime season to see stinging insects outside. Around Asheville, there is an increase in wasps, hornets, and bees in April through September-just when everyone wants to spend more time outdoors. Though each of these insects contributes to the ecosystem by pollinating plants and eating other insects, they can also bring pain or occasionally bring serious consequences.

All three of these pests sting in their own ways, each their own degree of aggressiveness and can vary in the number of times they sting. Knowing can be the difference one sting and being attacked by a swarm.

In North Carolina there are three types of bees: carpenter bees, honeybees, and bumblebees. Carpenter bees don’t only sting, but they dig tunnels into wood, especially on wooden decks and houses. Honeybees are the only type of bee that dies when it stings a person. After they sting, the stinger is left in the person’s skin leaving the bee’s abdomen ruptured. Bumblebees are not prone to aggression; they tend only to sting when provoked though they can repeatedly sting. Wasps and hornets are more aggressive than bees when they’re gathering food or protecting their nest. Yellow jackets are often referred to as bees though they are in the wasp family.

How to Avoid Getting Stung
– Avoid bright colored clothing, fragrant perfume, or sweet foods/drinks outside.
– Where shoes outside to avoid stepping on a grounded nest.
– Do not swat at stinging insects. Remain calm and it will leave on its own.

The safest way to rid your home or yard of a nest or hive is to call an expert. Our ACE professionals have the equipment and knowledge to remove what is buzzing around your house this summer. Call Animal Control Experts at or contact us here.