Pests We Treat : Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees, wasps, and hornets are some of the most feared pests in the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland area. Their tendency to sting and their inclination to build large nests can make your home feel unsafe. When bees or wasps become a hazard to you and your family, My Pest Pros will safely remove the dangerous stinging insects from your property.

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How to Identify Bees, Wasps and Hornets

There are a number of different types of bees and wasps that can build nests in or on your home. This includes bumble bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.

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Bumble Bees

Identified by their fuzzy, black- and yellow-striped bodies, and thick round abdomen. They often fly with a loud buzz sound, and aggressively defend their underground nests.

Carpenter Bees

Look like bumble bees but don’t have the yellow stripes. These bees typically do not sting, but are wood destroying insects that can damage your decks, siding, and other areas of your home.

Honey Bees

These small bees are characterized by the traditional yellow and black stripes. However, they are much smaller than bumble bees, and only sting when threatened. Because they are social insects, their colonies can become quite large.


There is a wide variety of wasps that call the DMV home. One of the most common is the paper wasp. These pests are a dusty yellow and brown color with long legs that hang while flying. This species is not aggressive unless threatened, and their small umbrella-shaped, comb-style hives are typically in protected spaces—such as attics, under awnings, umbrellas, near doors, and in tree branches.


There are two common types of hornets in the Virginia, D.C., and Maryland areas—bald-faced and European. Bald faced are identified by their mostly black bodies and white face. They are most aggressive when their nest is disturbed. European hornets have a dark body with a yellow accents. They are aggressive and are even active at night.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are identified by their yellow and black heads and abdomen. They build their nests in the ground or in cavernous areas like eaves and attics. Because of their aggression, they can be a health threat.

Tips for Preventing Stinging Insects

  • Dispose of trash properly
  • Avoid flowering plants in your landscape
  • Patch up holes in your home
  • Spray a home-made repellent (essential oils such as peppermint are a natural deterrent, as well as a dish soap and water mixture)

How My Pest Pros Helps

Bees, wasps and hornets are pests that can pose a serious health hazard to your family. Particularly if a family member is allergic to their stings. At My Pest Pros we understand the significant danger you face. That is why we work to remove these pests on the same day you contact us. With a quick and effective treatment, you can be bee and wasp free today!

My Pest Pros treats your home or business by exterminating all insects from the nest using proven techniques and then removing the nest from your property.

If you have a bee, wasp or hornet problem in the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland areas, My Pest Pros is here to help. We provide effective treatment options that suit your schedule and budget. So, if you are looking for a solution to your wasp or hornet problem, call the technicians at My Pest Pros for help.

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