Wasp or Hornet? Identifying These Stinging Insects

Stinging Insects – wasps and hornets can make being outside in summer an unpleasant or even frightening experience. Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets are known for stinging people, which can be a serious danger for those who are allergic. Learning how to tell the difference between them can help you determine if you need a hornet or NJ wasp or stinging insect exterminator.


Most stinging insects like wasps have black and yellow stripes, making them appear similar to many kinds of bees. Some wasps also have stripes. However, other wasps are a solid color, such as black, blue, or red.

Body Shape and Size

Comparing body shape and size can help you identify hornets and wasps in and around your home. Wasps have a long, slender body overall. Hornets have a rounder body shape, and they’re bigger than wasps.


Wasps and hornets have stingers that they can use to attack people multiple times. Unlike honeybees, hornets and wasps don’t lose their stinger after stinging someone. Hornets also have a neurotoxin in their stinger that can be highly dangerous.


Wasps build nests that are typically up to 8 inches wide. These nests can generally fit around 30 wasps in a colony. Hornets build nests that are much bigger. Hornet nests can even be as big as a basketball. These nests, which are often built above ground, can house hundreds of hornets in a colony.

If you need a reliable NJ stinging insects pest control firm for your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our team has the tools and experience needed to safely get rid of wasps.

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