Stinging insects are a serious problem for Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala homeowners. In a second, angry wasps or bees can unleash their fury while flying at 15 miles per hour. It's easy to disturb a nest of hornets or yellow jackets that's hidden by vegetation or located under the ground. A single sting can cause pain, swelling and numbness. For someone who is allergic to insect venom, the reaction can be life threatening. Even if you've been stung by several wasps or bees, it can be difficult to locate the nest.

stingingThe Difference Between Bees and Wasps

Florida is home to more than 300 native bee species. Jacksonville and Gainesville also have trouble with invasive Africanized honeybees and some 20 wasp species. With so much insect activity, you may wonder how you can identify these different bugs.

Wasps that nest above ground in paper-like structures are called hornets. Some hornets build large ball-shaped structures. Others live in open nests with hexagonal cells that contain eggs, larvae and pupae.

Yellow jackets are black and yellow wasps that nest below ground. All wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets, are social insects that live in large colonies. One nest can support a few hundred or a few thousand members. Unfortunately, wasps can easily over winter in our relatively mild climate. This means that colonies are larger and are active earlier in the spring.

Wasps are usually more aggressive than bees, and they often sting multiple times. Africanized "killer" bees are an exception. This invasive species is highly aggressive. They will swarm anyone who invades their territory or disturbs their colony.

Wasp and Bee Control

Wasps and bees are difficult to control because they often nest in concealed places, such as attics, eaves, walls, trees, landscape plants and play equipment. At Bug Out Service, we know that each colony should be treated according to the species and where the nest is located. If honeybees or killer bees are nesting in your home, we'll remove the honeycomb to make sure that other bees don't take over the site later.

If you have a problem with stinging insects, our licensed pest control operators are prepared to remove them and any other pests. We also treat termites, provide lawn and shrub fertilization and pest control and offer irrigation services. With five convenient locations in Jacksonville, we are available when you need us.


Another common stinging pest in our area is the scorpion.  There are three species in Florida—bark scorpion,Hentz scorpion and Guiana striped scorpion—though only the first tow found in northern Florida.  The bark scorpion is the largest of the species and can grow to be up to 4” long.  The Hentz scorpion is the smallest, 2-2.5” in length, and the most common.  

Though Florida scorpion stings are not considered dangerous, they can be similar in pain like a bee or wasp sting.  They live in the bark of trees, most commonly pine trees, and feed on other insects.  They can gain access to your home through small openings in the foundation and doors (including garage doors and sliding glass doors) following their insect prey and are often found in crawlspaces, basements and attics.  They can often come into your home with firewood.  

A professional Florida scorpion removal company like Bug Out Service can effectively address your scorpion problem and offer the best solution.

Contact us today at 904-584-9868 or 352-221-9066 if you have stinging pests on your property or in your home.