There are many stinging insects in the Greater Cincinnati area… from the beneficial bumble bees and honey bees to the not so liked paper wasps and hornets. Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These pests are especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food that will sustain their queens during the winter. Snowball Pest Control has plans that help remove the good pollinating bees like the honey bee and remove them without causing the nest any harm. We have these removed by professional beekeepers so that the dwindling bee population can continue to grow and help with all the fruits and vegetables we eat every day.

 

Paper wasps

 These little stingers pack a powerful bite!  They are not likely to harm you unless their nest is threatened but they have a mean sting!  They are known for the umbella type nests they build from scraps of wood and paper they mix with their saliva.  They can often times build on buildings and be confused for other bee nests. Sometimes they can be caught in the most unwanted places for you and your family….dryer vents, electrical boxes, under deck railings and in the family grill.  If you find one on your property, we can help remove it safely!

 

Honey Bees

WE WILL NOT KILL OR HARM A HONEY BEE. These bees are one of the most beneficial animals on the earth.  They assist in the pollenating and sustaining of our food supply. If you have a problem, give us a call and we can help guide you to the right removal person.  

 

Ground Hornets/yellow jackets

These are some of the worst stinging insects we have in our area.  They are extremely aggressive creatures and have a nasty sting. These colonies can make a large nest in a short time.  We often find their nests in the most traveled areas of the home making it difficult for people to keep away from stings. These little monsters can sting more than once and should not be dealt with by the home owner. We have suits and hats that protect us from the very painful sting that they produce.

 

European Bald face hornet

I may have spoke to soon as these are definitely the worst stingers with their large size and ability to produce a very painful sting. They also send out a pheromone when approached and if you get stung by one it is very likely you will be stung by another.  These devil creatures put more people in the hospital than any other stinging pest in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The most known feature is there large paper nest that ranges from the size of a small cantaloupe to a very large watermelon. And like most insects the bigger the nest, the bigger the colony.

 

Mud Daubers

These guys are the coolest looking stingers in our opinion.  Their abdomens are so far away from the rest of the body it makes them look unique.  These pests are not aggressive but do have the ability to sting if provoked and they also have a very distinguishable nest that looks like an old timey flute made of mud.   We often find these nests in dark and wet areas under decks, shaded garages and in other hidden spots.

 

Cicada Killers

These stingers look very scary but tend to be the most timid of the stingers, in our opinion.  Their large size and buzz make folks think they are harmful but these fellas have 2 main agendas…. To eat cicadas and make babies of their own. Their most distinguishable feature is ,no doubt, their size.