Stinging/Biting Insects

Stinging and biting insects include a wide range of pests that can sting, bite, transmit diseases and cause even cause property damage.

Bees and wasps are stinging insects that can cause painful stings when they perceive a threat to themselves or their nests. In some cases, certain individuals may experience severe allergic reactions to the stings. In addition to the painful stings we might associate with bees and wasps, it's important to remember that some species, like Carpenter Bees, can also cause damage to the structures the infest if left untreated.

While bees and wasps can cause painful stings, allergic reactions and even damage in some cases, other biting type pests, such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are capable of transmitting numerous diseases. These biting insects typically bite their hosts in order to feed and reproduce.

Humphreys Pest Control has decades of experience dealing with these types of pests. We have the experience and tools to quickly address your issues and get your problem under control.


Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow stripes and a hairy abdomen. This type of stinging bee gets its common name from its habit of boring into wood like a carpenter.

Color: Yellow or black
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval and robust
Size: 1/4 - 1 inch long
Antennae: Yes

Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Bumblebees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate crops and plants, however, they can sting.

Color: Black with yellow stripes
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1"
Antennae: Yes


Honey Bees

Honey Bees — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are beneficial insects because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.

Color: Predominantly golden-yellow with brown bands
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1/2 inch
Antennae: Yes

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Active mostly in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak, yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests with up to 4,000 workers. They ... Read more

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-Faced Hornets — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
The bald-faced hornet is a relative of the yellow jacket and gets its common name from its largely black color and mostly white face. This stinging insect is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest. They live in colonies that may contain between 100 and 400 members and typically ... Read more


Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps will hang their comb nests from the twigs and branches of trees and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of window and doorframes, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, etc. Paper wasps are sometimes ... Read more


Mud Daubers

Mud Daubers — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
This group of wasps gets its common name from the fact that they construct their nest of mud. Mud daubers are solitary wasps that do not live in colonies. They are considered nuisance pests and rarely sting.

Color: Usually black, may have pale markings or a metallic luster
Legs: 6
Shape: Long ... Read more

European Hornet

European Hornet — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
This hornet (also called Giant hornet) gets its common name from its introduction from Europe into the New York area in the 1800's. European hornets are much larger than yellow jackets and unlike most stinging insects, can be active at night.

Color: Brown with yellow abdominal stripes and pale face
Legs: Read more



Mosquitoes — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
One of the best-known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil. They often seek us out by detecting our body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale. While the female mosquitoes suck our blood, the male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars.

Color: Varies; mostly gray with white, ... Read more


Deer Ticks

Deer Ticks — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
A notorious biting arachnid, the blacklegged tick is named for its dark legs, which are in contrast to its pale body. These ticks typically hide in grass and shrubs waiting for a passing host to latch onto. Blacklegged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks.

Color: Orange-brown with dark legs
Legs: 8  Read more


American Dog Ticks

American Dog Ticks — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
The American dog tick gets its name from the fact that adult ticks prefer domestic dogs as hosts, and this tick species is only found in North America.

Color: Brown with whitish to gray markings
Legs: Larvae have 6 legs, nymphs and adults have 8 legs
Shape: Oval, flattened
Size: 3/16” (5 mm) ... Read more



Fleas — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. They have the ability to jump vertically up to 8 inches using their powerful legs. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

Color: Dark reddish-brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Flat
Size: 1/12 to 1/6-inch long  Read more


Bird Mites

Bird Mites — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Chicken mites, also known as bird mites, get their common name because they live on the skin of a wide variety of birds, but especially chickens. They become structural pests when they migrate from bird nests into buildings and attack humans.

Color: Nearly white when unfed, bright red when recently ... Read more


Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation.

Color: Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged ... Read more