Stinging insects include wasps, hornets, and bees. They are very beneficial insects to the environment as they help pollinate flowers and plants. On the other hand, stinging insects can also be problematic insects when they build their nests too close to humans, particularly in or on houses, decks, patios, and sheds.
Stinging insects are most active in the summer months of Wisconsin, especially June, July, August, and September when it is hot outside. Most species are docile and won’t attack unless provoked or when they sense their nest is under attack. When most people say “they got stung by a bee”, it typically is a yellow jacket or hornet. Both are very aggressive and protective of their nests.