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Hornet, Wasp & Other Stinging Insect Control in Virginia, Maryland & Washington D.C.

Highland Eco Pest Control Can Help

Stinging insects, including Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Bald-Faced Hornets, and Mud Dauber Wasps, present a significant threat to residents and businesses in the Washington D.C. area.

Not only are their stings painful, but they can also trigger allergic reactions, sometimes severe, posing a health risk to families, employees, and customers.

These pests can cause property damage as they build nests in and around structures, compromising the integrity and comfort of homes and business spaces.

If you’re looking for quality protection against stinging insects, call on the experts at Highland Eco Pest Control.

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Signs You Might Have a Stinging Insect Problem

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  • Visible nests in eaves, rafters, or underground

  • Increased insect activity around the property

  • Repeated stinging incidents or sightings of these insects

At Highland Eco Pest Control, we recognize the dual challenge posed by stinging insects: the immediate threat to health and safety, and the long-term risk to property.

Our local pest control experts are trained to identify the specific species invading your space, understanding their behavior patterns and nesting habits, to devise the most effective, environmentally responsible removal strategies.

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We love our pollinators! Our pest team values the heath of all beneficial insects.

Our extermination experts pay careful attention when performing our pest services to avoid targeting and harming honeybees and other pollinators.

Unlike pesticide treatments, your yard is safe to play on 30 minutes after treatment and if you grow food, such as tomatoes or herbs, they are not negatively impacted by our treatment and are safe to eat.

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Highland’s Eco-Friendly Stinging Insect Control

The Green Way to Remove Hornets, Wasps & More

Simplified Treatment Protocol for Stinging Insects

Our approach to managing stinging insects is both effective and environmentally conscious.

Understanding the distress and danger these pests pose to families and businesses, we’ve established a simplified treatment protocol that prioritizes safety, efficiency, and the well-being of the environment.

Our commitment is to deliver not just a temporary fix, but a comprehensive solution that addresses both the immediate threat and the underlying causes of stinging insect infestations.

Step 1: Thorough Inspection

Our process begins with a comprehensive inspection of your property. This critical first step allows us to accurately identify the type of stinging insect causing concern.

By determining the specific species, we tailor our treatment plan to be as effective as possible.

Additionally, we meticulously search for the source of the infestation, focusing on locating the nest or nests that are at the heart of the problem.

Step 2: Nest Location and Treatment

Locating the nest is pivotal. Whether it’s suspended high in a tree or cleverly hidden within the structure of your home, our trained professionals are equipped to handle it.

We’re prepared to treat nests up to 25 feet high, ensuring that even those hard-to-reach places are addressed. Our treatment methods are designed to be minimally invasive yet highly effective. In most scenarios, we can safely remove the nest following treatment, ensuring a comprehensive solution to the infestation.

For nests located underground or integrated into parts of your home’s structure, our team employs specialized treatment strategies that target these unique challenges without compromising the integrity of your property or the health of its inhabitants.

Step 3: Rapid and Lasting Results

Following the application of our eco-friendly treatment, most pest activity will diminish within 20 to 30 minutes.

This immediate reduction in activity provides quick relief from the distress and danger associated with stinging insects.

The products used by our technicians are designed to offer lasting protection, working diligently to eliminate the colony and prevent future infestations.

Our team’s local expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction make us the go-to for stinging insect control in the Washington D.C. area.

Eco Pest Control For Every Situation

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Residential Eco Pest Control

At Highland Eco Pest Control, we provide thorough pest removal services to ensure a bug-free home.

Beginning with a meticulous inspection, our skilled technicians identify any existing infestations.

Using targeted methods and eco-friendly products, we effectively eliminate pests like ants, spiders, roaches, and more. Our commitment extends to proactive pest control through regular maintenance plans tailored to your needs. With scheduled visits, preventive treatments, and prompt addressing of emerging issues, we keep your home pest-free year-round.

Our approach prioritizes the safety of your family and pets, utilizing environmentally responsible methods with minimal chemical usage.

Trust Highland Eco Pest Control for reliable and effective pest control, from inspection and elimination to preventive measures. Enjoy a bug-free home and peace of mind knowing that our team has you covered.

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Commercial Eco Pest Control

Our company specializes in providing comprehensive commercial pest control services to a wide range of commercial establishments in the Virginia, Maryland & Washington D.C area.

Whether it’s schools, warehouses, offices, or small companies, we are well-equipped to tackle pest problems in various business settings.

With years of experience under our belt, you can trust us to handle all your pest-related concerns with utmost professionalism and expertise.

Our dedicated team of experts is committed to delivering reliable solutions tailored to the unique needs of your commercial space.

We understand the impact that pests can have on the smooth operation of your business, and that’s why we employ effective strategies and advanced techniques to ensure a pest-free environment.

By choosing us as your trusted partner, you can rest easy knowing that your commercial establishment is in capable hands.

Common Stinging Insects in the Washington, DC Area


Hornets, particularly the Bald-Faced Hornet, are known for their large, imposing nests and aggressive behavior when threatened.

Found throughout the Washington D.C. area, these insects can be distinguished by their distinctive white and black markings.

Unlike other stinging insects, hornets can pose a risk not only because of their painful stings but also due to their tendency to attack in numbers if their nest is disturbed.

The Bald-Faced Hornet, a large, black and white relative of the Yellow Jacket, builds aerial nests out of a paper-like substance. These nests can often be found in trees and under eaves throughout Washington D.C. Despite their name, Bald-Faced Hornets are more closely related to wasps than hornets. Their aggressive nature, especially when their nest is threatened, necessitates professional removal.

At Highland Eco Pest Control, we employ safe, effective methods to remove hornet nests, prioritizing the safety of your family and the preservation of the environment.


Wasps, including the common Paper Wasp, are versatile pests that can be found in various habitats around homes and businesses in Washington D.C.

They build their nests from a papery substance they create by chewing wood mixed with saliva, often seen hanging from eaves and branches.

Wasps can be particularly problematic due to their ability to sting multiple times, posing a threat to individuals with allergies.

Mud Dauber Wasps are solitary insects recognized by their slender bodies and the distinctive mud nests they construct on the sides of buildings, including homes and businesses in the D.C. area.

Unlike their more aggressive counterparts, Mud Daubers are generally not aggressive and rarely sting humans. However, their nests can be an eyesore and, if left unchecked, can attract other pests.

Our team at Highland Eco Pest Control specializes in identifying and removing wasp nests safely, using eco-friendly practices that ensure your property remains wasp-free without harming the ecosystem.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are ground-nesting insects that are often mistaken for bees but are far more aggressive, especially when their nests are disturbed.

Common in the Washington D.C. area, they can ruin outdoor activities and pose significant health risks with their painful stings.

Yellow Jackets are attracted to proteins and sweets, making picnics and outdoor dining prime targets.

Highland Eco Pest Control’s approach to controlling Yellow Jackets combines expert nest removal with preventative strategies, minimizing the risk to your family and patrons.

Carpenter Bee Control.

Carpenter Bees are often mistaken for their more aggressive relatives, the Bumblebees. But despite their generally peaceful nature, they are generally not welcomed by homeowners.

One common misconception about Carpenter Bees is their ability to sting. While female Carpenter Bees do possess stingers, they are notably docile and rarely sting unless directly provoked. Males, which are often seen hovering around humans and pets, are completely harmless as they lack a stinger altogether.

The real concern with Carpenter Bees lies in their nesting habits.

These solitary bees are known for their ability to bore perfectly round holes into wood to create nests. This behavior can lead to structural damage over time, particularly in untreated or unpainted softwoods like cedar, pine, and redwood, commonly used in decks, siding, and outdoor furniture.

Homeowners often mistake their presence for a threat of physical harm due to their size and buzzing sound, but the actual issue is the potential for property damage.

Highland’s approach to managing Carpenter Bee infestations involves not only treating existing problems but also educating our clients about these insects to reduce unnecessary fear and focus on practical, eco-friendly solutions to prevent property damage.

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Monday: 8 AM–5 PM
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