20 Stinging Arthropods In Iowa

What Are They?

Miller Pest and Termite Control has assembled a list of 20 stinging/biting arthropods (bugs) that you might encounter in Iowa. Our list is broken down by size, how painful their sting or bite may be, and whether or not they might be a threat to your health. The amount of pain felt will vary from person to person. A person who is allergic to an arthropod’s sting or bite should seek medical attention promptly. Check out our pest control Indianola services.

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A Threat to Your Health?
*Unless Allergic*
Carpenter Ant
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6-12 mm
Velvet Ants
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18-21 mm
Bald Faced Hornet
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12-20 mm
Yellow Jacket Wasps
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12-20 mm
Paper Wasps
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2-3.5 cm
Spider Wasps
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2-3.5 cm
Honey Bees
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5-15mm
Bumble Bees
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10-23 mm
Brown Recluse Spiders
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10-23 mm
Parson Spiders
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8-13 mm
Yellow Sac Spiders
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5-10 mm
Bed Bugs
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2-5 mm
Black Flies
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3-7 mm
Mosquitos
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1-2 mm
Fleas
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1-3 mm
Itch Mites
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.5-1mm
Lice
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2-3 mm
House Centipedes
34-37 mm
Deer Ticks
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2.5-3 mm
Water Bugs
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40-62 mm