The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it’s time for summer cookouts and hours spent outside. Before you spend the summer in your yard, make sure it is safe from stinging insects!
It’s important to inspect your property for stinging insects. Check the exterior of your business, home, shed, and garden for nests. Stinging insects, such as wasps and bees, can be found low in the ground, or up high in your attics and gutters. Wasps like to frequent your rafters and vents. Should you discover a nest, call us to help you remove it safely. Removal and treatment of these nests is best done early in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening.
In general, bees are full-bodied and appear to be fuzzy, it is this “fuzz” that helps them to collect and disseminate pollen. Bees will attack when afraid or provoked, but tend not to be aggressive.
Carpenter Bees resemble Bumble Bees, but they usually have a bare, shiny abdomen. These bees bore into wood, so they are commonly found on structures such as decks and fences. Carpenter bees can cause structural damage over time if not properly removed and treated for.
Ground bees are most active in early spring, though you can see them at other times of the year. These bees dig nests in the ground, often in bare patches. Their nests look like mounds of soil, similar to anthills with a larger opening.
Honeybees are not aggressive and are a vital part of our environment. If you have honeybees, please contact a beekeeper to assist you in safely removing them from your home:.
Wasps look different from bees: they have pointed lower abdomens and a narrow "waist," that separates the abdomen from the thorax. Wasps also have shiny, smooth skin and tend to be brightly colored. It is important to have a pest control technician out to assess and safely remove and treat for these pests.
Yellow Jackets build their nests in the ground and are highly aggressive. They are brightly colored, with black and yellow markings on their bodies.
Hornets are similar in appearance to yellow jackets, but tend to be more of a brown or red color. Their nests look like paper beehives, usually hanging in a tree or eaves of a house.
Paper Wasps are non-aggressive and typically only sting in self-defense. These wasps build their nests up high - these nests tend to have open combs and a stalk that anchors the nest to the structure it is on.
If you think you have stinging insects near or in your home, give us a call for a free estimate today.