BEES, YELLOW JACKETS, HORNETS, & WASPS
We offer fast and effective extermination of unwanted yellow jackets, hornets and wasps. Using protective equipment and proper treatment methods, our professionals can safely relieve you and your home of these unwanted pests. Safe removal of nests after extermination is also offered.
When dealing with any bee it is best to call a professional because of the threat of painful stings.
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Common Name: Bee – Honeybee
Latin Name: Apis mellifera
Common Family Name: Bees
Latin Family Name: Apidae
Other Names: Several subspecies exist, including the Italian, German, and Africanized honeybees.
Origin: A native of Europe and Asia, the honeybee was introduced to the United States for honey production and pollination of crops. The Africanized honeybee (a.k.a. “killer bee”) evolved in Africa, was introduced to South America, and found its way north into the U.S.
Honeybees are social bees, with colonies composed of a single Queen and many hundreds of workers. New colonies are begun when additional Queens are produced in a colony and all but one leave, each newly fertilized Queen taking a consort of workers with her. Males (drones) are produced only for mating with these new queens, and the males then die. Only the females can sting, but all workers are females and all of the working members of the hive can sting. Honeybees can sting humans only once, losing their stinger in the process. Larvae are fed pollen and honey, and the honey is created by continual mastication and dehydration of the nectar and other sugary fluids the workers gather. Honeybee hives remain active year-round, and often will be located within structures. Queens may live as long as 5 years while workers live less than 2 months in the active summer months.
IDENTIFICATION OF BEES
The workers are about a half inch long and are various shades of brown and black colors, with very dark head, legs, and antennae. They are densely covered with short, pale hairs. The antennae are bent at their middle, or “elbowed”. The mouth is an elongate tongue formed by several parts, and enables the bees to reach into fairly deep flowers to take up the nectar there. The bees have 2 pairs of wings, separating them from some similar flies that mimic the bee’s appearance.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN BEE CONTROL
Bee activity may be reduced around eating areas with good sanitation, by keeping food spills cleaned up and keeping trash receptacles closed. Colonies located within walls or other voids may be removed by professional beekeepers if possible. If necessary they may be treated with a dust insecticide to kill the bees, and the hive should then be removed. If the hive is left future problems will occur from melting wax and honey, as well as the attraction of the materials to ants and carpet beetles.
YELLOW JACKETS AND YELLOW JACKET NESTS
If left to mature naturally, Yellow Jacket nests will reach maturity in August or September. Most nests are in the ground under stumps or shrubs. But they also nest in voids. These voids may be in a tree or house. Such locations can be difficult to treat.
Yellow Jackets are territorial and will defend their nest. Be careful when moving around a suspected nest site. Their sting is painful and most encounters involve many stings.
YELLOW JACKET PROBLEMS
Yellow Jackets are a nuisance at locations like garbage dumpsters, decks, pool areas, picnic areas and generally any place people like to be. They are attracted to the same food we like. Soda, chicken, steak or candy will all attract Yellow Jackets. In fact, this problem is so common in the United States that just about everybody knows how intimidating and annoying a yellow jacket flying around their drink or food can be.
YELLOW JACKET BIOLOGY
This food is then brought back to their nest to feed larvae. Yellow Jackets work for nothing other than feeding their young. Though this sounds noble, the adults have self motivated intentions. They get a sugary food from young larva in exchange for the protein they provide.
Yellow jackets are no doubt one of the more aggressive wasp species around. If threatened, they will sting. In fact, yellow jackets will sting more readily then most any other wasp. And since they can sting so over and over without loosing their stinger, it’s best not to irritate them. Unfortunately a simple reaction to one buzzing around your head, arm or leg can be enough to irritate it so be careful if you have any that seem attracted to you.
Since yellow jackets use both vision and odor to find food, people will many times become the target of their focus. This is due to many reasons. People regularly sweat which yellow jackets love. They will readily seek the salty moisture where they can find it and during warm hot dry spells, people become a prime target.
WHAT CAN ATTRACT YELLOW JACKETS?
Furthermore, the colognes, anti-perspirants and other scents we wear can all contribute to yellow jackets finding us attractive. Certain colors will catch their eye as well and though there is no real pattern for this behavior, it is clear that bright colors during certain times of the year will attract them.
Wasps can build nests on homes, under soffits, behind sidings or window shutters and just about anyplace which provides some type of shelter from the elements. These nests are usually small in size and population. Many times wasp nests are in cracks of wood and cannot be seen. Here the wasp will nest in between siding, insulation and any other void they can find underneath soffits, around gutters and windows.
Paper wasps do not fly as fast as bald faced hornets and are generally not as aggressive. If activity is high, just watch from a distance and chances are you will quickly locate where the main nest sight is located or hidden. Paper wasps are also very curious. It is quite common to find them flying around people since they are attracted to moisture and sweet odors. Also, most wasps have good eyes and will catch you approaching once you get within 10 feet of them.
WHAT WASPS LIKE
They will readily fly toward sweat, perfume, food, flowers, dead insects and other things commonly found around the home. In fact, wasps can become quite a pest – even if you are just trying to sit out on your deck or around the pool.
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