Bee & Wasps Removal
Types of Bees
Bumble (Ground) Bees
Bumblebees are considered to be beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. They are very social bees and live in large “families”. Unlike honeybees, bumblebees can sting more than once because their stingers are smooth and do not get caught in the skin when they fly away.
Bumblebees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nests in attics or under roof beams. If disturbed, bumblebees will buzz in a loud volume, and they will aggressively defend their nests. As part of the aggressive defense of their nests, bumblebees will chase nest invaders for long distances. The bumblebee sting is one of the most painful stings, where swelling and irritation can last for days after you are stung.
Bumblebees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials.
Because bumblebees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised not to address the infestation themselves. A pest management professional should be called in to help.
Carpenter bees are solitary bees, that build nests just for themselves and only feed their own young. They get their name from their ability to drill through wood. Carpenter bee stingers are not barbed, so they are able to sting over and over again.
Carpenter bees do not pose a public health threat, but they can do damage to the wood where they build their nests, which can lead to damage to your home.
Prevention:Carpenter bees can drill into almost any wood, but prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can sometimes deter them.
However, they will sometimes attack stained or painted wood, and their nests can be hard to reach, so a pest management professional should be called in to help.
Types of Wasps
Bald-faced hornets get their name from the large white patches on their faces. Bald-faced hornets house their colonies inside large nests that they build hanging from trees, bushes, vegetation and occasionally from buildings. A single mated queen starts a new nest each spring by laying eggs inside a small nest made from paper strips and loose bark. The workers then gradually expand the size of the nest until it is larger than a basketball by the end of the summer. The queen lives deep in the nest, so she is always protected.
Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again, and their stingers also carry venom which makes the stings hurt, itch and swell for about 24 hours.
European hornets are much larger than other wasps. Unlike most other stinging insects, European hornets will fly at night. Queens are the only females to reproduce, and most other hornets are female workers who build the hive, gather food, feed the young, and protect the colony. There are few males (also called drones) in the hive. Since their job is to mate with the queen, males typically die soon after mating.
European hornets can do a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs, because they strip the bark to get to the sap. They also use the bark fiber to build their nests. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again, and also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch or swell for about 24 hours.
Yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.
They usually build their nests underground, around garbage and in cool, dark spaces. They also build nests in trees, shrubs and in holes in walls. Most yellow jacket colonies only remain active for one year, then the queen flies off to start a new colony. The remaining bees die in the fall and the nest is abandoned. Look for yellow jacket nests during the day, because you can see them flying in and out, but destroy nests at night, when they are dormant and all there.
Prevention for Wasps:
Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.
Call a pest management professional if you find yellow jackets around your house.