Our region is home to many species of stinging insects ranging from the beneficial honeybee to the aggressive wasp.
It’s not uncommon to get bees, hornets, and wasps confused. They’re all capable of stinging and frequently come with black and yellow markings. Wasps have narrow waists, smooth skin, and four wings. Hornets are a subset of wasp with slightly larger waists but similar skin and wings. Bees tend to be fuzzy, round, and are smaller in general.
No matter which one you find on your home or business property, it’s a problem. They’re capable of building incredibly troublesome nests or hives, most frequently during the summertime. If they are found on your property, the best thing to do is to contact the professionals. Take a closer look at the various types of stinging insects we help protect against below.
Primary Bee and Wasp Species in Our Region
- Bald Faced Hornets
- Bumble Bees
- Carpenter Bees
- Ground Nesting Wasps
- Honey Bees
- Mud Dauber Wasps
- Paper Wasps
- Solitary Bees
- Yellow Jackets
Why do I have them?
Bees, wasps, and hornets are a common problem for property owners every spring and late summer. Their main goal is finding food, so if they’re in your space, that’s what they’re trying to do. There is a small flurry of activity in the spring as the queens emerge from their overwintering sites to locate new nesting locations and begin developing their populations. In the late summer, that’s when the worker bees and wasps really get active and aggressive. During that time of year, their whole goal is to carb-load (nectar, pollen, sweets) so they can feed the queen so she can survive the winter to carry on their colony in the spring. All the other bees and wasps die off in the winter.
What should I do about it?
Do-it-yourself treatments are available but are usually not as effective in removing stinging insects. And, it can be very dangerous. Multiple stings are the quick result of many home remedies. Plus, these products may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
That’s why your best option is always to contact professionals. At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your stinging insect problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.