Primary Species In Our Region
Bald Faced Hornet
Workers are about 5/8-3/4 inches; queens are 3/4 of an inch long or more. Mostly black in color with a white pattern over its face, bald-faced hornets build paper enclosed, gray aerial nests that are generally found in trees, chimneys, under eaves, or behind siding on your property.
Carpenter bees range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch long and are distinguishable by their shiny, black abdomen and “hovering” flight pattern. The adult female carpenter bee uses her chewing mouthparts to bore dime-sized holes into wood to create a 5 to 8 inch long chamber in which to lay her eggs.
Around 1 inch in length, paper wasps are dark brown in color with black wings and yellow markings. They are often mistaken for yellow jackets as their body coloring is similar. Nests are found under eaves, behind attic vents, inside outdoor lighting, grills, and other enclosed areas.
Adult workers are 3/8 to 5/8 inches long, depending on species; queens are generally longer. Yellow jackets are black in color with yellow markings on the body and prefer to construct their nests in the ground, but can be found in attics, behind walls, inside hollow trees and other landscapes.
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/wasps die off in the winter.
Are They Dangerous?
Often considered a nuisance pest, bees, wasps and hornets are also capable of causing varying reactions with their stings including mild redness, swelling and even death.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
The trick with bees/wasps/hornets is to get to their nest. Killing them individually helps in the short term, but the nest must be taken care of for full relief. Getting rid of stinging insects and their nests can be extremely difficult and potentially dangerous – we could tell you some stories! Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of wasps and other stinging insects.
What About Beneficial Honeybees?
Much has been in the news about a threat to our honeybee population. Clearly, we don’t want to kill off beneficial honeybees. However, if a honeybee nest is causing a risk to humans, it needs to get taken care of. Instead of eradicating the nest, like with wasps or hornets, it’s best to call a local beekeeper to come and move the nest. If you’re performing DIY pest control, simply look up a local beekeeper. When we’re performing stinging insect service, we take the same steps and more to protect beneficial honey bees.
Can I Do it Myself?
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.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
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.
How Can I Prevent This in the Future?
Due to their foraging nature and nesting habits, these insects are hard to prevent. If stinging insects have become a problem on your property, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger issue.