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Bee, Wasp and Hornet Removal

While we deal with a wide range of pests common to the Midwest, these are a few pests that we treat often. Each of these insects have different behaviors and habits that we, as pest control professionals, have to understand before we can effectively treat for them. While some cause more damage or pose a hazard to your family, all are considered pests.

Yellow Jackets: The yellow jacket is a species of wasp. Yellow jacket workers are about ½" long with alternating bands on the abdomen (typically black and yellow) and the Queen is larger; about ¾" long. These pests can often be identified by their distinct coloration, their sighting in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern. Yellow jackets build nest in a variety of protect places including: trees, scrubs, soil cavities, and inside and on man-made structures. They have a lance-like stinger with small barbs and tend to sting repeatedly. Occasionally their stinger will become lodged upon stinging and pull from their thorax; it is during this time that they are often misidentified as bees. Yellow Jackets are have been known to mark their aggressors and will pursue. While their stings are repeated and painful they are typically only life threatening to those with allergies but it is best to allow only trained professionals to treat for these pests.

Wasps: There are roughly 4,000 wasp species in the United States. The various species of wasps fall into two main categories: solitary wasps and social wasps. Because we see most of our customer concerns with social wasps; this is what we will focus on. Social wasps function in colonies that can number up to several thousand to a nest. Most of the wasp species have no role in pollinating plants. Wasps will build their nests in a variety of places including: holes underground, attached to walls, trees, or plants, underneath decks/floors, and on the eaves of homes. All of these locations are typically sun light rich areas. Wasps will attack and sting humans and pets; especially when threatened. Wasps nests found near the home or in public areas can be very dangerous and should to removed by a professional.

Hornets: Hornets present a significant risk to humans and pets when a colony is near the house or public area. Hornets have stings used to kill prey and defend the nest. Hornet stings are more painful than typical wasp stings because hornet venom contains a large amount of acetylcholine (approximately 5%) but toxicity varies with species. Hornets will sting multiple times and can mobilize the entire nest to sting in defense. If a hornet is killed near the nest it may release an attack pheromone which bonds to materials that come into contact with it. Hornets are very dangerous and should be dealt with by professional only.

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