Bees, Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

Bees, Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets removal experts

There are many species of stinging insects. Most insect stings occur during late summer and fall when stinging insects are most abundant. Generally, these insects will not sting unless stepped on, touched, annoyed, or protecting their nest. Most stinging wasps and bees are beneficial but when they pose a direct hazard to humans nesting in close quarters, they become a nuisance. You should take extreme caution in dealing with any stinging insect. If a family member is allergic to a bee or wasp and is stung, the reaction might be serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. A bad reaction can occur even if the allergy had previously been non-existent or mild. Also, an individual's allergy can worsen after repeated exposure to bites. Multiple bites can be quite dangerous, especially with regard to the elderly or small children. Regardless, stings hurt even without an adverse reaction.

The most common nuisance stinging insects are wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. These are all paper wasps. They construct their nest out of secretions from their mouth that turn into the paper like material you see. Hornets are the larger paper wasps and build nests that look like a football. They can build these large nests in a short period of time, generally in 4-6 weeks. They can be very agitated with lawn equipment, very aggressive in protecting their nest, and can pose serious problems when encountered. Wasps vary in size and color and build open face nests all over, in, and around your home. These are the easiest paper wasp to run into because of how small their nests are and where they decide to build them. Yellow jackets are the smaller paper wasp. They generally nest in the ground, but will occasionally nest in wall voids or soffits around your home. They are very aggressive like hornets and feel they need to protect their nest. Most wasps will not attack if left alone. However, some people are curious to observe a nest or unknowingly surprise a member of a hive. If provoked, a wasp will sting in defense of its nest or itself. Insect sprays should be used with caution. Some of the more caustic over-the-counter sprays on the market can cause harm to children and pets. 

Exterminating wasps and bees on your own can be difficult and even dangerous. Sometimes a homeowner will attempt to exterminate pests alone, using chemical sprays from a hardware store or supply center. If these sprays are not applied in the correct locations, most of the bee or wasp colony will survive. The most challenging nests to control are those that located deep inside the walls of a home or in the attic. Often, a homeowner does not even know where the actual colony is located. He or she only sees where the wasps are flying back and forth through a crack or hole in the home. If there are bees or wasps anywhere in your home, extreme caution is advised.

Dealing with any stinging insects should be left to a professional. Our Specialists know exactly where to treat in order to eliminate your bee or wasp problem. We are able to take care of your pest problem safely and efficiently. If you have a stinging pest issue, contact Skyline today.