Category Archives: Stinging Insects

Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets Part One – What does a Wasp Look Like?

Wasps Can Be a Menace to Your Home
Wasps Can Be a Menace to Your Home

Stinging insects keep our Monmouth County pest control professionals busy during summer. While many bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets have stingers, some of these species are capable of delivering stings that are much more powerful and painful than others.

How can you tell what kind of stinging pest you have on your property? We’ll help you learn the difference between hornets, paper wasps and yellow jackets. Let’s start off with how to identify wasps.

Physical Appearance

Unlike bee species, Paper wasps have thin bodies with no hair. They also have a stinger that does not fall off. Instead, paper wasps can deliver multiple stings at a time.

Nesting Habits

Paper wasps build nests under eaves and in other areas that provide them with some protection. These open paper nests typically resemble an umbrella. Paper wasps have colonies that normally consist of less than 100 insects, which is smaller than hornet and yellow jacket colonies.

Diet

Paper wasps feed on live insects. Unlike yellow jackets and some bee species, they are not drawn to sweet foods and drinks that people leave outside. While this makes them less of a nuisance to those who are outside, these insects can still sting when provoked or threatened.

If you have stinging wasps on your property, our Monmouth County pest control experts are here to help. Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and effective wasp removal.

What Bit You, a Bee or a Wasp? How to Tell

The Brad Pitt Wasp
What Bit You, a Bee or a Wasp? How to Tell

You’re out in your yard doing a little gardening or maybe taking a walk in the park or hiking a trail and you get stung. Was it a wasp or a bee that took offense at your being in their territory, or did you intrude into their private space? Either way, inquiring minds want to know.

About Bees

The most noticeable feature you can use to differentiate bees and wasps is their body structure. Bees have a thick waist while wasps have a much thinner, constricted waist.

Some bee species live in large well-ordered communities, some are solitary travelers, while others live in small communes without any organized system. Their main job is feeding on plant nectar and pollination. Bees don’t usually sting unless provoked or if their nest is threatened. Their stinger and its attached sac are planted inside the stung area where it releases venom until the sac is empty.

There are several types of bees found in the USA:

  • Carpenter Bee
  • Bumble Bee
  • Halictid (Sweat) Bee
  • Ground Bee

About Wasps

Unlike bees, wasps are notorious for repeatedly stinging victims without any provocation, which for some can be life-threatening. Below is a short list of the more than 100,000 wasp species.

  • Yellow Jackets
  • Hornets
  • Paper Wasps
  • Bald-Faced Hornet
  • Cicada Killer Wasp

When stinging pests take a bite out of you, it’s time to call in the professionals at Allison Pest Control.

How to Prevent a Wasp Attack

Afraid a Wasp Infestation May Be Occurring? We Can Help!
Afraid a Wasp Infestation May Be Occurring? We Can Help!

Wasps are one of the most dreaded pests to have on your property. Some species swarm when they attack, resulting in dozens of painful stings. It’s important to lower your risk of wasp attacks by doing the following.

• Don’t wear anything scented. Wasps are sometimes drawn to the smell of perfume, lotion, soap or cologne. When you’re going to be in a place where wasps are likely, skip the scented products.

• Watch for nests. Some wasps have nests in the ground, making them hard to spot. Stay away from areas in the ground where you see them flying in and out, since it usually means there’s a nest nearby. Wasps will sting when their nests are disturbed.

• Stay calm. If a wasp lands on you, remain calm until it leaves. If you’re too nervous to do that, gently move it away with some paper.

• Keep your shoes on. Don’t walk barefoot in patches of clover or areas with ground cover that is in bloom.

• This summer, keep these tips in mind anytime you’re outdoors, whether it’s in your yard or at a local park. Wasps are a common problem that our NJ pest control professionals deal with all the time.

• Don’t take the risk of handling a wasp problem on your own. Let our NJ pest control experts take care of it instead. Call Allison Pest Control for safe and reliable wasp nest removals.

Mild Winter Means More Wasps This Summer

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Call Allison Pest Control For Help

While having a mild winter is a pleasant surprise for many, there’s a drawback to it. Warmer temperatures make it possible for more insect pests to survive the season, including wasps. If you’ve been seeing more of these stinging insects around this spring, you’re not alone.

What’s causing a higher number of wasps this year? Wasps usually die during winter due to freezing temperatures. When temperatures are above normal for most of the winter, these wasps have a better chance of making it through the season.

Queens from different wasp species seek places to shelter during winter, which includes the walls and other areas in and around homes. When you see wasps inside your home during spring, you’re seeing queens coming out of their hiding spots and trying to head outdoors to get their new colonies started. More of these queens are able to live through the winter thanks to warmer temperatures, which can lead to higher wasp populations overall.

Keep in mind that the wasps you see inside your home might not seem aggressive, but they can still sting when provoked. Get help from NJ pest control professionals if you don’t want to handle these pests on your own or if you’re seeing a lot of them around.

If you have a wasp problem in your home, our NJ pest control experts can help. Contact Allison Pest Control to make an appointment.

New Wasp Species Gets a Celebrity Name

The Brad Pitt Wasp
The Brad Pitt Wasp

Not all wasps are pests. Although we think of wasps as a nuisance, in many parts of the world and even in the US, wasps are actually quite good at controlling other pests. Sometimes, after their discovery, a new species is given a celebrity name.

Meet Conobregma bradpitti

This particular South African wasp was discovered by the University of Thailand. It is a type of wasp that becomes a parasite on harmful moth and butterfly larvae. They lay their eggs into the host, which then begins to harden and acts like a wasp cocoon. Fully grown wasps emerge and the cycle begins again. For the wasp family of insects, this one is a beneficial predator.

Brad Pitt

University researcher, Buntika A. Butcher, was allowed to name the wasp and she choose C bradpitti because of the long hours of research spent under a poster of … you guessed it … Brad Pitt.

It just goes to show you that being famous has its perks, even to the point of getting a wasp named after you. You’ve gotta love it!

For NJ pest control at its finest, if you have any questions about wasps of any type, where to look for them and what to do, please contact Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection, and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.