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Interesting Factoids on Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Hornets Sting Repeatedly, so Watch Out.
Hornets Sting Repeatedly, so Watch Out.

The summer months mean that you’re likely to come across bees, wasps or hornets from time to time. Although some of these insects don’t sting, others can deliver a painful sting that can be dangerous if you’re allergic. Learn some interesting facts about these bugs, and count on NJ pest control services for help if you run into trouble.

Africanized Bees

You don’t have to worry about these aggressive bees in NJ . . . yet, but are you aware that they’re also known as killer bees? These bees get their reputation from their tendency to attack in large numbers and for considerable distances when they feel threatened. In fact, some have chased people for over a quarter of a mile.

European Hornets

European hornets differ from other hornets, bees and wasps by coming out at night instead of during the day. These hornets can form colonies that have up to 400 members.

Wasps

Wasps are more of a problem in late summer thanks to their taste for sweet liquids, which can cause them to become aggressive around humans. In fact, some wasps even get drunk when they have fermented juice.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets can form huge colonies that number in the thousands. These colonies can even build nests that are large enough to completely cover a car.

If you have a bee, wasp or hornet problem, contact Allison Pest Control for NJ pest control services.

What Should NJ Residents Know About Hornets?

Hornets Can Sting Repeatedly So Watch Out!
Hornets Can Sting Repeatedly So Watch Out!

Hornets are among the most dangerous insects that NJ pest control services deal with during the summer months. These large stinging insects have painful stings and are known for being highly aggressive if their nests are threatened. Here’s some more information you should know about hornets in NJ.

Behavior

Hornets make nests with a mix of saliva and pulp that resembles paper. These nests are where they lay their eggs, which typically hatch in spring. Hornet colonies are led by a queen, who is the only one to reproduce. Other colony members include a few males and a number of females who help make the hive, feed the queen’s offspring and protect the colony.

Female hornets gather food and feed on tree sap and other insects, such as flies. Males only mate with the queen and usually die shortly afterwards. If hornets feel threatened, they’ll sting using stingers that don’t have barbs, which allow them to sting multiple times.

Life Cycle

Hornet queens usually find somewhere safe to spend the winter months, while the rest of the colony dies. They emerge from these safe places in spring, lay their eggs and have their young help build a new colony. After producing a new colony, the queen dies and a new one takes over.

Are hornets ruining your summer? Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and reliable NJ pest control services.

What to Know About the Baldfaced Hornet?

Is That A Baldfaced Hornet?
Is That A Baldfaced Hornet?

When you see a big black and yellow flying insect, you might assume it’s a hornet, but some of these are actually different species. The baldfaced hornet is a yellowjacket species that Monmouth County pest control professionals deal with. Here’s what you should know about this stinging insect.

Baldfaced hornets are common in most of the U.S., including New Jersey. You can tell that you’re dealing with these pests from the white markings they have on their face, legs, thorax and abdomen. These hornets usually build their large, papery nests in shrubs, bushes and trees, although you can also find them hanging under the eaves of homes. Baldfaced hornets live in colonies that contain a queen. When the weather gets warm, the queen emerges from hiding and starts to build a nest and deposit eggs. When the weather turns cold again, the queen and a few other hornets go into hiding again, while the other members of the colony die.

Although baldfaced hornets can be helpful to have around, since they feed on other yellowjackets and insect pests, they can be dangerous to those who are allergic to hornet stings. Nests that are close to homes should be removed safely.

If you have a problem with hornets or wasps in your NJ home, don’t hesitate to contact Allison Pest Control. Our Monmouth County pest control experts can rid your home of these stinging pests safely.

 

Are Asian Hornets the Next NJ Plague?

Hornets
Hornets

The insect kingdom seems to consist of an infinite number of varieties. As a result, it takes constant vigilance to keep ahead of the threats they pose to home and family. Now comes news of a vicious new species that may be making its way from Asia via Europe and the United Kingdom.

Giant Asian hornets first surfaced in France in 2004. It’s believed they arrived in a shipment of Chinese pottery. There are no natural predators to this species indigenous to France, so they were able to thrive and increase in numbers. Out of 100 departments, which are roughly equivalent to counties, the hornets had colonized 39 of them by 2012.

Great Britain’s House of Commons addressed the potential for an Asian hornet invasion in this month’s report from its Environmental Audit Committee. It stated that the country is in the process of instituting an alert system and contingency plan for the insect’s possible arrival in the U.K. It’s anticipated that the pest will infest the soil in plants being shipped from France or simply fly across the Channel.

At least 28 people were reported to have died in China last year from the hornet’s deadly sting, which can cause anaphylactic shock and kidney failure. In addition, their jaws are strong enough to chew through protective clothing and their venom is as corrosive as acid.

So far there’s no word about this species coming to New Jersey and Monmouth County. If it does, you can rest assured that our trained professionals at Allison Pest Control keep up-to-date on the most efficient methods to fight this pest and any others. Please contact us with any questions you may have.