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Some Wasps Will Attack Bees to Get Honey

Guess Who Also Watches out for Wasps?
Guess Who Also Watches out for Wasps?

People aren’t the only ones who have to watch out for wasps and their painful stings. These pests have also been known to go after honey bee hives in order to get at the honey inside. In fact, bee keepers have to take extra precautions to protect their hives from these aggressive wasps.

Wasp Habits

Some species of wasps, including yellow jackets, multiply their numbers in the fall when the queen mates and then finds a safe place to spend the winter. The workers of the colony continue to buzz around searching for food and maintaining their nest until they die off during a hard freeze. As food gets scarce, these wasps develop an attitude and get desperate enough to invade beehives.

Wasp Prevention

Whether you’re a bee keeper or not, you don’t want to have these autumn wasps around your yard or home. They can be aggressive while looking for food, making them more likely to sting you. Since wasps can attack in numbers and sting more than once, it’s important to have Tom’s River pest control experts handle any infestations you have. They can do it safely, so you don’t have to worry about getting stung.

Don’t let wasps take over your yard. Contact Allison Pest Control, and our Tom’s River pest control professionals will get rid of them for you.

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.

Mild Winter Means More Wasps This Summer

Call Allison Pest Control For Help
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.

Plan Ahead: What to Do If You’re Attacked by Wasps?

Sting Treatment
Wasp Control

Welcome summer, a time of family picnics, vacations, exploring new places and being outside, soaking up the sun! Summer also brings out many different kinds of bugs and pests, one of those being wasps.

When left alone, wasps are no threat to us. However, a mass attack can occur if their nest is disrupted. And, unlike bees whose stingers are barbed, a wasp can sting multiple times.

Here are some tips on what to do if you are attacked by wasps:

  • If attacked once, intense local pain, swelling, and itching are common. All that is needed is a simple disinfectant. Carry antiseptic pads with you and treat the area with the antiseptic pad and ice. Don’t hit or catch a wasp with your bare hands- this is the best way to avoid single stings.
  • If attacked by a swarm, the best thing to do is to leave the area as quick as you can. Run until they aren’t chasing, go inside or, turn a corner sharply. If you can’t run fast, lie flat on the ground and cover your face and neck to protect them.
  •  Always seek medical attention after being stung because of the venom in your body.

If you have a problem with wasps or with any other pest, call us, your New Jersey Pest Control service provider, today and let us help you!