Sometimes it’s difficult to identify what type of stinging insect you may have nesting on your property. Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and honey bees are most likely the ones you’ll encounter. Of these, bees are the most common species you’ll see during the summer months.
While the first three help to pollinate flowers and vegetables, honey bees are by far the primary pollinators for the majority of foods we eat, both directly and indirectly. By gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, the plants are properly pollinated so they can grow the fruits and vegetables that we eat. They certainly deserve our protection to the extent possible.
Common honey bees, about a half inch in size, are yellowish-brownish in color with black bands underneath. They typically build their nests inside walls or trees where their waxy nests hold the honey.
A relatively new species, the Africanized honey bee, is more aggressive in gathering and protecting its honey. They were developed in Brazil in the 1950’s when an African subspecies and a European subspecies were crossed. Smaller than the common variety, they typically build their nests in structures such as barbecue grills and utility boxes.
Stinging insects can be dangerous, so don’t risk handling them on your own. Call on our Freehold Exterminators to determine the type of infestation you have and let us take care of it safely. Call Allison Pest Control for safe bee removal.
Yellow jackets are among the most feared stinging insects and for good reason. These pests are usually more of a nuisance than paper wasps and hornets thanks to their nesting habits and diet.
Keep the following information in mind if you want to know whether or not you have yellow jackets around the yard. Don’t hesitate to have our exterminators in Freehold get rid of them for you.
Yellow jackets, like hornets and paper wasps, also have elongated bodies with no hair on them. These insects also have straight stingers that deliver painful stings over and over again when they attack.
Yellow jackets live in colonies of more than 100, just like hornets. They also build enclosed paper nests, but they usually build theirs underground. In some cases, you might see yellow jacket nests hanging instead of in the ground. The fact that they tend to build nests underground makes it easy to accidentally disturb one. Take care when mowing your lawn or running around your yard.
Yellow jackets don’t feed on live insects like hornets and paper wasps. Instead, they feed on dead insects and sugars. This means you’re more likely to have them around when you’re eating or drinking outside.
Don’t let yellow jackets keep you inside this summer. Contact Allison Pest Control, and our exterminators in Freehold will safely rid your property of these stinging pests.
Telling the difference between hornets, wasps and yellow jackets can be tough. Although all of these are considered stinging pests, some pose more of a threat to you than others.
Here are some of the characteristics that can help you determine if you have hornets in your yard. To avoid getting 03stung, remember that it’s important to have Monmouth County pest control experts exterminate them instead of trying to eliminate them on your own.
Hornets have a similar appearance to wasps, with their long, thin bodies and lack of hair. Hornets also have stingers that allow them to sting someone a number of times instead of just once.
Hornets typically build large, enclosed paper comb nests on shrubs or trees. They sometimes build these nests on eaves as well. Hornet colonies are larger than paper wasp colonies, often with more than 100 insects.
Hornets have a similar diet to paper wasps. They eat live insects and usually won’t disturb people when food and drinks are outside. They’re also not likely to hover around garbage cans like yellow jackets and other stinging insects that are drawn to sugary substances.
When you have hornets, don’t hesitate to contact Allison Pest Control for help. Our Monmouth County pest control team can get rid of hornets, so you don’t have to worry about getting stung.
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.