Warmer weather and climate change in general make it easy for invasive species to find new places to go. When it comes to stinging insects, humans aren’t the only ones who have to worry. Honeybees in the U.K. are likely to be facing a threat from giant Asian hornets.
These hornets have been seen in Tetbury, Gloucestershire so far, and they’re expected to be in Warwickshire by summer. Giant Asian hornets aren’t as much of a problem for people as they are for honeybees. These hornets are known for preying on honeybees, which could significantly reduce their populations. A decrease in honeybee populations can take a toll on local crops.
Experts have been making the public in the U.K. aware of the threat of giant Asian hornets for this summer. The general public in Warwickshire has been given opportunities to learn more about these hornets, such as how to identify them. They also have a chance to learn what to do if they spot any.
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.
Several species of insects can cause you considerable pain thanks to their stings, but which ones hurt the most? A researcher from the University of Arizona has taken a painstaking approach to figure this out.
Justin Schmidt, an entomologist, has been stung by more than 80 insects all in the name of science. Schmidt allowed himself to be stung in order to create the insect pain scale. This is how some of the most common stinging insects ranked:
Level 1: Fire ants and sweat bees inflict the mildest stings. While these stings are still painful, they’re not as bad as those of other bugs.
Level 2: Honeybees and Jack jumper ants have stings that are more painful than those of fire ants and sweat bees.
Level 3: Yellow paper wasps and Florida harvester ants inflict stings that are highly painful, but they’re not the most painful stings of all.
Level 4: The worst insect stings come from bullet ants and tarantula hawk wasps. These stings have been described as “blinding” and “fierce.”
Fortunately, not all of the above insects are native to NJ, but when you have stinging ants, bees or wasps, keep in mind that it’s safer to let NJ pest control experts remove them. If you have stinging insects in or around your home, don’t hesitate to call our NJ pest control professionals. Get in touch with Allison Pest Control, and we’ll get them off your property before they can sting you or your family.
Wasps are a common sight when it’s warm out, but what happens during the colder part of the year? Do you still need to worry about these stinging insects?
Paper wasps, which are found throughout NJ, usually don’t make it through winter. Most of these wasps die during the cold season, except for those that end up becoming new queens. These wasps are able to handle the cold by keeping themselves protected from it in convenient locations, such as in cracks in a home’s foundation or under tree bark. They create a nest in their chosen spot and remain there until spring arrives.
Since most wasps do not live through winter, do you need to have any you find on your property eliminated? In most cases, these wasps can be left alone, but keep in mind that their paper nests should be removed in a safe manner. Otherwise, new wasps might decide to turn those into their new home in spring, which could become a problem during the summer months. You can usually find paper wasp nests, which have an umbrella shape, on window frames, overhangs, shrubs and trees.
If you need a wasp nest on your property removed, let Allison Pest Control handle it. Our Monmouth County pest control experts know how to safely get rid of these nests and any remaining wasps, so you won’t have to worry about getting stung.
Having a hornet’s nest near your home isn’t something you want to see up close, but the inside of these nests can be fascinating to learn more about. Hornet nests usually have thousands of these stinging insects inside, so there’s usually a lot of activity going on throughout the day.
Hornets typically spend most of their day performing different tasks, such as building the nest, searching for food and making sure the young are fed. Some also spend time protecting the entire colony from threats by using their stingers. The few males that are part of the colony are only responsible for mating with the queen. The rest of the colony, made up of female hornets, are the ones who handle the day-to-day tasks that keep the colony in good condition.
While being able to see what’s going on inside a hornet nest is an interesting experience, it’s not something to attempt. Hornets can become aggressive when you get too close to their nest, resulting in a number of painful stings. Instead, have pest control professionals deal with getting rid of the hornets and the nest in a safe manner.
When you have a hornet’s nest on your property, don’t try to remove it on your own. Contact Allison Pest Control for help instead. Our Tom’s River Pest Control experts will promptly and safely remove the nest.
Hornets are highly aggressive pests that can deliver painful stings. If you see a hornet’s nest on your property, you might be tempted to get rid of it as soon as possible, but that can be a very dangerous task to do on your own.
Hornet nests, which are usually found hanging from bushes trees or building exteriors, are typically filled with tons of these bugs that won’t hesitate to attack when their nest is moved or disturbed. Approaching the nest involves wearing a full wasp suit to reduce the risk of stings. These suits are usually sealed around openings, such as the collar and wrists, providing protection from these aggressive insects.
While you can get rid of hornets with the right insecticide, it needs to be applied through the nest opening without cracking any other part of the nest. After the insecticide is applied, the nest can be removed at night while wearing a wasp suit again, but only if there is no sign that any hornets are still alive.
Instead of trying to rid your property of a hornet nest, leave it to professionals to do it safely. Otherwise, you could end up covered in stings.
If you’re dealing with a hornet problem in or near your home, contact Allison Pest Control right away. Our Tom’s River Pest Control experts will safely remove hornets and their nests from your property.