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Is It a Wasp or a Hornet? How to Tell the Difference

Is That A Hornet?
Is That A Hornet?

As the summer season gets into full swing, two of the major pests around are wasps and hornets. Although you may lump them into the same category by calling one or the other the same name, there are differences, and here are some basic ways to tell them apart.

Sweet Eaters

In general, wasps are the guys that will be swarming around anything sweet. Open cans of soda, desserts at picnics, fruit juices in cups, open garbage pails, these are all wasp attractants. Any of the yellow and black striped insects flying around sweets will be wasps.

Coloration

Hornets generally have black and white coloration, while wasps have several different types of coloring, with the most common being the unmistakable black and yellow stripes on their abdomen.

Nesting

Those ground hornet nests, as they are called, are actually wasp nests, because hornets always nest high off the ground. Wasp nests are also commonly found off the ground, and those paper-made umbrella-shaped nests, beneath your home or garage eaves, are made by wasps.

Size

Hornets are bigger and stockier than wasps, with most measuring more than an inch long, while wasps are thinner and less than an inch long.

If you believe you have wasp or hornet issues, or just want more information about their differences or how to control them, please contact us at Allison Pest Control. Serving Monmouth and Ocean County for nearly 100 years.

Bee Sting Care – Quick First Aid

Sting Treatment
Sting Treatment

Bees and wasps are common summer visitors around your gardens and flower beds. You could inadvertently get stung while working outside as bees busily collect nectar or pollen. Wasps, such as yellow jackets and hornets, are more aggressive and will sting repeatedly with the slightest challenge. If you or a family member do get stung, take quick action with these first aid tips from WebMD.

1. If the stinger is still in the wound, remove it carefully with tweezers or by scraping it with your fingernail. Pinching it could release more venom. One of the differences between wasps and bees is the stinger. Most bees have a hooked stinger that will stay in the wound while the wasp’s straight stinger can allow for multiple attacks.

2. Reduce the swelling by putting ice on the area and elevating if possible. Remove rings, jewelry or clothing that could become too tight.

3. Treat the pain with ibuprofen or acetaminophen and use an antihistamine to relieve itching. Soothe the wound site with calamine lotion or a poultice of baking soda and water.

4. Symptoms usually last two to five days. To prevent infection, keep the wound area clean.

5. Seek medical attention immediately for symptoms such as dizziness, swollen tongue, trouble breathing, or hives, or if there has been a history of severe allergic reaction to insect stings.

If wasps and bees are no longer visiting but have taken up residence on your property, don’t attempt to get rid of them on your own. Contact the professionals at Allison Pest Control. We can reduce the danger and pain of bee stings by removing or relocating nests and hives.

Interesting and Unusual Facts About Ants

Ants Relatives
Ants Relatives

Ants are one of Earth’s great success stories. Ancestors of ancient wasps, with whom they share their hourglass figure, ants first appeared on Earth when dinosaurs roamed the planet more than 120 million years ago. These small insects are among the few species that have survived to modern times largely unchanged.

An amazingly hardy species, ants thrive everywhere on Earth except the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica and the Arctic. While no one enjoys sharing their Monmouth County, New Jersey kitchen with ants; there is much to admire in these hard-working insects.

Did You Know?

Enjoy these strange but true facts about ants:

  • Ants are the Einsteins of the insect world with a quarter of a million brain cells. In comparison, the human brain contains around 100 billion cells!
  • At 1/2 inch long, the carpenter ant is the largest ant in New Jersey. The largest ant species is the 2-inch long African driver ant.
  • Some ants are farmers, cultivating fungus or tending “herds” of aphids for their sugary secretions.
  • In some cultures ants are a culinary delicacy. Depending on species, they may have a honey sweet or peppery taste.
  • Ants do not have ears. Special sensing organs in their feet and knees allow ants to “hear” ground vibrations. Ants also use their antennae, special sensing hairs, and scent to navigate.
  • The insect kingdom’s body builders, ants have exceptionally thick muscles and can lift objects many times their size and 50 times their body weight. In human terms, this would be like lifting a Ford Focus above your head!

Ants are less fascinating when they invade your home. When they do, call the ant extermination experts at Allison Pest Control.

What is the Most Painful Place for a Bee Sting?

Don't Get Stung
Don’t Get Stung

You don’t have to be a child to feel the intense pain that’s brought on by a bee sting. Now that spring is here, you’re probably noticing a lot more bugs in your back yard, as well as more bees than you’d like to see. Even though a certain number of bees is good for the environment, when you begin to get too many, you start worrying about yourself or members of your family getting stung.

The Most Painful Areas for a Bee Sting

While you might think bees can sting anywhere on your body, there are a few areas that hurt more than others. For example:

Your nostril: Bees like to make their homes in old pipes and other areas in your yard. When you look into these areas, don’t be surprised to have a bee sting you on the nose.

The palm of your hand: If you’ve ever reached into a container to look for something and gotten stung by a waiting bee, you know this one is quite painful.

Your abdomen: Your stomach area is really sensitive, so you really feel that pinch when you get stung in the abdomen.

Don’t let bees take over your yard this summer. Your first reaction might be picking up a few cans of insect repellant at the hardware store. Unfortunately, these products rarely work as well as you’d like them to. Not to mention, when you use them, your risk of getting stung increases.

With the help of Allison Pest Control you can quickly take care of your bee problem the right way. For more information, contact us today!

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.