Bee & Wasp Pest Control
Bees and wasps such as yellow jackets and hornets act as both scavengers and predators and can actually benefit their surroundings by killing plant-eating insects and flies as well as by pollinating surrounding vegetation. They become a nuisance when they scavenge around people’s food supplies and garbage cans. Both wasps and bees are also known to be aggressive defenders of their nests and can become a threat to sting humans if their nests are disturbed. If a nest is too close to the regular foot traffic of your house and poses a threat to you or your family, call Green T Pest Control to have these nests eliminated. However, if there is a nest on your property that does not pose an immediate threat, these tips will help you live with them to reap the benefits they can bring.
Most wasps build their nests with a paper-like material that is a mixture of saliva and chewed wood fragments but they may look different and appear in different locations depending on the type of wasp. Yellow jackets commonly build their nests in the ground but some are also known to be aerial nesters with nests in low-hanging branches, bushes, or buildings. Ground nests are typically found in rodent burrows, tree bases, under porches, or in voids in walls or ceilings. Paper wasps build nests that are umbrella shaped and usually locate them under eaves or ledges. A hornets’ nest looks like a tear drop shaped ball and can be found on a tree, bush or the side of a building. Hornets typically build their nests out of reach and defend them more aggressively than the other wasps.
For the most part, bees and wasps are not a threat to sting humans unless they are defending their colony or are disturbed while scavenging for food. Wasps can be very aggressive when defending their colonies, with each wasp able to deliver multiple, painful stings. These stings usually result in swelling and tenderness and can be life-threatening to those allergic to bee stings. Suffering multiple bee stings can also be dangerous because the enzymes in wasp venom can damage red blood cells and other body tissues. Bee stings from a honey bee are not as severe but they do still contain an amount of venom that can have serious implications to those that are allergic or young children.
The best way to avoid the threat of bee and wasp stings while reaping the benefits of their colony is to avoid contact with the wasps and their colony. If you notice a nest on your property, try to avoid passing through that area. You can also avoid contact with them by keeping garbage cans well sealed and keeping food or drinks covered or inside to prevent attracting them. If the location of a wasp nest poses a constant threat to you or your family, then it is best to have professionals remove the nest. Green T Pest Control can remove troublesome nests with ease to make your yard safe for your pets and children.