People often mistake bees for wasps (yellow jackets) because of their colouring, however they are different. Bees sting once and then die, but wasps can sting repeatedly. Yellow jackets have a shiny black and yellow body and measures to ¾ inch (12-18 mm) in length. These social insects live in large caste-divided colonies. They are considered beneficial as they consume insects such as flies and caterpillars. Wasps may also attack people or animals when unprovoked. They generate fear in people usually when they are seen hovering around a garden or an outdoor activity. Yellow jacket wasps live in nests. It causes problem when the wasp or its nest is disturbed. They sting as a means of ensuring survival. They make their nests in suitable aerial location in veranda, eave, holes on the brick wall, tree or woodpile. Sometimes nests can be found in the ground. The nest is made from a paper-like material gathered from decaying wood and fibres mixed with saliva. It is estimated that between one and two million people in the United States and Canada are severely allergic to stinging insect venom. Each year 90 to 100 deaths from sting reactions are reported, but many more deaths may be occurring, mistakenly diagnosed as heart attacks, sunstrokes or attributed to other causes. More people die each year from the effects of insect venom than from spider or snake bites. Extreme human sensitivity to stings resulting in serious or fatal reactions is confirmed almost entirely to cases involving bees, wasps, hornets, bumble bees and ants (Order Hymenoptera). For one person in 100, the sting of an insect can be fatal.
Baldfaced Hornet / Paper Wasp. Paper wasps and hornets may become a nuisance when nesting around homes and other structures where people live, work or play. Their painful stinging ability causes alarm and fear. Paper wasp is about 3/4 to 1-inch long, slender, narrow waisted with long legs and reddish-orange to dark brown or black in color. There are yellowish markings on the abdomen (rear body part). Paper-like nests, shaped like tiny umbrellas, are suspended by a short stem attached to eaves, window frames, porch ceilings, attic rafters, etc. Each nest consists of a horizontal layer or "tier" of circular comb of hexagonal (six-sided) cells not enclosed by a paper-like envelope. The ends of the cells are open with the heads of the larvae exposed to view.
Baldfaced hornets are up to 3/4-inch long with black and ivory white markings on the face, thorax (middle body part) and tip of the abdomen. Paper-like nests are greyish-brown, inverted, pear-shaped up to three feet tall with the nest entrance at the bottom. Each nest consists of a number of horizontal layers, stories or "tiers" of circular combs, one below the other completely enclosed by a paper-like envelope as a covering. Also, the cells are not exposed to view. Wasp (Yellow Jacket), Paper Wasp and Hornet Control Since they are attracted to sweet food and strong scents, avoid leaving food or drink uncovered and wearing scented products such as perfume and hair spray. Keep the garbage in sealed containers until it can be properly discarded. Be careful not to step on yellow jackets when walking barefoot on lawns or other grassy areas. If a wasp lands on you, remain calm and wait for it to fly off or brush it off gently. Otherwise you run the risk of experiencing a sting. Seek medical help when the reaction to a sting includes swelling, itching, dizziness or shortness of breath. Removal or killing the wasp nest is necessary. Because of the danger of attack by a large group of wasps, professional help is advised as it requires experience, right equipment and protective outfit (clothing). Persons who are especially sensitive to stings should retain reputable, licensed, professional pest control operators who have the experience, equipment and most effective insecticides to get the job done professionally and effectively. Pest Control BARRIE exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with any situation regarding wasp / bee nest removals and controls. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments when carrying out wasp (yellow jacket) / bee, Paper Wasp and hornet control service or removal of nest.
Carpenter bees may become a nuisance when nesting around homes and other structures where people live, work or play. Their painful stinging ability causes alarm and fear. Carpenter bees are large (1 inch) yellow and black bees which become active in early spring. They resemble bumblebees but do not live in colonies, have fewer hairs and pollen sacs on the hind legs. They appear around homes and are a nuisance. Although it is rare but right possibility is there to be stung by one. Their sheer size is scary and people generally stay clear of them. Instead of getting rid of Carpenter Bees one by one, their nest is much more of a concern. These nests, if left untreated, will result in extensive structural damage and will result in costly repairs within a few years. The female will go in and out of the nest, so patience will show where the entrance is. Or if you see round holes about the size of the end of a pencil that is the entrance. There can be several holes in the wood. Killing individual bees with a liquid insecticide will not destroy the bee's young. THE NEST MUST BE TREATED!
Here are the steps for getting rid of Carpenter Bees: Each and every hole has to be treated. This allows the female to fly in and out and carry the chemical back to her chambers. It is recommended to plug the holes after 3 to 5 days using any sealant. Persons who are especially sensitive to stings should retain reputable, licensed, professional pest control operators who have the experience, equipment and most effective insecticides to get the job done professionally and effectively. Our exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with any situation regarding carpenter bee control. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments