Bees, wasps and hornets are a warm weather problem that affects every age and
every community. Honey bees too often build their hives in inappropriate
places. Loss of a queen or excessive traffic near their hive can cause
bees to become extremely aggressive and attack a person with possible
hospitalization or death as the result. There have been cases of honey
bees building enormous hives in the walls of houses, causing oozing honey and
nightly disturbances of annoying buzzing heard through the walls.
These are a few of the more well known varieties of
bee and wasps:
Paper wasps are brown with orange stripes and construct a papery nest that
hangs from trees, bushes, window sills, under decks, awnings other structures.
Their nests can become quite large and can often be seen hanging high in the
branches of trees.
The European wasp, often called the yellow jacket wasp, is the largest paper
wasp and the only true hornet in the United States. Unlike paper wasps,
the European wasp builds it's nest in natural cavities, logs or stumps.
Yellow jackets typically build their nests underground in an abandoned rodent
burrow. You'll find yellow jackets strongly attracted to sugars and other
carbohydrates, such as soda, beer, and fruit that are often found at picnics.
Bald face hornets, a member of the yellow jacket family, are moderately large
and have white or yellowish markings between their eyes. Bald face hornet
nests are papery and can be up to 14" in diameter and over 24" long. The
nests are almost always constructed in an exposed area, such as hanging from
shrubs, trees, overhands, etc.
Honey bees are well known
for their honey producing ability but when they decide to take up residence in a
home or other structure they become a formidable problem. Honey bees are
diligent, tireless workers that can have colonies of 20-50,000 bees. Aside
from the obvious danger of bee stings, prolific honey bees can create very
complex problems for the home owner. When honey bees become established in
a wall, large amounts of wax and honey will undoubtedly collect in the
wall. As long as the bees are alive and doing their job of cooling the wax
that houses the nest, the honey stays intact. Once the colony is killed,
however, more severe problems arise. With no cooling factors, the wax
begins to melt, allowing the honey to escape the cells and be absorbed by the
porous walls resulting in unsightly and virtually permanent stains. Also,
there can be an odor caused by the dead bees as well as the possibility of other
insects being attracted to the honey and themselves infesting the nest.
Even thought honey bees when properly controlled are very beneficial, they can
become a serious pest when they infest human domains.
About Bee Control
- Swarming bees, wasps or hornets can be extremely dangerous and should
not be approached without adequate protective gear.
- Call a professional! In the long run, paying a professional to
eradicate the bees is cheaper than medical bills or lost lives.
- Call or
email us to request information or
to schedule an appointment for bee control.