BEES AND WASPS
Stinging Insect Pest Control
Absolute Pest Control exterminates any type of stinging insect. Wasps, bees and other stinging insect nests are a serious health concern around the home. Successful elimination of stinging pests requires proper identification of the bees, hornets or wasps that have infested your property. Unlike a bee’s barbed stinger, wasps have a smooth stinger which allows them to sting many times when they feel threatened. Don't take the chance of upsetting a stinging insect nest, you may be stung multiple times!
Stinging insects rarely reuse the same nest year after year. Homeowners often self-treat and then seal up exterior entry points that stinging pests use for their nests. Once trapped, the nest of bees, hornets and wasps find alternate ways of exiting the treated area. You don't want hundreds of irritated stinging pests trapped inside a wall with nowhere to go but inside the home!
Stinging pest extermination starts with a state licensed pest control technician providing a full inspection of your property. During the inspection, we'll point out potential problem areas around the structure. Once the source of your wasp problem has been identified, we'll create a customized wasp treatment plan, using the most effective and environmentally-conscious extermination solutions available. Instead of battling stinging insects on your own, call us for a FREE estimate on your stinging insect problem.
Stinging pests in Ohio
There are many species of stinging insects that range from the beneficial Honeybee and parasitic wasp, to the invasive European paper wasp. Some of the primary species found by ABSOLUTE PEST are:
BALD FACED HORNETS
Workers are about 5/8-3/4+ in (15-20+ mm) or more long; queens are 3/4+ in (20+ mm) long. They build paper enclosed, gray, aerial nests. The Bald Faced hornet is mostly black with a characteristic white pattern over most of its face, hence its common name, “Bald Faced.” Bald Faced hornet nests can be found in nearby trees, chimneys, under eaves, or nesting behind siding, in barns, attics and other structures.
Adults are about 1/2 to 1 in (12.5-25 mm) long and robust. Because of their size, carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumble bees. When properly identified, carpenter bees can be distinguished by their shiny, black abdomen and helicopter or “hovering” flight pattern. The adult female carpenter bee will use her chewing mouthparts to bore holes into wood (about the diameter of a dime) where she will turn to the grain and create a chamber approximately 5-8 inches long in which to lay her eggs.
EUROPEAN PAPER WASPS
European paper wasp adults rather small at about 15 mm long. The European paper wasp is commonly mistaken for the yellowjacket, as both appear black in color with yellow markings (like stripes) on the body. A distinguishing characteristic of the paper wasp is its thin, noticeably pinched “waist” and upside-down, umbrella shaped nest. Paper wasp nests may be found under eaves, behind attic gable vents, inside exterior lights, charcoal or gas grills, and other enclosed areas. At rest, the paper wasp will hold its wings above the body at an approximate 45 degree angle.
Adult workers are 3/8-5/8 in (10-16 mm) long, depending on species; queens are 25% longer. Yellow jackets are generally black in color with yellow markings on the body. Yellow Jackets prefer to nest in the ground, making a paper-carton nest with multiple layers and hundreds of individual cells. The nest eventually has 30-55 compartments surrounded by a paper wall. They can also be found nesting in attics, behind walls, inside hollow trees, barns, in retaining walls and other landscape. At rest, the yellow jacket’s wings are folded lengthwise along the body.
Without the trained eye of an Absolute Pest professional, it may be difficult to identify which species of bee, wasp, or hornet you are dealing with. Once the stinging insect is properly identified, an appropriate treatment solution can be customized depending upon the nest location, species, and other environmental or structural concerns. We Guarantee this until December 31st as anything after that is a new season and new nests.