Pest Library

Bees, Hornets, Wasps, Flies, Mosquitoes

Here is a list of common flying pests in the area to help you identify types of flies, bees, hornets and wasp, or mosquitoes that could be bugging you. If you need a pest control professional to exterminate, call 800-525-4825 or for Cape Cod 800-499-5866 for your FREE estimate today! For a location in the MA & NH areas near you, click here.

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  • yellow Yellow Jackets (Hornets) - Hornets and wasp look similar because hornets are a type of wasp. Yellow jackets, sometimes known as hornets, are short wasps that are black and yellow or white. All yellow jackets build paper nests that are completely surrounded by a paper envelope. Most yellow jackets nest underground. They often use burrows made by rodents or […]
  • paper Paper Wasp - Adults are about 5/8-3/4 inch long. They are usually brownish with yellow markings, and some have been known to have reddish markings. Paper wasps will hang their comb nests from branches, twigs and shrubs. Most often, if these nests are approached or tampered with they will sting.
  • fly House Fly - The house fly is the most common of all flies fluttering in homes, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects; it is often considered a pest that can carry serious diseases. Its eggs are laid in almost any moist and warm material such as manure, decaying vegetable material and garbage.
  • fruitfly Fruit Fly - Adults are about 1/8 inch in length and the color varies between tan, brownish, or brownish-black. The eyes are normally bright red. Fruit flies are drawn to fresh fruit and vegetables or where there is plenty of moisture and yeast.
  • euro_hornet European Hornet - They are about 5/8 to 3/4+ inch in length, the queens are generally a little larger. They are mostly black with a white pattern on most of the face, and a few white markings on their body. The inseminated queen uses chewed up wood fibers to build a paper nest. Eggs are laid in the […]
  • drainfly Drain Flies - Drain flies are a common, Major health hazard. These small insects closely resemble fruit flies and breed in the decaying organic matter typically found in “J” traps or floor and sink drains. Drain flies cannot be eliminated unless you remove their food source and egg laying environment.
  • carpenter_bee Carpenter Bees - In the late-spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. Although carpenter bees are […]
  • pollenia_rudis Cluster Flies (Pollenia Rudis) - Size: 5/16” long color: non-metallic, light & dark grey abdomen In the late fall, cluster flies will fly to the sunny sides of homes and other structures in search of protected sites to over-winter. They will migrate inside through cracks and crevices and as the temperature drops they will remain in a semi-dormant state until […]

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