Category: Bees, Hornets & Wasps

First aid for stings

Wash the site with soap and water. Remove the stinger using gauze wiped over the area or by scraping a fingernail over the area. Never squeeze the stinger or use tweezers. Apply ice to reduce swelling. Do not scratch the sting, as this may increase swelling, itching and risk of... more
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Fall may bring more aggressive hornets and wasps

Depending on where you live, you may notice a bit more aggression from hornets and wasps these days. This is due to the change in season and the life cycle of the insects and their nests, experts say. Crowding and a diminishing food supply could cause wasps to be more aggressive to anyone that... more
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Fall Paper Wasps Prevention

The good thing for those who encounter a paper wasp inside the home during the winter months is that the pests are usually sluggish and can be easily removed. However, if a large population is discovered, it’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional for safe removal. While not an... more
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Stinging insects are a painful nuisance

Stinging insects such as various types of wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and bees, are common summer and early fall pests and their stings can be more than just a painful nuisance. The National Pest Management Association reports that stinging insects send more than half a million people to the... more
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Yellow Jacket and Wasp Nests

Yellow jacket and wasps aren't particularly fussy when it comes to finding a spot to settle down and build their new home. All they need is somewhere dry, safe and structurally sound enough to support a nest. They will settle anywhere, with some species preferring hollow trees, rock crevices... more
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Yellow jacket Habits, Habitat, Threats

Habits Yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. Yellow jackets feed on sweets and proteins, and therefore these pests commonly invade outdoor... more
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Yellow jacket Prevention

Looking to get rid of yellow jackets? Call a pest professional if you suspect yellow jacket activity on the property. Because of their tendency to sting when threatened, yellow jacket control requires specialized equipment and safety precautions. Homeowners should remove garbage frequently,... more
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Avoiding Wasp and Hornet Stings

Social wasps and hornets, on the other hand, can be extremely aggressive if you threaten their lives or their nests. Often, they'll swarm intruders and deliver multiple stings. Swatting at wasps is, shall we say, a bad idea. Doing so triggers the insect to release pheromones alerting other wasps to... more
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Wasps vs. Hornets

Many of us use the words hornet and wasp interchangeably, but that's a vast over generalization that does a disservice to these winged creatures. Understanding the differences between hornets and wasps might help you to make better pest control decisions, prevent you from killing beneficial... more
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What Attracts Yellow Jackets to Beehives?

Dwindling food resources in the environment make yellow jackets invade beehives. The smell of honey is a great attractant for these insects. Pheromones produced by bees may also give away the location of a beehive to yellow jacket wasps. Make sure to clear dead bees from near your beehive. They... more
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