Category: Bees, Hornets & Wasps

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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Yellow Jacket Stings & Avoiding Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are aggressive and its sting is usually painful. But some people can suffer severe allergic reactions. Prevent wasp stings by avoiding them or by removing sources of food. Allergic reactions to yellow jacket bites include dizziness, nausea, stomach cramps, digestive problems,... more
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Buzzing Facts about Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are wasps 1/2 to 1 inch long and have yellow and black stripes. They are aggressive. Their sting is usually painful and mildly injurious. Although, they are not very dangerous, but significant precaution should be taken when you see one. Here are some worth knowing interesting... more
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Wasps Thrive in Late Summer and Autumn

Wasps are Back by (Un)Popular Demand For some, the end of summer may mean the end of flip-flops and lazy days by the pool, but it certainly does not signal the end of wasp season. In fact, at this point in the season, wasp populations are reaching their largest numbers, having had the entire... more
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5 Tips to Enjoy a Pest-Free Backyard BBQ

With the welcome arrival of long sunny days, people across the country will be gathering outdoors to partake in summertime fun. However, nothing ruins a backyard barbecue like pests! Apply an Insect Repellent Most mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if planning a barbecue before... more
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Stinging Insects — Control Tips

If you or someone else has been stung and are allergic or sensitive to stings, call your healthcare provider right away. Identify your pest! Beneficial insects and unwanted species may look similar. Monitor for nest-building insects. Inspect trees, open structures, eaves, soffits, and... more
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Bees & Wasps — Nests in Undesirable Places

You may come across a bee or wasp nest in a building or on the ground. Paper wasps usually build their nests high enough on buildings that they’re not problematic; yellow jackets, on the other hand, may enter buildings through openings under shingles or siding to construct their nest in the... more
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Pesticide Use Around Pets

People often use pesticides in their homes or yards to control a variety of pests such as insects, weeds and rodents. Pet owners may also apply pesticide products directly to their pets to control ticks and/or fleas. Although these pesticides can be beneficial, they have the potential to hurt... more
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Hornets and Yellow Jackets — What’s the Buzz

Hornet The most common hornet species is the bald-faced hornet (D. maculata), which is stout-bodied and marked with dark and white striping. Stings from hornets usually occur when nests are disturbed. Yellow Jacket Yellow jackets (Vespula spp.) are banded yellow or orange and black and... more
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