Colonial Pest Control has been providing the New England area with expert bee exterminator and wasp control services since 1984. Our service team consists of highly trained and experienced technicians who employ highly effective, low impact, low toxicity methods to take care of your bee and wasp problem!
Bees and wasps are insects that are closely related to ants and belong to the order hymenoptera. They are found on every continent except for Antarctica and are usually considered beneficial insects until they begin to inhabit areas frequented by humans. Because of their ability to sting, they then become classified as pests. Control of these insects can be quite difficult and it is best to call on the expertise of an established bee exterminator and wasp control company if your family is threatened by these insects living in or around your home. Even though bees and social wasps live in colonies with a hierarchy ruled by queens and maintained by “workers”, they do not look the same and in many cases have very different behavioral traits. It is important to determine exactly which insects they are, as the methods used to control them will differ.
Bees and wasps are beneficial to the environment, but for different reasons. Bees are mostly recognized for their importance in pollinating flowering plants. It is estimated that bees are responsible for more than 80% of the pollination that is required for the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowering trees and ornamental plants. They spend the majority of their time gathering pollen or nectar, especially if they are social species. Wasps are important due to the fact that they are predatory insects that help control bugs that are considered pests, such as flies, spiders, caterpillars and crickets. Parasitic wasps are used increasingly by farmers in “natural” agricultural pest control, usually as an alternative to chemicals.
Bees are thicker bodied and are “hairy” compared to wasps, which have a more slender body with a very narrow waist and appear smooth and shiny. Their feeding habits differ, as well. Bees will feed only on pollen, which is a source of protein, and nectar, which is a source of carbohydrate. Both of these come from flowers. Wasps have a different preference, and feed other insects to their young that develop inside the nest. Later in the summer they become more interested in gathering carbohydrates such as sweets. Bees and wasps can become very aggressive as they scavenge for food, sometimes near humans when food and drinks are served outdoors. If encounters with these stinging insects are frequent, or you notice nests nearby, you should understand that as the spring and summer progress, the problem is likely to get worse as the larvae hatch into adults. Before this turns into a serious problem, contact an experienced bee exterminator and wasp control company.
Bees and wasps (yellow jackets and hornets are wasps) use their ability to sting to defend their colony or themselves. When a bee or wasp stings, it injects a protein venom which can be very painful and cause other reactions, such as more serious allergic reactions which can range from a rash and hives to massive swelling, respiratory distress and headaches. A more serious and systemic reaction may cause anaphylactic shock which can be a life threatening allergic reaction requiring immediate medical care. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, blockage of the throat and fainting, usually within minutes of the sting. As these insects are so beneficial to the environment, it is only when they become a danger to humans and pets that you should call an experienced pest control company which provides wasp control and bee exterminator services.
Read more about wasp control on our blog:
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- First Aid for Bee and Wasp Stings
- Bee or Wasp Nests Can Be the Source of Carpet Beetles
- Paper Wasps with an Attitude!
- Wasps Indoor in Winter? What Gives?
- Cicada Killer Wasps Are Really Just “PussyCats!”
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