Bees, Wasp & Hornet Control in Sunnyside

Stinging insects can threaten the health of your family and pets, when these pests show up, treating the harborage sites can greatly reduce their impact on the property. Most stinging insects are utilizing small wooden fibers to build intricate nest and brood their young. Treating wood can also greatly reduce populations as well as the attraction to forage in these places:

  • Clean Barbeque after each use

  • Empty the grease trap on barbeque after each use

  • Keep lid on garbage closed

  • Keep garbage away from your house

  • Keep all food scraps cleared up

  • Treat wooden fences

  • Remove nests from eves

Difference Between Honey Bees and Wasps

Wasps and honey bees can be mistaken for one another because both insects are capable of giving painful stings. While honey bees can attack when provoked, wasps are naturally and more aggressive predators. Identifying the difference between honey bees and wasps is important in order to administer proper treatment of wounds and appropriate pest control.

Wasps and honey bees are both members of the Hymenoptera order of insects. However, their physical bodies are different. Honey bees measure around 2.54 cm long. Some have entirely black bodies, while others are black or brown with orange or yellow striations. Honey bees are hairy, while wasps usually have smooth and shiny skin. Wasps are narrow-waisted, have four wings and may be brightly colored, with black and yellow patterns.

Wasps and bees also differ in lifestyle and habits. Honey bee colonies can have populations over 75,000, while wasps’ colonies tend to have fewer than 10,000 individuals. Queen wasps build a nest for their colony, while worker honey bees create and maintain hives. Unlike most wasps that hibernate during the winter season and build a new nest the following autumn, honey bees do not hibernate, as they live on food reserves and heat accumulated by thousands of workers. Wasp species cannot produce honey, but all species of honey bees are capable of producing and storing sizeable amounts of honey within their hives. While honey bees can sting only once and die after attacking, a single wasp is capable of stinging multiple times.

Safety Comes First

Wasps often build nests underneath the floors or eaves of houses and can be very dangerous to humans. Wasps will not hesitate to attack and sting people if they feel threatened, so it is vitally important to let professional pest control experts eliminate them from your house. However, getting rid of wasps or preventing wasps from becoming a problem in your home does not need to be an expensive, frustrating, or personally risky endeavor. Let Prosite Pest Control design a solution to protect you, your family, and your Ellensberg area home from these annoying and harmful pests.

Prosite will utilize our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system to tailor a long-term strategy to keep wasps from nesting in and around your home. IPM is designed to combine inspections, sanitation, and the use of biological, mechanical, and cultural controls to work for your specific needs. We will also remove wasps who have set up nests.

Prosite is the most competent and reliable pest control firm to meet your wasp control and prevention needs in the Ellensberg area. We have established and maintained a reputation for superior quality, value, and service. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. You can schedule an appointment via our website, www.prositepestcontrol.com/contact-us or by calling (877) 760-8834.

Prosite Pest Control is a family owned and operated company that serves Ellesnberg and the greater Kittitas County area. We service residential homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. We are proud members of the National Pest Management Association, the Cle Elum Roslyn Chamber of Commerce and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

Are wasps a problem in or around your Ellensberg area home? The professional staff at Prosite Pest Control of Cle Elum can prevent and eliminate wasps for you in a safe, timely, and economical manner.

Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees

Bees

While some bees are solitary, species such as honey bees and bumble bees are tremendously social. Bee colonies are comprised of three castes: the queen bee, infertile female worker bees and male drones. The queen mates and lays eggs for the span of her life. Honey bee queens can live up to five years, though most average a lifespan of two to three years. Male drones exist solely to fertilize the queen and die soon after having fulfilled their task. Female worker bees perform a multitude of tasks necessary to the survival of the hive. As a result of their constant laboring, their average life span is usually a mere six weeks.

Identification

Found globally, bees are winged insects of the order Hymenoptera, super-family Apoidea. There are more than 20,000 recorded bee species. Megachile pluto, the largest of these creatures, is reported to be 3.9 cm long, while Perdita minima, the most diminutive of bees, are shorter than 2 mm long. Bees can be black or brown with red, yellow or lustrous blue stripes.

Reproduction

All bees are hairy, a crucial trait for pollen collection. Flowers and flourishing vegetation often attract bees, and there is no insect as important as the bee when it comes to pollination. Many female bee species have rows of bristles on their hind legs which form a hollow basket. When the bee lands on a flower, pollen grains are combed into the hollow basket and bristles. Cross-pollination occurs when the displaced grains of pollen are distributed to the fertile pistils of other flowers as the bee alights upon them. Although only females are able to transfer pollen, all bees are able to sip the nectar from flowers using a tonguelike organ. This nectar is their primary source of energy. Pollen is sustenance for both adult and larval bees, as it contains protein and other nutrients necessary to their survival. Bees possess an organ that converts nectar into honey, which is collected, depending on the species, inside the hive or bee colony.

Bee Swarms

The most well-documented and encountered bee swarms are those of honey bees. Typically, honey bee swarms are not a major threat, unless when dealing with Africanized honey bees. The bees do not have a nest or young and, therefore, are less defensive. However, they will sting if provoked.

Bee swarming typically occurs in colonies that are thriving and with robust populations. Weak colonies of bees may not swarm until they become stronger and larger in population. Bee colonies may become weak due to starvation, disease or failing queens. Several factors can contribute to the occurrence of a swarm, such as seasonal changes and overcrowding.

Swarming involves a contingent of workers and a queen departing the original colony. The swarm typically gathers at a resting site, often in a tree, after leaving the colony. Scouts are sent to location a new location, such as in a log or other cavity. Once a suitable location is found, the swarm will relocate to the site and begin to nest.

Two kinds of bee swarms occur: primary and secondary. The queen bees lead primary swarms, which include a larger number of workers acting to protect the egg-laying queen. Secondary swarms are led by several virgin female bees and as a result, these swarms are half the size of the primary swarm and do not occur as often.

Control

While bees can benefit the environment in many ways, it is inconvenient and possibly dangerous to let a bee hive thrive near your home.

It is important to properly identify the particular species living near your home, as bees are often mistaken for wasps due to their similar physical characteristics. There are different elimination processes for wasps and bees, so effective treatment relies upon proper identification. When using any method of bee control, it is also necessary to know effective application strategies, as well as the limitations and dangers associated with each method. In many regions, special licenses are required to treat infestations.

The only way to rid your home of bees is to remove the hive entirely. This precarious task requires the correct tools and strategy. For safety and efficiency purposes, a pest control expert should be consulted before any bee control technique is attempted.

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Wasps

Wasps

Wasps often are beneficial to mankind. Several species are used by humans as parasites to control pests, such as in agriculture. Others are predators that help maintain insect populations. Others function as pollinators and help with plant fertilization.

There are many species of wasps that are important pollinators. However, taken as a group, wasps do pollinate, but are not as effective at pollinating as the bees. This is primarily because bees have hairier bodies than wasps, so pollen is more likely to stick to a bee’s body and be transported from one flower to another.

Identification

Appearance varies tremendously depending on species. Most have two pair of wings and a pinched waist. They range in colors from black to metallic greens and blues and vary in size from almost microscopic to several centimeters long.

Biology and Habits

Wasp species are categorized as social or solitary. As their name implies, social wasps live in colonies, which may number in the thousands. Within these colonies, female workers perform all duties within the nest. Solitary wasps live alone and therefore do not have a colony. They do lay eggs, but their eggs are left alone to hatch.

Some wasps are predatory, while others are parasitic. Predatory wasps kill and consume other insects as well as other animals which they often feed to their larvae. Parasitic wasps typically lay their eggs in the bodies of living creatures like caterpillars or spiders. The larvae feed on the still-living host. Wasps can assist in the management of other pests, particularly in agriculture as biological control agents. Many wasps also feed on nectar from flowers and therefore function as pollinators.

Some wasps are aggressive species and can sting when threatened. Unlike honey bees, wasps often are capable of stinging multiple times.

Reproductive Cycle

Late in the summer, the queen of some species will produce unfertilized eggs. These will develop into males. The males will fertilize the wasps that will become the queens of the following year. These fertilized females will overwinter in a sheltered location. In most cases, the rest of the colony will perish when winter comes. Next spring, the queen will start laying eggs. The fertilized eggs that they produce will become workers, building the nest and feeding the larvae produced by the queen.

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Hornets

Hornets

The general name hornet is frequently misused for just about any species of large, ferocious looking and stinging insect. To most people hornet is used to designate both the bald faced hornet and the european hornet, even though the european hornet is a true hornet and the bald faced hornet is actually in the same insect group as yellowjackets. Worldwide there is only about 20 species of true hornets, while only one true hornet, vespa crabo, is found in the united states. As its common name suggests, the european hornet is an introduced species to the u.s. from europe.

Identification

The adult european hornet is approximately 1-1.5 inches long and has two pairs of wings and six legs. Its head, thorax, first abdominal segment and legs are reddish-brown. The queen is the largest member of the hornet colony. European hornets are not as aggressive as baldfaced hornets, but will nevertheless sting if their colony is disturbed. European hornets tend to make their nests in secluded, aboveground locations such hollow trees, attics, porches and inside wall voids.

Dolichovespula maculata, the baldfaced hornet resembles a larger version of a common yellowjacket, except they have whitish-colored facial, thoracic, and abdominal markings. The queen is the largest member of the colony. Baldfaced hornets build their gray, rounded, paper-like nests above ground on tree branches, thick bushes, or in tree hollows.

Biology and Habits

Hornet nests are constructed with paper-like material produced by the hornets mixing their saliva together with the wood fibers they gather. During the time that nests are being built, it is common to see hornets scraping away a thin layer of wood from a wooden fence, an old log or the side of an unpainted wooden building. While hornets are known for their ability to inflict a painful sting, they are very beneficial predators and help to control a variety of insects that could otherwise become pests. Hornets are social insects and will aggressively defend their colony (nest) from any intruders. The hornet adult’s diet consists of insects and plant nectar they consume to augment their dietary needs.

Reproductive Behavior

Hornet colonies usually have an annual life cycle and the success of the colony depends upon the ability of hornet queens to survive the cold weather of winter. Fertile female hornet queens that have over-wintered in a protected site begin building new nests in the spring months. Her role at that time of year is also to begin laying eggs. As the eggs hatch and become the hornet grubs (larvae), the queen works to enlarge the nest, hunt for and capture insects that she feeds to the hornet larvae. In time, the larvae mature, go through a pupal stage and develop into the first generation of hornet adults. At this point, the queen ceases her work enlarging the nest and feeding the nest members so she can concentrate her efforts on laying eggs. The first and subsequent generations of hornet workers assume the role of nest builders, protectors and food gatherers for the remaining members of the colony.

Depending upon the region where the nest is located, about mid to late summer the queen begins to produce eggs that will hatch and develop into sexually mature adult male and female hornets. These fertile hornet adults will leave the nest, mate and the new fertile queens will become the overwintering queens that seek out protected locations to survive the cold winter conditions. The overwintering queens are the only members of the colony that survive the winter. Once the subsequent spring months arrive, these overwintering queens will emerge to begin building and populating a new nest in a new location.

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