To Bee, or not to Bee… Bee Control – A Guide

It’s summertime, and summertime means bees and bee control! Today we’re going to be talking about a couple of bee species and how Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control handles them. 

To Bee, or not to Bee… Bee Control – A Guide

Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are are probably the most common stinging pest thatbee control we deal with during the summer time. They like to build their nests under the eaves of houses making them a real pain in the neck (pun intended). Often times as we have discussed in other blog posts, when we are dealing with ants and roaches we like to use a non-repellent spray to help prevent budding. Not the case with wasps or bees. You need a repellent with a good knock-down. Why, you ask? Because if you spray them with a non-repellent which takes time to kill you are most likely going to get stung….. possibly multiple times. When in doubt, call in a professional. Bee and wasp stings can cause serious consequences to ones health when stung multiple times or when an allergic reaction occurs.

Yellow Jackets

The yellow jacket is one nasty bee! I’m sure we all would agree with that, however, if you want to get technical about it, the yellow jacket is actually a wasp. The specific yellow jacket species that we’ll be talking about today is the distinctive yellow and black wasps that tend to make their nests in the ground(We’ll save the common paper wasps for another time), the southern yellow jacket.

Back in the 1990’s I had a small lawn care business and had to mow a lawn which had not been properly maintained. The grass was about knee-high. I didn’t see the yellow jacket hole before I mowed over it but they let me know they were there. Luckily, I didn’t get stung too badly, but I asked my new client if her children were getting stung while they were playing in the yard. She replied that they had indeed been getting stung but she didn’t know where the bees were coming from. I replied that I had stumbled upon the nest. I told here I would be back in the evening when the sun went down and take care of the nest for her, and that was my very first experience with pest control.

That’s the way Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control handles yellow jacket nests today as well. We have to wait until evening, when the sun goes down and the yellow jackets have all returned to their nest and are asleep. One still must proceed with extreme caution because if you shine a flashlight directly into the hole after dark, there is a chance that they will still come at you. Then we’ll hit them with a product with a fast knockdown. One treatment is usually all that it takes. Do note however, the yellow jacket nesting sites are not limited to holes in the ground.  I’ve encountered nests in thick bushes. Those can be tricky. It always important to have the best idea where exactly the yellow jackets nest is. Missing your target can result is a painful, sometimes life-threatening error.

So, one thing you want to remember in the case of yellow jackets is to keep your lawn mowed and properly maintained. Sometimes they will make nests regardless of the precautions you take. We also do not recommend that you try to solve this problem by yourself because it could be very dangerous. It’s best to bring a professional in who will come back in the evening so that the greatest change of control is achieved. The area should be scouted out first during the day to know where the nest is, so time isn’t spent searching for the next after the sun goes down,  and it can be overlooked. Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control would be happy to help solve your problem with yellow jackets.

Honey Bees

The honey bee is the most vital insect of our ecosystem. They are protected by law and this is how issues with honey bees are handled. As a pest control company, Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control will occasionally receive phone calls from our current or potential clients that they are dealing with an infestation of honey bees. While we are always glad to provide any service we can, unfortunately when it comes to honey bees our hands are tied due to legal issues. This is because they are now protected by law due to their great importance, yet declining numbers over the past years.

What makes the honey bee so important? This insect is important because workers pollinate eighty percent of our flowering crops which constitute one-third of everything we eat. Over the last fifty years, their numbers have been steadily declining, and it’s a mystery as to why this is happening. The loss of the honey bee could effect dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, as well as posing a threat to the beef and dairy industries when alfalfa is no longer available for feed. If the honeybee is to disappear, it could potentially reduce mankind to a limited bread and water diet. Now, you can understand why the honey bee is so under appreciated, and so vital to our existence, and why the government would file them under a protected status.

wasp control

Now, what will happen if you end up with a colony in your home? First we must make the distinction that Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control does treat for other bee pests such as wasps, yellow jackets, and the like, but for the honey bee specifically, you must contact a honey bee removal service. This company is specially licensed and can legally remove the honey bee nest from your home or specific area where the problem may pose a threat to humans. They will remove the honey bee colony alive, usually through a fake honey comb trap, and then relocate them with bee keepers.

Although it may be frustrating to the home owner, these are the steps that must be taken when such a situation takes place. It is important to remember in these times how vital these insects are to us and our way of life. It is also important to remember that these bees are usually not aggressive, since a single sting that they inflict will put an end to their life. Usually you would have to be a direct threat to them or their nest before they will resort to stinging. Of course, the exception to this would be the Africanized version, known as the killer bee which can be much more aggressive and even deadly. Luckily the Africanized version is still somewhat uncommon in our part of Florida.

common pests

To Bee, or not to Bee… Bee Control – A Guide