Wasps and bees are often referred to collectively as “bees”, though they are very different insects. Both are beneficial to humans, but both are also nuisances and, for some people, can cause death. When these insects move in and begin to nest in and around your home, it’s time to call the professionals.
First, know what you’re facing. Bees are fat and furry. Honey bees pollinate 80% our crops and gardens by dragging pollen around on their flat hind legs. Bumblebees pollinate native prairie plants. They only feed on nectar and pollen from flowers, though they can also be found in trash cans that contain sugary soft-drinks. They like the sugary foods.
Honeybee colonies nest in honeycombs they make of wax, but can occasionally be found in cavities in large trees, holes in walls, and other areas protected from elements and predators. Bumblebees also live in waxy honeycombs they create in old abandoned rodent burrows, holes in buildings, and other protected areas.
Wasps are yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps. They chew the wood of their chosen home and mix it with saliva to make a paper pulp from which they create a nest.
Yellowjacket nests are usually below ground. Like Bumblebees, they take over abandoned rodent burrows. They also like cavities in walls or along the outside of the wall, especially under the eaves. They’ll even build a nest in the inner branches of trees and shrubs.
Paper wasps build their nests under horizontal surfaces such as tree limbs and eaves outside, or in attics, barns and similar structures on the underside of beams.
Dealing with the problem
Once you know what you’re dealing with and where the colonies are, you should give us a call. If you are uncomfortable with trying to figure out what type of bee or wasp you are dealing with, don’t be afraid to call us. Dealing with them yourself can be dangerous. Our highly trained technicians can take care of the work for you. They are trained for the job, so they are more likely to be able to do the job safely and thoroughly.