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Getting Control of Bees and Wasps

Ed Robinson | Posted on August 16, 2018

Swarm of bees on a wooden landing.

When we think of bees and wasps, many of us are instantly repelled. We remember the first time we were stung by one of these flying insects. But bees and wasps are important to the entire world. According to the BBC, bees pollinate plants and trees which produce fruit and the bees themselves produce honey. Wasps also pollinate and prey on pests that destroy plants and crops. The problem, of course, is that they are pests themselves and they can damage your home by forming nests and they can cause problems if they sting, particularly, if you’re allergic to them. If you have a bee or wasp infestation, you need Arrow Exterminating.

Arrow Can Help Get Rid of Flying Pests

If you’re trying to keep your home or business safe from flying insects or any other type of pest, Arrow can help. We’ll check over your property and identify whether or not you have an infestation. Then we’ll clean up the problem and help prevent it from recurring. We serve Nassau County and Suffolk County as well as the five boroughs of New York City. We know bees and wasps can be a problem at this time of year and we want to tell you about controlling them.

Problematic Bees and Wasps

According to the New York City Department of Health, (NYCDOH) the major threat to people in the area come from social bees. These are the bees that colonize and defend their nests. The other type of bees are solitary bees, which build nests. One very common bee is typically referred to as the honey bee because of their practice of hoarding honey. They sting and they can infest your home. You shouldn’t try to move honey bee hives from your property because some removal jobs require a special license. For honey bees, call Arrow and we will recommend a licensed bee keeper who can remove the honeycomb and safely relocate it.

Carpenter bees and bumble bees are both large insects. Bumble bees are hairy, while carpenter bees have a shiny black abdomen. Male carpenter bees have a yellow spot in the middle of their abdomen. They are aggressive but they do not sting. They drill perfectly round holes in wood about the size of a dime for nests and each hole must be treated individually because they move from nest to nest.

Wasps are also categorized as being social or solitary with the solitary wasps not likely to attack unless they are provoked. Among the common wasps you’ll find in the area are the paper wasp which are 3/4 to an inch in length, according to NYCDOH. They have a thin, spindle shaped abdomen. Paper wasps have several different colors including yellow, reddish-orange, brown or black. They aren’t aggressive but because they nest almost anywhere, they can get into buildings.

Yellow jackets are another common wasp and we’ll address them in more detail in a future post. They are about a half to 3/4 of an inch long with yellow bands on their abdomen. They are aggressive and they do sting. Arrow will use dust insecticide to destroy yellow jacket nests and seal openings in your home to stop them from coming back.

Arrow Will Keep You Safe From Stings

If you’re deathly afraid of stings or even if you’re not, flying insects like bees and wasps can create a big problem on your property. Arrow Exterminating can take care of that problem and keep you safe from dangerous pests. Contact us today.

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