Midlands Bee, Hornet & Wasp Control
Flying & Buzzing & Stinging – Oh My!
Stings and bites are a common experience during encounters between humans and insects. A sting differs from a bite mainly in the insect's intent. Flying insects, such as wasps and bees, use stings as a defense, while mosquitoes and horseflies bite in order to feed.
Local irritation and other mild allergic reactions to insect stings are not uncommon. However, around 3 percent of adults and 0.5 percent of children experience full-blown allergies leading to anaphylaxis. This can be very dangerous and even fatal in severe situations.
Handy Identification Guide
Not the teenagers who attend Irmo High School but the flying, stinging insect. Yellow jackets are actually wasps. A typical yellow jacket worker is about 1/2-inch long, with alternating bands on the abdomen. Yellow jacket venom, like most bee and wasp venoms, is primarily only dangerous to humans if allergic, unless a victim is stung many times. Yellow jackets build nests in trees, shrubs or in protected places, such as inside man-made structures (attics, hollow walls or flooring, in sheds, under porches, under home siding and eaves of houses) or in soil cavities, mouse burrows, etc. They build them from wood fiber they chew into a paper-like pulp.
Mud daubers are also known as "dirt daubers," "dirt diggers," "dirt dobbers," "dirt divers" and "mud wasps." These are names commonly applied to a number of wasps that build their nests from mud. Like most other wasps, mud daubers are predators. The females not only build the nests, but also hunt to provide for them. Adults of both sexes frequently drink flower nectar, but they stock their nests with spiders, which serve as food for their offspring. Instead of stocking a nest cell with one or two large spiders, mud daubers cram as many as two dozen small spiders into a nest cell. They appear to know exactly what they are hunting for and where to find it.
Carpenter bees are rather large bees. Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo or structural timbers. Carpenter bees are traditionally considered solitary bees. Carpenter bees make nests by tunneling into wood, vibrating their bodies as they rasp their mandibles against the wood. The entrance is often a perfectly circular hole measuring about 16 mm on the underside of a beam, bench, or tree limb. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter bees do not actually eat wood. But they can cause a lot of damage to houses, decks, garages and attics.
Hornets have stingers used to kill prey and defend hives. Hornet stings are more painful to humans than typical wasp stings because their venom contains a large amount (5 percent) of acetylcholine. Individual hornets can sting multiple times; unlike typical bees, hornets and wasps do not die after stinging because their stingers are not barbed and are not pulled out of their bodies. Hornets, like many social wasps, can mobilize the entire nest to sting in defense, which is highly dangerous to animals and humans. The hornet attack pheromone is released in case of threat to the nest and to mark prey, such as bees or other insects.
Great caution should be utilized when approaching a known flying, stinging insect nest. It is better to leave the elimination of such insects to the professionals. Bugman Pest Elimination has the experience and expertise to handle the situation. Our full arsenal of tools and supplies will enable us to safely eliminate these potentially harmful pests from your yard or home.Call Bugman Pest Elimination at 803-951-3111 to request service for your Midlands area home!