Bee and Wasp Control Herndon, VA
Bees and wasps can be a nuisance for anyone looking to have fun out in the backyard, and in some cases, they’ll get aggressive. It’s important to distinguish between the two, however, and the different dangers that they pose.
Honeybees and Bumblebees
Bees are pollinators and may have come to your property because of flowers in your garden. Honeybees are thin, with a sharp tip and clear but usually dirty-colored yellow and black stripes on their abdomen. Bumblebees are fat and furry, with more obscure stripes and a rounded abdomen.
Honeybees will build their hive in a tree, though if you’re not careful they may enter a wall cavity or the attic. Their nests are quickly be identified by their hexagonal combs for storing honey. Bumblebees, on the other hand, swarm in a variety of areas, including trees, tall grasses, and vacated rodent holes, and their nests don’t appear to have any organization to them.
Both types of bees sting when provoked: the honeybee once because the stinger is barbed, and the bumblebee as many times as it pleases. A bee sting will swell and itch, and those with an allergy to the venom can develop anaphylactic shock, characterized by hives, swelling of the tongue and throat, and difficulty breathing. It would be especially bad if you stepped on a bumblebee nest because these don’t see as much “traffic” as honeybee nests and are thus harder to spot. Bumblebee nests die out within a few months, but honeybees don’t hibernate; they remain in their nests and feed on stored food.
The Three Wasps
What we’re most familiar with are the three social wasps: paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornet. Unlike bees, wasps are naturally aggressive and will sting to keep you away. Their main food being other insects like caterpillars, flies, and spiders, they don’t store as much honey as honeybees but do benefit the environment. Yellowjackets do have an annoying habit of taking people’s food, though. In appearance, wasps are more elongated, with clear divisions between their head, torso, and abdomen and much more prominent yellow and black stripes. One exception is the bald-faced hornet, with its black body and its white mask-like face.
Their nests have a distinctly gray, papery appearance; that’s because they really are made of wood pulp. Paper wasps make one that looks like an upside-down umbrella, and hornets shape theirs like a football. Yellowjackets tend to nest underground. Like bumblebee nests, wasp nests don’t survive the winter, though the queen will live to migrate somewhere else.
Removing These Pests
Every pest control company knows that exterminating bees and wasps should never be considered save as a last resort. If wasps have nested under your eaves or bumblebees are under your shed, then our team will carefully remove them. We’ll wear the proper safety gear and bring a special container to transfer the hive, and afterwards we’ll spray the infested area to remove the pheromones, which could otherwise encourage other bees and wasps to settle down there.
Call Capitol Pest Control today for service anywhere in the Herndon area! We’ve been around since 1936, and we stay updated on bee and wasp control techniques. You’ll be able to approve a free quote before we start any work.