Bee & Wasp Control In Wheaton, MD

Bees and wasps may resemble each other, but they are not the same. They do have something in common: their sting hurts. There is almost nothing that can ruin an outdoor party as quickly as discovering that they have nests in your yard.

Understanding the Difference

Stinging insects fly so rapidly and dart about so quickly that it is often difficult to tell one from another. However, their habits and habitat can help you tell them apart.

Honey Bees

While pollinating flowers that decorate your yard, honey bees are on a mission to find nectar to feed their colony and their queen. The female worker bee is the only one who can sting, and she does so as a defensive mechanism when you get too close to her hive. She sacrifices her life when she stings you because part of her body remains with the stinger that she sticks in your skin. However, her venom is not only painful but dangerous to anyone who is allergic to it. In some cases, it can create a severe reaction.


As protective of their homes as bees are, wasps often build their nests in the areas that you like to enjoy for relaxing or entertaining friends. Their venom is more toxic and painful than that of bees, and they do not die after a single sting.

Yellow jackets build enclosed nests underground, and a slightly depressed and spongy area in your yard may identify a location. Any disturbance of the nest can release a horde of yellow jackets, and each one can make multiple stings. The University of Maryland states that yellow jackets are the most common stinging insect because of their vast numbers, their tendency to locate near buildings and their preference for the food at your picnics. An open can of soda may contain one taking a sip of the sugary liquid.

Hornets hang a nest from a tree or attach it underneath an overhang that provides protection. A vine-covered fence or a hedge that is close to your patio may contain a nest, and just touching the greenery can result in a sting. An accidental blow from a lawn mower or pole saw can release a torrent of vicious, stinging insects.

Establishing Colonies

The queen reigns supreme in bee and wasp nests, and she affects the life of the current and future settlements. When a queen bee is too old to continue producing offspring, the colony divides in half to allow a new leader to create another nest. A wasp queen starts a new hive to house her eggs, and both species usually make a fresh start with a new home in the spring. The nests flourish during the warm Maryland months and then degrade in winter.

Taking Action

The Wheaton area has many types of stinging insects, but not all of them are harmful. Bees are important to the environment, and some wasps help eliminate other insects. We can identify and eradicate the nests of aggressive, hostile pests and relocate bee hives that are too close to your residence. At Capitol, we conduct a free inspection to detect any insect infestation on your property, and then we develop an efficient method to control it. Call Capitol for all of your bee and wasp control needs.

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