Potomac, MD, Bee & Wasp Control Services

Bees and wasps that inflict painful stings are common in Potomac, Maryland. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you’re bound to encounter these stinging insects. It only takes one small move to unleash the fury of venomous wasps or angry bees. Workers may zoom out of the ground or fly out of concealed nests. The slightest disturbance can provoke an army of hornets that are ready to sting.

Potomac Bee and Wasp Behavior

Social wasps pose the greatest risk for stinging in groups, and yellowjackets are the most infamous of these. They are highly aggressive, and they have large colonies. Contact with yellowjackets is common because they are attracted to food, garbage, pet feces and nectar from landscape plants. Furthermore, they can sting repeatedly.

The Lifecycle

Suburban neighborhoods in Potomac are prime targets for bee and wasp colonies. Food sources and sheltered nesting sites abound in these areas. Just one fertile wasp can begin an infestation. In Maryland, a queen can easily survive the winter. After a few months of hibernation, she’ll build a new nest and lay eggs that will become workers. Nests might pop up in your shed or in your attic. At preferred sites, this can happen year after year. That’s why our pest management professionals often recommend sealing access points after active nests have been removed.

Identifying Bees in Potomac

If you have noticed insect nests on your property or have seen activity in your yard, you probably know whether you’re dealing with bees or wasps. Here are a few features that can help you safely identify the pests.

Bees are usually less than an inch long. Their dark bodies generally have patches of fuzzy hair. Honeybees, bumblebees and carpenter bees visit flowers during the day. Bees can live underground or in honeycombs. Carpenter bees bore out perfectly round nests in solid wood, so they sometimes damage homes and wooden structures.

Identifying Wasps in Potomac

Wasps and hornets have very diverse nesting habits. Some digger wasps and mud daubers build earthen nests. These wasps aren’t as aggressive as paper wasps or yellowjackets. If you have a problem with these aggressive pests, you will probably see papery nests with geometric cells that are fully visible. Hornets, which are even larger than wasps, build fully enclosed paper nests shaped like a balloon. Wasps and hornets have very narrow waists and shiny bodies with little or no hair. Coloration varies widely between species and may include combinations of brown, black, yellow or white.

If you have seen any kind of bee or wasp activity, have our experts assess the problem and remove the nest. Every year, 434,700 people receive emergency medical treatment for insect stings. Don’t attempt to remove a nest without the proper equipment and protection. Have our professionals do the job instead. Call 240-455-5179 to request a free quote. Capitol Pest has served residents of Potomac since 1936.