We hate to break it to you, but summer is quickly coming to an end and that means fall is right around the corner. Recently one of our customers remarked about how bad the bees get in their neighborhood during autumn.
Why is that? Well, first of all, it is likely that what she has mistaken for aggressive bees is actually wasps. The way to tell the difference is that bees are hairy and wasps have smooth bodies. The life span of wasps is about one year. In late summer and early fall, the hive’s numbers begin to dwindle and the buzzers go in to hyper drive trying to feed the eggs that the queen has laid in the nest.
Wasps that typically feed on other pest insects change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. This may make wasps more aggressive scavengers especially when it comes to human food and drinks. And although bees feed on nectar and pollen from flowers they sometimes visit trash cans and soda containers to get a quick sugary fix.
While bees and wasps only sting if they feel threatened, you may not realize that you and your family playing in the yard is threatening your local wasp colony. Whereas a honey bee can only sting once, wasps and bumblebees can sting multiple times. If you are allergic to a sting, you will want to make sure to keep an epi pen close by. For most of us, a simple topical treatment of ice, vinegar, honey, meat tenderizer, or commercial ointment can relieve the pain and itching.
If you do find a nest or hive in your yard, the first step to controlling the bugs is to correctly identify what kind of wasp or bee you have. An experienced pest control service can help you identify and suggest proper ways to control the bugs. Bee populations are fragile at the moment so typically we call in experienced bee keepers to help remove bees from a property.
Let us know if you have any trouble with stinging insects this fall. Quik Kill Pest Eliminators can help you evaluate what type of pest you have and suggest how to have a sting free yard. Give us a call at 800-525-0505.