We Eliminate Stinging Insect Problems – Bees, Wasps & More

Serving Westchester, Putam, Dutchess, Orange & Rockland Counties in NY & Fairfield County CT

CARPENTER BEES

Description:12mm to 25mm in length, they have bare shinny black abdomens. Males and females are differentiated by males having a bright yellow spot in the middle of their heads. Whereas females can sting if disturbed or threatened, males are aggressive but lack a stinger thus making them harmless.

Habits: They are not social insects like yellow jackets or honey bees. These bees bore holes into wooden structures about 9mm in diameter to 6in deep into the structure initially but with extended use these tunnels can become up to 10ft long . They also prefer soft woods like cedar or white pine for nesting and raising their young.

Treatment: Infested would should be removed and replaced with preservative-treated wood. Painted wood discourages these bees from boring into it. Untreated wood can be protected through the use of formulations. Different pesticides should be sprayed directly into the tunnels and left untouched for several days before filling the holes.

HONEY BEES

Description: Workers are 13mm to 16mm in size. The workers have fuzzy yellow-brown to black in color. The abdomen is stripped.Workers also have barbed stinger. Drones are about 16mm in length and serve to fertilize the queens. The queens are largest at 16mm to 19mm in length and are identical to the workers in appearance.

Habits: These bees are social insects living in hives of 20,000 to 80,000 workers. The workers collect pollen and nectar from plants, and also make honey. Workers help pollinate plants and flowers which helps them grow and produce fruits. All honey bees overwinter. While they a re not typically aggressive, if the hive is threatened, they will sting. Honey bees will swarm from 24t o 48 hours if the hive gets too large or the queen beings to fail.

Treatment: These bees are a protected species, therefore can not be killed. Removal of active nests is the next option for treatment. Removal of a honey bee colony can typically take several weeks for safe and effective removal.

MINER BEES

Description: Females are reddish to orange in color with black undersides. Males are slightly smaller and not as vibrant in color. Their bodies range from 14.5mm to 17mm in length. Their wings appear to be transparent but have a light or dusty brown color to them.

Habits: They emerge in the Spring from hibernation and are generally active 4 to 6 weeks of activity then they disappear for another year. They construct their nests underground, but above ground they create mounds that may resemble ant nests.

Treatment: Protective equipment should be worn when dealing with wasps. Best practice includes invading the nest at night when both the workers and queens are in the hive. Day time treatments are also effective by removing the nest and treating the nest attachment area with a residual application to ensure death of workers who come back to the nest. Watering the soil in the garden often helps to keep these bees away because they prefer dry soil over the moisture.

SOCIAL WASPS

Description: Yellow jackets typically range from 9.5mm 15mm in length. They have bright yellow and black pattern with a hairless body. The Baldfaced hornet is similar but it is black and white in color. These wasps range from 15mm to 19mm in length. Wasps have 4 wings that are short and clear to light brown in color and a long stinger.

Habits: Yellow jackets usually build their nests underground and in protected areas. Baldfaced hornets build their nests in trees and on buildings. Wasps are belligerent when it comes to protecting their nests. They are able to sting multiple times when they feel threatened. They typically overwinter inside structures, thus becoming an inconvenience to building owners.

Treatment: Protective equipment should be worn when dealing with wasps. Best practice includes invading the nest at night when both the workers and queens are in the hive. Day time treatments are also effective by removing the nest and treating the nest attachment area with a residual application to ensure death of workers who come back to the nest.