Bees, wasps and yellow jackets are a garden’s friend. They can be troublesome and may end up as a nuisance, especially if they create nests near your premises. But, do keep in mind that these insects provide a free service of pollination and a natural form of pest control that we should always acknowledge. The nest of bees, wasps and yellow jackets are all different. If you fear that you have them near your premises, here are some ways to know:
There are different types of bees that also creates different types of nests. The bumble bee for instance, create nests in dry, concealed cavities. They prefer to stay underground. However, they cannot dig and will mostly use unused burrows made by small rodents. They can also stay above the ground, but will also use abandoned bird nests, or dead dry leaves to create their nests. To start a nest, the queen will re-use dry grass or dry moss that was previously used by the old resident and create her wax cell. Her nest will be divided into different cells where she can incubate her eggs until the larvae hatch, cells to place the nectar or pollen, and cells for the storage of honeys. Finding a bumble bee nest can be quite rare, which is why it is recommended to just leave their nest alone .
Honeybees on the other hand, create natural beehives that are placed on hollowed out trees, cave, rock cavities, or they can be placed in man-made beehives. They also have the same concept of creation of hives wherein they will create hexagonal cells that are made of beeswax or honeycomb. These cells are also used to store their honey and pollen, and incubator for the eggs. If nests are found near a home, and want it removed, get in touch with a beekeeper in your area to place these bees in a more secured location.
Wasps commonly create their nest with the use of wood fibers that they are going to chew and mix them up with their own salivary secretions. Their umbrella-shaped nest is commonly found under eaves and ledges. Getting rid of the nest will require proper time. In the beginning stages of their nests, wasps can be advantageous to your garden since they will help you get rid of aphids. However, during the late summer, wasps will be more aggressive as they may not have a lot of food to eat and their nest and their population have grown bigger. Remove their nests before the summer ends or even earlier than that to avoid getting attacked by them. It is not advisable to do the removal of wasps nests yourself. Make sure to call a pest management service for this job.
Yellow Jacket Nest
Just like wasps, yellow jackets create their nests from a papery paste that they chew up. They will mix their saliva and the wood fiber together to create that papery pulp that will become their nest. Their nest is made up of piled tiers in a circled comb. They create aerial nests that can easily be seen or identified. They also have an umbrella-shaped cone with a hole in the middle of it. These nests can be found during the summer. If you have found a yellow jacket’s nest, decide whether to just leave them be or get rid of them. Keep in mind that yellow jacket nests will also die during winter, which you could permanently destroy during that time. However, if their nests become a threat to you and your household, you can remove the nest yourself or call a pest management service to properly get rid of these yellow jackets for you.
Horizon Pest Control provides service in the removal and management of bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. Handling these flying insects are not for everyone since they require great handling, care, proper management and tools to effectively and safely remove them. If you want to know more about our Bee Removal and Management, call us and schedule an appointment now.