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An Exotic Type Of Bee Produces A Miraculous Honey That Can Save Lives

Filed under: Bee Removal,Bee Removal & Management,New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:51 am August 9, 2017

An Exotic Type Of Bee Produces A Miraculous Honey That Can Save LivesNew Jersey bee Removal

Here in America, a sore throat can be treated with a bit of Robitussin. Blood sugar disorders can be treated with insulin. Inflammation can be treated with aspirin. Open flesh wounds can be treated with topical antibiotics, and brain tumors can be treated with radiation therapy. Many people assume that western medical treatments, such as the few listed above, are the most effective treatments ever developed. There may be a few downsides to western medicine. Radiation therapy, for example, comes with risks and terrible side effects, but such effects would certainly be worth tolerating if it meant eventually destroying a brain tumor. However, some health care professionals working in Malaysia may disagree. Many Malaysian doctors believe that, thanks to one type of insect, one particular substance can successfully treat all of the above listed medical conditions. A bee that is native to Malaysia may be able to produce the most significant and versatile therapeutic substance known to mankind, and it’s honey, of course. The Apis dorsata species of honeybee produces honey that even hard science has shown to be medically valuable. The only catch is that this miracle honey is not easy to obtain.

The honey has been named Tualang honey after the tall trees where it is produced and obtained. These trees reach heights that measure just below three hundred feet, and they are located within dense forests that can be a challenge to navigate. During the early spring the Apis dorsata honey bees build peculiar looking honeycombs on the highest branches of these trees. These honey bees become aggressive when they learn that others are trying to snatch their honey. These honeybees are also the largest honeybees in the world. So obtaining this unique honey is not easy, and those who do risk their lives for it, will charge a high price for parting ways with the prized honey.

Studies have shown that this honey possesses phytochemicals that combat the growth of tumors. The honey is also rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial compounds, anti-inflammatory chemicals, and it can greatly benefit cardiovascular health. The honey can be ingested to fight various illnesses, and it can be used as a topical substance to prevent wounds from becoming infected. The honey stabilizes blood sugar, and it can even lower blood pressure. The honey is used most often by Malaysians and citizens of nearby countries, such as New Zealand.

Do you believe that further studies will reveal these above claims to be exaggerated?

 

 

 

How Do Insects Influence The Economy? | Bee Removal Experts

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 10:20 am June 9, 2017

How Do Insects Influence The Economy? Bee Removal Expertsbee

Ever since bumblebee populations started to decline sharply a few years ago, there has been a lot of attention paid to how much work insects perform for humans. Many panicking CEOs scrambled to get an estimate on how much money would be lost if bumblebees were not around to pollinate crops. Without bees there would easily be billions of dollars lost. But bees are not the only insects that have an effect on the economy.

Insects are also an important food source for billions of people and animals worldwide. North American fisheries would go under since freshwater species subsist off of flies and other insects. The fishing industry is a twenty eight billion dollar industry, and this industry relies on insects for basically everything.

Even dung beetles, despite being just one type of insect, would crash the economy. This is because dung beetles move livestock feces off of farmland. If there were no dung beetles around to perform this service, the feces would fester on the land, and that would attract a multitude of pests. There would also be less land available for foraging livestock. Without dung beetles, land for grazing cattle could become unusable over time.

If bumblebees were to disappear, even if it was just a few species, the state of the economy would not be the only concern. Entire ecosystems would be destroyed along with much of the animal life living within such ecosystems. The loss of pollination alone would tank the economy and put some of the wealthiest people in the world into billions of dollars in debt.

Entomologist John Losey of Cornell University, and his colleague Mace Vaughan estimated how much money would be lost if insects disappeared. The two researchers considered four different factors. The factors involved pollinating plants, controlling pests, serving as food for wildlife and processing cattle dung. When these four different factors are taken into account, the conservative estimate as to how much money would be lost hovers at around fifty seven billion dollars. Researchers are still learning about all of the different ways that insects help humans survive.

Do you think that declining bee populations constitute a legitimate worry?

Carpenter Bees: Friend or Foe | New Jersey Bee Removal Experts

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:17 pm January 9, 2017

Many people are on the fence about whether carpenter bees are our friends or foes. Let’s face it. They do some pretty annoying stuff like drill holes in wooden structures such as fence posts or tree limbs and will sometimes pierce the corolla of a flower in order to get that sweet nectar without actually helping in the pollination process. It’s understandable that people might not be terribly fond of these guys.

However, despite their sometimes bad behavior, these bees are still very important to our eco system. While they do sometimes rob flowers of their nectar, they are still important pollinators of many native plants such as blueberries, passion fruit, and melons. One thing that most people don’t realize is that when they drill holes in wood, they are actually helping to start the break down dead limbs and logs so that the wood can decay and be recycled by nature. These bees are only a pest when they drill into wood we use for construction. But how are they supposed to know the difference? To put it simply their beneficial aspects far outweigh the negative. Let’s give these little guys a break.

Have you ever seen a carpenter bee? Did it seem like a nuisance to you?

Carlinville Is The Bee Research Capitol | New Jersey Bee Removal

Filed under: New Jersey Bee Removal — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:31 pm January 4, 2017

If you are an expert on bees then you’ve probably already heard of Carlinville and the groundbreaking entomologist Charles Robertson. His research from over a century ago is once again catching the eye of the scientific community, as they found that in recent study of the bee population of Carlinville has declined by more than half since his groundbreaking studies of the bees in Carlinville spanning from 1887 until 1916. Numerous species have completely died off. Robertson documented the relationship between plants and their pollinators, looking at butterflies, beetles, and flies in addition to bees. He discovered hundreds of new insect species, 20 of which are named after him. Robertson helped put Carlinville on the map, playing an incredibly important figure in the area of bee research even in our own time. He really laid the foundation for all research on bees and how they interact with their environment that has been done since then. Now scientists are looking back at his research to help them understand why so many bees have disappeared since then, and possibly discover a way to save them from dying off completely.

What do you think scientists and the world need to do to save bees from extinction? How might our lives be affected by the loss of bees?

What’s the Difference Between Bumblebees and Carpenter Bees?

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management — admin @ 10:00 am August 25, 2016

Although you’re likely to host a variety of different insects in your yard or garden, it’s important to be able to identify any that can pose a threat to people or property. You want to keep an eye out for bees in particular, since carpenter bees can cause structural damage to your home. However bumblebees, which are commonly confused with carpenter bees, are not as destructive. Here area few of the differences between them and ways you can identify one from another.

What do carpenter bees and bumblebees look like?

One of the reasons they’re confused is because both carpenter and bumblebees have large, round bodies roughly ½” to 1″ in size and similar wing shape. The easy way to tell them apart is to look at their bodies. Bumblebees are furry and have the typical bright yellow and black coloring. Carpenter bees, on the other hand, have more muted coloring and have a shiny abdomen that’s solid black.

What sort of habitats do they live in?

Even though they’re both bees, they live in very different habitats. Bumblebees are social, often living in colonies underground where they divide the “work” that needs to be done. In contrast, carpenter bees are more solitary, living by themselves and caring only for their own young. Rather than nesting in the ground, they bore holes in wood that can be 6″ to 10″ deep or more. The tunnels can branch into multiple “rooms” where they store eggs and food. These holes can sometimes be what homeowners notice before ever spotting a single bee. If you see dime-sized holes in your eaves or exterior beams, you could have an infestation.

What distinct behaviors do they have?

Besides being a nuisance and digging holes in your home, carpenter bees don’t usually pose a physical threat. They mainly spend their time doing normal bee activities like pollinating plants. Bumblebees, on the other hand, defend their nests aggressively and will chase and sting any threat. If you’ve ever been stung by one, you know that a bumblebee sting is especially painful and the pain and discomfort can last for days. One common behavior trait they both share is the ability to sting multiple times since their stingers are smooth, not barbed.

Being able to spot the difference between bumblebees and carpenter bees will help you identify the type of pest problem you have and aid professionals in determining the most effective plan for removal and prevention. Because of their different habitats and behaviors, each requires a specific approach for optimal results.

Got a Bee or Wasp Sting? Treat Them With These Home Remedies!

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Wasp Control — admin @ 3:37 pm May 27, 2016

Bee StingBeing stung by a bee or wasp can hurt and often results in inflamed, burning, swollen or itchy skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with the pain. There are many things you can do to help relieve the burning and reduce the swelling. Some items can be purchased at the store while others are things you likely already have at home. Here are a few home remedies you may want to try the next time you’re stung by a bee or wasp.

Mud

If you are stung while camping, hiking or fishing, you may not have access to a lot of items. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat a bee or wasp sting. Mud can help to relieve some of the itchiness and pain associated with these stings. Simply mix some dirt and water to form a paste-like substance. Then rub the mud over the sting. When you get home, rinse the mud from the area and clean it well to prevent infection.

Meat Tenderizer

One of the best ways to treat bee and wasp stings is with meat tenderizer. This helps break down the protein in the venom, relieving the symptoms associated with these stings. It can also help break down a stinger stuck in your skin, so if you notice this, this is a method you want to try. Mix four parts meat tenderizer with one part water to make a paste. Rub a liberal layer over the affected area and allow it to dry. Reapply every two to three hours for best results. Meat tenderizer also works on mosquito and spider bites, so keep that in mind if you are bitten by either of those pests in the future.

Toothpaste

If your bee or wasp sting is itchy, apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the affected area. This should be a paste, not a gel toothpaste. This creates a tingly sensation on your arm which satisfies your urge to scratch the area while also reducing itchiness. The toothpaste should be rinsed off and reapplied every few hours to keep symptoms in check.

Baking Soda

The last home remedy for treating bee and wasp stings is baking soda. Mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a paste. Rub the paste over the bite to soothe itchiness and prevent swelling. Baking soda does contain salt, so if you have been scratching the area and broken the skin, this method may burn a bit at first. However, if left on, it will relieve your symptoms.

You don’t have to be uncomfortable after being stung by a bee or a wasp. There are many different ways to treat the sting and relieve the pain, itchiness and swelling associated with it. Using mud, toothpaste, meat tenderizer or baking soda can help. If you are allergic to bee stings or experience trouble breathing following a sting, seek emergency medical care immediately, rather than trying any of these home remedies.

If you need help with flying, stinging insects, contact us right  away.

Stinging Insects of New Jersey

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Stinging Insect Control,Wasp Control — admin @ 4:00 pm April 18, 2016

Of the things the Garden State is well-known for, stinging insects are luckily not among them. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any to worry about! There are two main kinds of stinging insects to worry about in New Jersey, namely bees and wasps. Although these insects perform important ecological functions, having them on, in, or near your house ranges from inconvenient to actively dangerous. Many people are allergic to bee or wasp stings, and even mild allergies can be life-threatening in the case of a swarm. Pets are also vulnerable to stings, especially as they may not know to leave the nest alone. If stung, be sensitive to the signs of an allergic reaction, and if you feel any swelling seek medical attention immediately!

Bees

bee controlOf the two, bees tend to be the least harmful but the most numerous. Though there are dozens of different species of bee, many are harmless to humans; male carpenter bees, for instance, don’t even have stingers. However, honey bees and bumblebees are social insects, building hives that can hold hundreds of insects, and can sting individually or in swarms. Honey bee stingers are barbed and thus are single-use weapons, but commensurately remain in the wound and exacerbate the original injury. Bumblebees can sting repeatedly and are thus substantially more dangerous in numbers. Bees generally only attack in self-defense, but have been known to attack people and pets.

Wasps

wasp controlLike bees, there are a number of different kinds of wasps; unlike bees, any kind of wasp can pose a substantial danger and should be dealt with immediately. Wasps can be easily identified by their long thin profile, shiny body surface, and yellow markings, common across the entire genus. Hornets and yellow jackets are species of wasp as well. These insects are attracted to food and beverages, can be aggressive, and have a painful, venemous sting, so if you see wasps or a hive on your property you should call Horizon Pest Control immediately. Some kinds of wasps build nests in the ground, while others build hanging hives which can be concealed in attics, hanging from eaves, or up in trees, but all of them are dangerous.

In either case, it is strongly advised that you leave removal to the professionals! All of the hive and honeycomb must be completely removed in order to prevent a recurrent infestation, and in some cases all of the inhabitants need to be killed before the hive is removed. Once your property is safe and the hive is gone, our professionals can help you bee- or wasp-proof your property by sealing off roof access and strategically placing repellent to convince new colonies to go elsewhere.  Remember, if you need help with stinging insects, contact us right away!

Different Types of Stinging Insects in New Jersey

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Stinging Insect Control,Wasp Control — admin @ 12:47 pm March 29, 2016

The American Bumble Bee

American Bumble BeeThe bumble bee has a black body and a yellow-striped belly. Bee colonies (like that of the other stinging insects) are divided into queens, female workers, and male workers. Unlike males, females have stingers; furthermore, queens are twice as big as the males. Bees have short life cycles and become adults 21 days after they are hatched.

Bees drink flower nectar and make honey with pollen. They are usually harmless, but when their nests are disturbed, they become defensive. Worker bees can sting over and over again without dying.

The Bald-faced Hornet

Bald Faced HornetBald-faced hornets are black with white stripes; all bald-faced hornets have the same pattern of markings. Like most stinging insects, bald-faced hornets become highly aggressive if the nest is disturbed, but unlike other stinging insects, they squirt venom into a harasser’s eyes, causing temporary blindness.

The hives (also referred to as nests) of the bald-faced hornet are above ground and shaped like pears. Usually, there are about 100 to 400 hornets in a single hive.

The Common Thread Waisted Wasp

Thread Waisted WaspThe common thread waisted wasp has a many names, including caterpillar-hunter, cicada killer, and hunting wasp. They are one inch long and get their name from their extremely thin waists. They have orange stomachs, eat small insects, and drink flower nectar.

To catch its prey, the common thread waisted wasp stings the insect, immobilizes it, and then drags the insect to its lair with its jaws. Eggs are then laid on the paralyzed prey; after hatching, the wasp larvae eat the paralyzed, but alive victim.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow JacketYellow jackets are often confused with bees because they are also yellow and black; however, yellow jackets are smaller and hairless. They are half an inch long and live for only a year.

Yellow jackets love carbohydrates and sugar; they like human food such as candy, carbonated beverages, and meat. They also rob honey from bees from time to time.

Yellow jackets are some of the most aggressive stinging insects. Moreover, some people are allergic to yellow jacket venom and can die if stung. Furthermore, the venom of yellow jackets is more powerful than that of bees, and their stingers stay on, even after repeated use.

Everything You Need to Know About the Carpenter Bees

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Yard Control — admin @ 7:00 am July 25, 2014

Yard Pest ControlCarpenter bees are one of the ecosystem’s most valuable team player when it comes to pollination. These gentle giants, however, are a bit of a nuisance to property owners because they tend to create their nests on exposed, non-decayed wood structure. A single carpenter bee excavating a wood panel for its nest may cause slight damage. Unfortunately, these bees tend to use old nesting sites and branch them out quite extensively, thus resulting to massive structural damage.

How to Identify Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees have noticeably shiny and black abdomen, with orange or bright yellow hairs on the thorax area. They are usually a quarter and half to an inch in length, with noticeably strong and full-bodied figure. Unlike those bees featured in movies where they endlessly sting people, these carpenter bees are relatively harmless. Male carpenters will not be able to sting people because they actually don’t have stingers. They can be territorial and might become aggressive in guarding their nest, but apart from being an annoyance, they simply can’t do any harm. Female carpenter bees, on the other hand, have stingers. It is very unlike for female carpenter bees to sting, unless they are being extremely provoked or they become highly agitated. These carpenter bees can chew wood and burrow flawlessly using their broad, strong jaws. Although carpenter bees reside on any suitable wood structure for their larvae, they do not eat the wood they infest; they simply hollow out the wood for their nests.

Carpenter bees vs. Bumble bees

Carpenter bees are often mistaken to be bumble bees. They may indeed look quite similar, but you can easily tell them apart by their body structure and way of living. Carpenter bees live solitarily while bumble bees live in social colonies. Carpenter bees establish a nest by burrowing on wood decks or any exposed, untreated, and thick wood panels. Bumble bees, on the other hand, live in nests that are set up in trees or in empty rodent holes; they prefer shaded areas as too much sun exposure can trap heat in the nest. Both carpenter and bumble bees feed on pollen and nectar. Both of them are great pollinators as well.

How to Identify Carpenter Bee Infestation

To determine if there is a carpenter bee infestation, there are tell-tale signs to watch out for. Examples of these would be:

– Half inch entrance holes in your wooden decks, foundations made of wood or any thick wood where they can burrow
– Yellowish to brown stains below the holes – these are bee droppings that get pushed out of the nest
– Piles of wood shavings – from the continuous burrowing of the carpenter bee queen

At times, infested wood may also have severe external damage due to birds trying to get the larvae inside.

How to Prevent Carpenter Bee Infestation

Preventing carpenter bee infestation can be quite a challenge, especially for homeowners who want to work on it first-hand, because the techniques need diligent implementation. Here are some of the techniques:

– Continuous treatment of entrance holes with insecticide or dust pesticide
– Complete eradication of larvae, eggs, and other bee remnants inside the nest, preventing young and adult carpenter bees to look for alternative exit points
– Instead of filling the holes with wood putty or other insecticide, try replacing the heavily infested wood with new and chemically treated wood materials
– Thorough inspection of exposed, unpainted, and untreated wood parts of the property
– Seal holes or nesting sites completely because carpenter bees can go back to these sites to nest in new set of larvae

Carpenter bees may be a vital part of the ecosystem since they are great pollinators, however, it can be an extreme nuisance to property owners because of the extensive damage they can cause. Seeking for professional help in order to fully eradicate these pests may prove to be more beneficial rather than executing a do-it-yourself pest control scheme.

We will help you eradicate carpenter bees on your property. Call Horizon Pest Control and inquire about our Yard Pest Control services!

Photo by Bob Peterson, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

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Identifying Hornet & Yellow Jacket Nests and Removing Them

Filed under: Bee Removal & Management,Pest Control,Wasp Control — Megan Howard @ 8:13 pm November 20, 2013

New Jersey Pest ControlHornets are wasps and are closely related to yellow jackets. There are about twenty different species of hornets and most of them live in tropical Asia. However, hornets are also found in Europe, Africa, and North America. They are commonly found on trees and are considered a tree-nesting wasps. They grow ¾ inch long and are recognized because of their color pattern. Their head, thorax, abdomen, and antenna are black and white and their wings smoky.

What do Hornets Nests Look Like?

The hornet’s nest is a captivating masterpiece as they can construct large, football-shaped nests that are made from wood that they strip from fence panels, garden sheds, and the like. Hornets nest are shaped like an inverted teardrop with tiny hole at the bottom. They are interwoven with branches and twigs, which makes the nest stronger and will not be destroyed by weather. The nest itself is made of hexagonal cells or cellular structures where her young ones will develop. For large nests, the walls may be two inches thick that makes a perfect protection from cold and heat.

How do They make Their Nest?

It starts with a single hornet, which is the queen. Her construction will begin during spring after she comes out from winter hibernation. She will need a suitable support that will consist of a window shutter, a tree branch, or a root for subterranean nests, and the pulp of the queen for support. Once the cellulose fibers dry, they will become a strong paper buttress that will start the creation of her nest.

Once she finds a perfect spot for a nest she will lay one egg within a cell and make her way out, constructing a comb. Queens dominate hornet hives since they are the only ones who can reproduce. The hornets that the queen reproduce are asexual female workers that perform important community duties.

After the first eggs turn into larvae, then become female adult hornets, they will take the responsibilities of nest building, gathering food, protecting the colony, and brood tending. The queen is still essential since she will still create queens and a few males. The male hornets only responsibility is to mate with queens. Once mating is done, the male will die, then  these fertilized queens will soon find a perfect place to hide for the winter. The rest of the colony together with the old queen will die also in the winter and their nest abandoned.

Nest Removal

Hornets are social insects, which means that they go together and live together in the same place. They are always protecting their hives from dangers. Once they sense any threats to their nest, they will attack any animals and humans who goes near their hive. The worse part with this attack is that they attack in hundreds. These insects are very sensitive, which makes anything unfamiliar to them as a threat to their safety. So, if you find hornet nests in your backyard, better remove them immediately especially if you have children who loves to play outside. Hornet nest removal can be a bit tricky especially if the nests are large enough, which makes the insects more dangerous. If you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, or if you do not have the right equipment to do the removal, do not attempt to get rid of the hornets’ nest yourself – call a professional instead.

Simple Steps to Removal

Have the following materials before starting the removal:

  • Prepare an insecticide or any poison that can eliminate hornets
  • Hedge clipper
  • Gloves to protect the hands
  • Goggles to protect the eyes
  • Protective suit with thick fiber to protect yourself from possible attack
  • Plastic bags or sacks

1. Wear your protective clothing before starting the removal

2. Wait until the sun sets down since hornets are lazy when the temperature is low

3. Place the sack directly below the nest or hive. Open it wide to catch the nest. It would be better if you have a partner who can help you seal the sack immediately it drops.

4. If the nest is hanging on a branch, cut the branch with the use of a hedge clippers to destroy it to fall into the sack.

5. If the hive is secured to your gutter or roof, your only choice is to break and destroy the hive. Make sure that there is smoke from where you stand so that they will not be able to see you, thus lessening the chances of attack, plus they will have a difficult time breathing.

 

Stop Them from Building

The first stages of their nest development may go unnoticed because they are mostly on trees where leaves are covering them, and it may be a bit late to recognize that they are there. The only time we may know that there is a hornet nest near our home is when the hive has grown big. The same goes with gutters and roofs. Keep in mind that hornets have habitual instincts. Those who have survived the winter may soon come back to their old  location and start building again although they will not go back to their old nest. Better change your environment by simply cutting the trees or repainting the house, which could somehow help in stopping them from nesting.

Let Horizon Pest Control help remove Hornet & Yellow Jacket Nests from your home. Click New Jersey Pest Control for more information.

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