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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!


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.


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.

How to Identify Different Types of Hornets

Filed under: Stinging Insect Control — admin @ 11:30 pm November 17, 2015

Two major species of hornets in New Jersey will likely require your attention as the weather gets colder. If either species of hornet gets out of control, it means a major nuisance for your household and possible danger for children, the elderly and pets. Here are the basics about the New Jersey hornets that give most people the most trouble.

Hornet ControlThe Yellowjacket

The yellowjacket is the common hornet that infests the household most often in the fall and winter seasons in New Jersey. Ranging from one to one and one-half inches, the yellowjacket is actually brown with orange stripes. When in flight, the insect can appear yellow or orange to the naked eye because of the speed.

How to Handle the Yellowjacket in the Winter and Fall Seasons

If you see one hornet, there are others close by. Hornets are very social animals, and it is likely that the yellowjacket is building or has built a nest in a cozy corner of your home with plenty of its colony members. Pay special attention to your chimneys, attics, barns and voids in the wall if you hear noise. If the nest is large, you risk losing control of the situation if you attack it without professional help.

Hornet ControlThe Bald Faced Hornet

The bald faced hornet is slightly smaller than the common yellowjacket. This type of hornet is not a true “hornet” in the sense that it is only a distant cousin of the yellowjacket. However, the similar striped markings and body shape looks like a hornet to the untrained eye. The bald faced hornet actually preys on the yellowjacket as well as other annoying pests around households. The hornet is called bald faced because of its white head markings.

How to Handle Bald Faced Hornets in Winter and Fall Seasons

The bald faced hornet infests homes much less than the yellowjacket. However, if you do see a bald faced hornet nest in your home, you should call professional help. The bald faced hornet is especially aggressive and territorial. They swarm on instinct and will sting repeatedly and without mercy. An active nest with bald faced hornets can have as many as 400 hornets. Prepare yourself with the right pest control.

Tired of dealing with hornets? Call Horizon Pest Control at 888.612.2847 today!

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