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!
Of 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.
Like 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!