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Bizarre Looking Extinct Flightless Wasp Is Unearthed

Filed under: New Jersey Wasp Control,Wasp Control,Wasp Control New Jersey — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 6:53 am November 3, 2016

Researchers discovered a strange looking insect from the cretaceous period. The insect was found encased in amber, and it looked like a strange mix between a cockroach, a wasp and a grasshopper. The ancient bug has been dubbed the “Frankenstein” bug.

The insect is estimated to be one hundred million years old, and it is not like any other insect known to mankind. The insect looks like it can fly and has the face of a wasp, but no wings. The insect has the legs of a grasshopper, the antennae of an ant, and the body of a cockroach.

The entomologist that discovered the bug had to admit that he had no idea what kind of bug it was. It is hard to place this strange looking creature on a tree of bugs and their ancestors. So the head entomologist was forced to create an entirely new family for the weird looking bug since it does not fit in anywhere else. When this creature died out it became an evolutionary dead end, and if you saw the bug you would agree that it did not leave any ancestors for a pretty clear reason–it’s ugly.

Have you ever found an ancient insect preserved in amber?

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.

Protect Yourself Against Yellow Jackets

Filed under: Wasp Control — Megan Howard @ 7:16 pm July 22, 2014

Residential Pest Control

Yellow jackets become mostly active during the summer. It is when they trouble homes and sting those they think are a threat to them. These stinging insects are heavy-bodied wasps that create gray, papery nests below or hanging above the ground. They are about ½ inch in length with alternating black and yellow stripes on them. While they may look like honey bees, this wasp can sting you multiple times, unlike bees that can sting you just once.

While these wasps commonly create their nests in rodent burrows, thick shrubs, and tree branches during the early spring, they can also create their nests in garages, attics, sheds, under porches, spaces behind wall sidings, and in areas where there are hollow spaces in floors and walls. When these yellow jackets create nests inside a home’s structure, they will defend their territory and will sting potential threat to their nest.

The Creation of the Nest

Nesting happens during spring, when a queen starts laying eggs in her chosen nest. Her first batch of eggs will be her first workers. The queen will continuously lay eggs while the workers will take care of her and her eggs while continuously expand the nest. These workers will also be responsible in defending the nest. The nest will continuously grow as new workers assume their responsibilities during spring and summer. By August or September, the queen’s nest may already contain hundreds of yellow jackets that are considered dangerous to those who will approach it.

The yellow jackets and the hornets are considered to be the most aggressive wasps that can sting potential victims continuously. These wasps are considered troublesome because they are known to vigorously defend their nest when it is threatened, which would leave their victim helpless with the continuous sting they will give them.

During the months of August or September, their nest may already have hundreds or even thousands of individuals. When this happens, some of the wasps may just hover around outside their nest looking for more food. They will become scavengers that will be showing up uninvited at picnics and barbecues, and in places outdoors.

Defending Yourself from Yellow Jackets

Although the nest of the yellow jacket will be emptied soon with all of the workers dying during the winter, but it is still unwise to let them nest around your property. If you are able to find the queen this early spring, and you are able to get rid of it that would mean that the eggs she laid will also not survive. However, if you are not able to find the queen, you will have a whole season of defending yourself against their nest.

If your home has a yellow jacket nest around, getting rid of it may bring difficulties. Although there are a lot of insecticide products that are labelled for the use of these wasps, handling them can still be dangerous. In most cases, the removal of yellow jacket nests is given to professionals since most homeowners acknowledge the gravity of handling these wasps.

Protect your home against these yellow jackets and let Horizon Pest Control get rid of the yellow jackets nest for you. We offer Residential Pest Control solutions that will take care of your wasp problems. Do not let these wasps intimidate you and let your home be your home again. Call for an appointment now and let us know how we can help you.

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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