Bald Faced Hornet – Very aggressive! Workers are about 5/8-3/4 inches or longer; queens are 3/4 of an inch long or more. Mostly black in colour with a white pattern over its face, bald faced hornets build paper enclosed, gray aerial nests and are generally found in trees, chimneys, under eaves but may also be found nesting behind siding, in barns and other structures on a property.
Carpenter Bee – Adult carpenter bees range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch long and are distinguishable by their shiny, black abdomen and distinctive “hovering” flight pattern. The adult female carpenter bee will use her chewing mouthparts to bore holes into wood (about the diameter of a dime) where she will turn to the grain and create a chamber approximately 5 to 8 inches long in which to lay her eggs.
Paper Wasp – Moderately aggressive. Measuring approximately 1 inch in length, the paper wasp is commonly dark brown in colour with black wings and yellow markings. They are often mistaken for yellow jackets as they both appear black in colour with the yellow markings on the body. Paper wasp nests are found under eaves, behind attic vents and inside outdoor lighting. They are also likely to be found in grills and other enclosed areas.
Yellow Jacket – Moderately aggressive. Adult workers are 3/8 to 5/8 inches long, depending on species; queens are generally longer. Yellow jackets are black in colour with yellow markings on the body and prefer to construct their nests in the ground. Other areas where yellow jackets are likely to be found include attics, behind walls, inside hollow trees and other landscapes.
Stinging insects are a common problem for property owners every spring as the queens emerge from their overwintering sites to locate new nesting locations and begin developing their populations. Depending on the species stinging insects may also be attracted to other insects, nectar and pollen on your property.
Eggs are laid in the cells, as the eggs hatch, the larvae are fed by the queen. As the colony grows, the workers take over enlarging the nest and feeding the larvae, leaving the queen to produce eggs.
Diets will vary between the different species of stinging insects. Adults feed mainly on fruit juices, nectar and other sweet material. The adults will also eat larvae chewed up meat or insect parts.
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE PESTS:
Often considered a nuisance pest, stinging insects are also capable of causing varying reactions with their stings including mild redness, swelling and even death. Getting rid of stinging insects and their nests can be extremely difficult and potentially dangerous.
Due to their foraging nature and nesting habits, stinging insects are hard to prevent. If stinging insects have become a problem on your property, contact adams Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger issue.
Adam’s Pest Control can help you get rid of bees or wasps using the latest methods, we offer 24-hour emergency service. Having problems with bees or wasps? Contact our Halifax Pest Control Team Today!
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