STINGING INSECTS

Warm weather tends to bring everyone outside, including stinging pests. While the stings from wasps, bees, hornets, or yellow jackets may hurt, they can also cause more serious health issues like painful swelling, infections, nausea, and in rare cases even death. Not only do you need to worry about the stinging pests themselves, but also about locating and removing their breeding places.

​Risks

Stings can be painful but are generally not harmful.

Persons allergic to such instances must take serious precautions.

Prevention

Garbage cans and other food sources should be covered and sealed.

Professional removal of nests and hives

Be cautious when around any existing nests or hives

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We treat for FIRE ANTS at no extra charge.

We spray the FULL YARD during Spring and Summer

Hornets

Baldfaced hornets make aerial nests, circular in shape, about the size of a football or basketball and usually built in trees. European hornets tend to make their nests in secluded, above ground locations like hollow trees, attics, porches and inside wall voids. Hornet nests are constructed with paper-like construction material produced by the hornets mixing their saliva together with wood they gather. During the nest-building time of year, it may not be unusual to see a hornet scraping away a thin layer of wood from a wooden fence, an old log or the side of an unpainted wooden building.

​While hornets are known for their ability to inflict a painful sting, they are very beneficial predators and help to control a variety of insects that could otherwise become pests. However, hornets are social insects, so they will aggressively defend their colony (nest) from any intruders. While not as aggressive as yellow jackets, the baldfaced hornet, and to a lesser degree, the European hornet, quickly and assertively defend their nest when sensing danger.

Professional Control

Most people use the common name hornet to designate both the baldfaced hornet and the European hornet, even though the European is a true hornet and the baldfaced hornet is actually in the same stinging insect group as yellow jackets. Therefore, when describing the treatment of hornets, the first requirement is for your pest management professional to provide an inspection and determine the identity of the stinging insects requiring control and the location of their nesting sites. Once the inspection and identification is complete, your pest management professional can develop a specific treatment plan that involves effective treatment measures, whether preventive, non-chemical or chemical treatment procedures. Some components of the hornet treatment plan may include:

  • Educating homeowners on the predatory benefits of hornets as they prey on and reduce the numbers of many damaging insects. Also, the pest management professional will explain that removing nests once the hornets are eliminated is important since other insects may infest old nesting material that is allowed to remain on the property or inside the structures.
  • Explaining why effective hornet treatment involves treating the nest, an explanation of where hornet nest(s) were found and how those nests will be managed is very important. Nest location is one of the differentiators between European hornets and baldfaced hornets. European hornets usually nest in wall voids or in the open portions of attics, while baldfaced hornets usually construct aerial nests in trees or large bushes.
  • Explaining the importance of using exclusion materials to prevent other hornets from entering wall voids or attic spaces and building new nests.
  • Recommending keeping trees and landscape bushes well trimmed, thinned and open so hornets are discouraged from building their aerial nests. In general, baldfaced hornets prefer to build their aerial nests in hidden, protected portions of trees and bushes.
  • Explaining what products and equipment will be used. Your pest management professional may employ ready-to-use aerosol sprays, liquid sprays from power equipment or an insecticide dust. These products are applied into the nest entrance and will help control hornets that are entering and exiting the nest. If the nest is located close to areas where people frequent, it is best to do the control work after dark when hornets are almost all inside the nest. Complete control may require more than one treatment visit to ensure all nest occupants are eliminated.
  • If the nest population is small and in an exposed, easy to access location, removing the nest without using insecticides may be possible. While nest removal is possible, it is best done at night and will involve using a heavy plastic bag to cover the nest and seal it shut. The nest can then be removed and disposed. Remember, since hornets are aggressive and will furiously defend their nest, nest removal should be done while dressed in a fully protective bee suit and faced protecting veil. You may want to contact your pest control professional.Educating homeowners on the predatory benefits of hornets as they prey on and reduce the numbers of many damaging insects. Also, the pest management professional will explain that removing nests once the hornets are eliminated is important since other insects may infest old nesting material that is allowed to remain on the property or inside the structures.
  • Explaining why effective hornet treatment involves treating the nest, an explanation of where hornet nest(s) were found and how those nests will be managed is very important. Nest location is one of the differentiators between European hornets and baldfaced hornets. European hornets usually nest in wall voids or in the open portions of attics, while baldfaced hornets usually construct aerial nests in trees or large bushes.
  • Explaining the importance of using exclusion materials to prevent other hornets from entering wall voids or attic spaces and building new nests.
  • Recommending keeping trees and landscape bushes well trimmed, thinned and open so hornets are discouraged from building their aerial nests. In general, baldfaced hornets prefer to build their aerial nests in hidden, protected portions of trees and bushes.
  • Explaining what products and equipment will be used. Your pest management professional may employ ready-to-use aerosol sprays, liquid sprays from power equipment or an insecticide dust. These products are applied into the nest entrance and will help control hornets that are entering and exiting the nest. If the nest is located close to areas where people frequent, it is best to do the control work after dark when hornets are almost all inside the nest. Complete control may require more than one treatment visit to ensure all nest occupants are eliminated.
  • If the nest population is small and in an exposed, easy to access location, removing the nest without using insecticides may be possible. While nest removal is possible, it is best done at night and will involve using a heavy plastic bag to cover the nest and seal it shut. The nest can then be removed and disposed. Remember, since hornets are aggressive and will furiously defend their nest, nest removal should be done while dressed in a fully protective bee suit and faced protecting veil. You may want to contact your pest control professional.

Wasps

Wasp species are categorized as social or solitary. As their name implies, social wasps live in colonies, which may number in the thousands. Within these colonies, female workers perform all duties within the nest. Solitary wasps live alone and therefore do not have a colony. They do lay eggs, but their eggs are left alone to hatch.

​Some wasps are predatory, while others are parasitic. Predatory wasps kill and consume other insects as well as other animals which they often feed to their larvae. Parasitic wasps typically lay their eggs in the bodies of living creatures like caterpillars or spiders. The larvae feed on the still-living host. Wasps can assist in the management of other pests, particularly in agriculture as biological control agents. Many wasps also feed on nectar from flowers and therefore function as pollinators.

​Some wasps are aggressive species and can sting when threatened. Unlike honey bees, wasps often are capable of stinging multiple times.

Signs of an Infestation

Signs are dependent on species, but most often the workers and the nest are the most likely signs.

Professional Control

  1. Solstys uses an integrated approach that employs a variety of effective and efficient methods to control wasps. Our integrated program includes using:
  2. Inspection – determining what is needed to provide an effective wasp control plan.
  3. Documentation – explaining the specifics of the overall control plan and the findings and results of, not only the initial inspection, but scheduled follow-up services as well.
  4. Education – explaining the behavior, diet and habitat of wasps and how this information will be helpful to the homeowner.
  5. Selection of the best wasp control methods – traps, light modification, mechanical and insecticidal controls, physical removal
  6. Cultural controls – modifying the area around the home or business to reduce the number of sites that are suitable for wasps to nest.
  7. Exclusion – making it hard for wasps to get inside the structure.
  8. Sanitation – keeping the area clean and efficiently reducing access to the wasp’s sources of food.

We GUARANTEE against ants.

We treat for FIRE ANTS at no extra charge.

We spray the FULL YARD during Spring and Summer

We GUARANTEE against ants.

We treat for FIRE ANTS at no extra charge.

We spray the FULL YARD during Spring and Summer

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are pollinators and may also be considered beneficial because they eat beetle grubs, flies and other harmful pests. However, they are also known scavengers who eat meat, fish and sugary substances, making them a nuisance near trash receptacles and picnics.

Many yellow jackets are ground-nesters. Their colonies can be found under porches or steps, in sidewalk cracks, around railroad ties or at the base of trees. Sometimes the queen uses a wall void of a building as a nesting place. Some yellow jackets build aerial nests in bushes or low-hanging branches or in the corners of buildings and other manmade structures.

Signs of an Infestation

Yellow jackets usually are detected when workers are encountered. Nests, particularly the aerial nests, also may be a sign.

Professional Control

Since yellow jackets are beneficial predators of many damaging insects, treatment should only be applied when yellow jackets pose a stinging threat to people or pets. Therefore, a yellow jacket treatment program begins with a thorough inspection and correct identification from your pest management professional. This is important since yellow jackets usually build their nests below ground, but they may also build them in hidden, protected locations above ground. Once the nest is located, your pest management professional can use the most effective control products and methods to help eliminate control the yellow jackets within the nest.

​The treatment products used by your pest management professional consist of various insecticide dust and aerosol products that will be used in accordance with the product’s label. The specific products and application methods will generally depend on whether the nest is above or below ground. For below ground nests, the most likely product of choice is an insecticide dust. The dust is applied to the below ground part of the nest and to the nest entrance. Since during the daytime there are numerous yellow jackets that are outside of the nest searching for prey, the nest entrance is left open so any returning nest members will come in contact with the product and die. For aerial nests, usually the use of either a dust or aerosol product is best. For aerial nests, your pest management professional may decide to perform the treatment work after dark when most all of the nest members are within the nest. Once the nest is inactive, it can be removed and destroyed.

​Yellow jacket nests constructed in a void or cavity in a building’s interior presents a situation whereby the yellow jackets’ entrance must never be sealed until all of the nest’s yellow jackets are dead. If the entrance is sealed, members of the nest will try to escape the void through the inside of the structure and thus create a stinging hazard inside the structure.

​Some of the preventive efforts that your pest management professional may recommend include keeping trash cans closed and clean so that yellow jackets are unable to feed on food residues either inside or outside the refuse container, keeping fallen fruit from fruit trees cleaned up and using specialized traps to capture yellow jackets that are attracted to the traps.

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