Bees and Wasps
Bees and Wasps are critical to our environment and play an important role in our food chain. In addition to producing honey and beeswax, they are responsible for pollinating over half of all fruit and vegetable trees and plants. Unfortunately, they do pose a threat as their sting can cause severe reactions that can lead to death for people who are allergic.
Bees are highly social and have well defined roles for developing their colonies, producing honey and supporting their populations. While they are very important to our environment and the food chain, they can create problems for humans because of their sting.
Size: 15mm long
Colour: light brown.
Droppings: ¼ – ½ inch in length.
The main problem from bees is they can become a nuisance when people are enjoying outdoor activities. They can also be very aggressive when startled or if their nests are disturbed. Bee stings can be quite painful and for some people who have serious allergic reactions they can be fatal.
Dealing with a bee nest is specialized work that requires special equipment, often utilizing a professional beekeeper, protective clothing and knowledge of their activity patterns. We strongly advise homeowners to call an expert and not to attempt removal of a bee nest themselves. If you have a bee issue contact the experts at Cannon Pest Control.
Also known as Yellow Jackets, Wasps are become very active in the late summer months. Wasps nest in trees, wall voids and in holes in the ground and can be easily startled by children playing, and vibrations from lawnmowers and hedgers. Care should be should be taken before starting yard work and other activities in backyards or around your home.
Size: 1/2 inch in length.
Colour: Black and Yellow
Wasps move through 4 stages of life consisting of the egg, larva, pupa and adult stage. Every fall a queen will mate and then finds a shelter for the winter while all other wasps in the colony die. In the spring the queen awakes, starts to feed and looks for a new site to establish her colony – trees, woodpiles, porches and the ground are typical nesting locations. Once a location is found she builds out her nest and lays her eggs and protects them until the larvae emerge. After approximately three weeks, adult wasps emerge from the pupa casings and begin taking over most of the responsibilities in the nest allowing the Queen to focus on reproduction. By late summer wasp colonies become very active and very large.
The main problem from wasps is they can become a nuisance when people are enjoying outdoor activities. They can be very aggressive when they are startled or if their nests are disturbed. They have also been known to sting people and animals without provocation. Wasp stings can be quite painful and for some people who have serious allergic reactions they can be fatal.
Dealing with a wasp nest is specialized work that requires special equipment, protective clothing and knowledge of their activity patterns. We strongly advise homeowners to call an expert and not to attempt removal of a wasp nest themselves. If you have a wasp issue contact the experts at Cannon Pest Control.