About Bees & Wasps
Bees and wasps around your home can be a danger to your health or that of someone at the home, particularly if they are allergic, but can also be damaging to your home. Even if an allergy doesn’t exist some stinging insects are capable of stinging you repeatedly which can be quite dangerous and painful, particularly to children and the elderly. Proper identification of the species is needed to determine the threat posed.
How Bees & Wasps Enter Your Pennsylvania or New Jersey Home:
Bees and wasps are a threat anywhere on your property. They are attracted to spills near your home or may simply have found a nesting site that they like on your property. Improper control methods, like patching up a hole with an existing nest, can cause bees and wasps to be forced into your home which creates a very dangerous situation for those inside.
Bees & Wasps commonly found in Pennsylvania & New Jersey are:
Carpenter Bees: These bees are quite large and black and will act very aggressive to anyone that they feel is threatening them. However, they rarely actually attack a person. They can cause damage to your home by boring into untreated wood surfaces to build a nest. They are creatures of habit and without proper control and exclusion methods they will return year after year expanding their tunnels and causing further damage to the structure.
Paper Wasps: Their nests are easy to identify as they look like they are made from paper. They typically live in small colonies and will nest on top of windows, door frames, eaves, decks and railings. While they are not aggressive they will inflict a painful sting if they are threatened.
Honey Bees: If you notice a honey bee nest in your structure you must contact a local beekeeper for proper removal. Honey bees are protected in the state of New Jersey and it is illegal for anyone including a pest control firm to destroy their nest.
Yellow Jackets: This yellow and black striped specie will nest in the ground in eaves and even attics. They can be quite aggressive, especially in the fall. This species is capable of stinging repeatedly and send a half million people to the emergency room every year.
Controlling Bees & Wasps:
Proper control methods require a positive identification of the species and that is best left to a pest professional. We would never recommend that a property owner attempt to control a bee or wasp infestation on their own.