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Bees play an important part in our environment. They pollinate the flowers and plants that provide much of our food. Wasps also have their benefits, as some eat destructive pests like cicadas. But while these insects have a role outside of the home, a nest of bees, wasps, or other stinging insects in or near your home can be very dangerous. Between stings and structural damage, a nest needs to be moved or removed quickly by a professional.
Nextgen Pest Solutions is a leading pest control company equipped to deal with all types of stinging insects. We use science-backed pest control methods to safely remove bees and wasps and make sure that your home and family are safe. For a quote or to schedule services, call us at (470) 336-4315.
Most stinging insects are either bees or wasps. But within these two species, there are many different sub species that may be found on your property. Each has different appearances, traits, food sources, and regions. The most common bees and wasps that we treat are:
All bees and wasps can sting and inject venom through the sting that can be painful and occasionally fatal to humans with allergies. Some bees, most notably honeybees, can only sting once before they die. Other bees and wasps can sting multiple times.
That’s also why, in general, wasps tend to be more aggressive, following prey or enemies over distances. Most do not attack humans unless provoked, but wasps are also territorial, and so your presence near their nest – even if you’re not posing a danger to their colony – may be considered provocation, and cause individual stings or even a swarm of insects coming at you to protect their home.
Africanized bees, also known as “killer bees,” are one of the few bee species that can be as aggressive – sometimes more aggressive – than wasps. Identification and removal by pest specialists is strongly recommended.
The primary danger of a bee or wasp nest on your property is their potential to sting humans. In the best cases, a bee or wasp sting causes a painful sore and swelling that heals after a few days. The sting can be painful, and many people need to take over the counter pain killers to decrease the discomfort.
For some people though, the venom in a bee or wasp sting can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. Those allergic to insect stings can experience swelling, hives, and difficulty breathing and require immediate medical attention.
While individual bees and wasps can be found almost anywhere outdoors – meaning there is some chance of getting stung no matter where the nest is located – a nest on a property is far more risky. A nest can contain tens of thousands of wasps or bees and the increased population increases the probability of being stung. In addition, insects will often sting when they feel their nest is threatened. Accidentally going near the nest can result in potentially hundreds of stings from angry insects.
Even for those who do not experience a significant allergic reaction to bee or wasp stings, a large number of bites can be fatal. Individual stings are unpleasant, but having a beehive or wasp nest on the property is dangerous for everyone.
Bees and wasps can also cause structural damage when they build their nests inside. Beehives in particular amass honey which can drip down walls, ruining drywall and insulation, and become heavy. Some bees and wasps also tunnel through wood like termites, and can significantly weaken a structure.
Because bees and stinging insects are found almost everywhere, seeing one or two does not mean you have a nest nearby. In some cases, you may see an actual nest. To determine what kind of stinging insect you’re dealing with, look at the nest:
Even if you don’t see a beehive or wasp nest, there are still a few signs that indicate one might be nearby. If you notice any of the following, it is recommended that you call a professional pest control service:
A pest control professional can inspect your home or business to determine if stinging insects are living within the structure or somewhere on the property. Depending on the location of the nest, the aggressiveness of the insects, and the potential dangers, they can decide whether removal is necessary for your safety.
Bee populations are dwindling. If bees, especially honeybees, are not located in a high risk area, we may recommend either letting them remain in place, or removing the nest unharmed. When the nest is located close to or inside of your home, however, extermination is often the best step. Africanized bees (aka, “killer bees”) should always be eliminated, as those bees are aggressive.
But wasps can always be exterminated. We offer different approaches depending on the type of wasp, from a basic spraying to a complete nest removal. We can also clean up the wasp nest upon request.
Bee, wasp, and stinging insects can be difficult to remove, and many pest companies don’t have the specialized equipment and skills necessary to do so safely. Nests can be hard to access and stinging insects are, by necessity, likely to become aggressive when they sense their nest is being attacked.
At Nextgen Pest Solutions, our pest specialists receive ongoing training in the latest pest management method for bees, wasps, and more. They are here to assist in answering your questions, completely removing a beehive or wasp nest when necessary, and keeping your property and family safe.
Beyond our science-backed and technologically advanced pest control, we are also a veteran owned and operated company. We have a focus in employing veterans of the armed forces. Our services are all guaranteed, and we will return if you continue to see pests on your property.
And if your pest challenges involve more than bees and wasps, we offer full service pest control and have the ability to handle all your pest management needs. Contact us today at any time to learn more.
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