Bees, Wasps and Hornets – How to Tell Them Apart

Bees, Wasps and Hornets – How to Tell Them Apart

It is prime season for bees, wasps and hornets to peruse flowers and backyard barbecues, making making it highly likely to encounter one of the three.

Despite the fact that they are all capable of stinging you, the three are actually pretty different.

 

Honey Bee

Honey bees are likely the most common type of bee you’ll come into contact with. They have hairs covering their body to help them collect pollen. Bees usually range in size from a quarter of an inch to up to an inch long.

 

Wasp

Most wasps have a narrow or pinched waist and are black or have various markings of white, orange, or yellow. (Yellow jackets usually have yellow and black markings.) Unlike bees, they don’t have much hair. Wasps also tend to range in size from a half inch to an inch long.

 

Hornet

 

European hornets are large and reddish-brown with yellow stripes on their abdomen. Bald-faced hornets, on the other hand, are mostly black with a white pattern on their face, giving them a “bald” look.

If you are any problems with bees, wasps or hornets, don’t hesitate to call Essential Pest Control.

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Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

 

A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

 

If you care about your landscaping, weeds are likely to feel like the bane of your existence. Weeds can spring up virtually anywhere around your home, interfering with the look of your yard and forcing you to waste time pulling them. If you can’t seem to get rid of your weeds, a pest control professional can provide you with the capable treatments you need. Here are some of the weeds you’re most likely to encounter in Southern Arizona:

 

Puncturevine

Puncturevine is a particularly notorious weed because of its sharp, spiny burs. The burs can hurt animals’ paws, puncture bike tires, and stick to clothing and shoes. Puncturevine is an extremely common outdoor weed, often taking root along the sides of roads and walkways.

 

Crabgrass

Often mistaken for Bermuda grass, crabgrass is a tough weed that can grow in almost any type of soil. Crabgrass is one of the weeds that homeowners are most likely to encounter, and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

 

Pigweed

Pigweed is a tall, leafy weed that can be found all over the world. Like other annual plants, pigweed grows and dies in a single season, but once the weed shows up in your yard, it’s not likely to disappear unless you take action.

 

Bur Clover

It’s not uncommon to find entire fields of bur clover, a small leafy plant spreading across yards in California and Arizona. But there’s nothing lucky about this clover In fact, it’s a particularly frustrating plant to get rid of, in part because of the sticky burs it uses to disperse its seeds.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass grows rapidly, and it can quickly overwhelm any yard. It isn’t always considered a weed. Many people use it in their lawns but it can be a particularly hardy nuisance if you don’t want it there.

 

Are you in need of professional weed control? Essential Pest Management offers a thorough weed control program that can eliminate even the toughest, most resilient weeds. You can schedule a consultation at your home in Tucson, Marana, or Oro Valley by calling (520) 886-3029