Wasp, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets, Oh My-FAQs About Bee Removal


If you own a home, chances are good that you’ll encounter some kind of pest problem in the future. After all, pest control service revenues in the U.S. were projected to reach $12.29 billion last year. Of all the pests that might invade your home, bees are the scariest for many people. Not only can they be a nuisance, but they can also present a big danger: bee stings can range from mildly painful to potentially deadly, so it’s not surprising that people worry about needing a bee removal service.

If you’ve noticed some creatures buzzing in and around your home more than usual, you might want to pay attention to some of the most common BFAQs (that’s Bee Frequently Asked Questions) we encounter.

Are certain places more likely to attract bee activity?
Bees are going to look for locations that are a good distance from the ground and are close to a water source. That can apply to many areas, including attics, chimneys, fences, holes, decks, and roofs. In addition, these creatures are more likely to set up shop in places that have served as homes in the past. When hives are left inside walls, eves, and chimneys, these little guys will be drawn there first. That’s why complete, professional removal is key.

Can I just leave the hive alone or kill the bees myself?
A hive isn’t going to go away on its own. In fact, the longer you leave it be (no pun intended), the worse the situation will be come. It’s also important to note that just killing the insects may not eliminate the problem and can actually create a worse one. Say there’s a bee hive already in your wall; if you just kill the culprits without removing the hive, that hive can actually attract other creatures like ants, moths, beetles, and rats. You could even have mildew in your home as the result of the fermentation. In general, this is a really bad idea. It’s far safer and more effective to call in a Tucson pest control specialist.

Is there a difference between wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets?
Yes! Hornets and yellow jackets are both types of wasps. There are nearly 30,000 different species of wasps in existence, many of which don’t sting. Unfortunately, hornets and yellow jackets are two of the stinging varieties. These stings can be extremely painful and dangerous, particularly for children and pets. A bee is quite different from a wasp, though. Wasps have a much more slender shape and are generally shiny. Bees are usually more circular and have hair on their bodies and legs. These different species are often lumped in together, especially when you need them removed from your property. But it’s important to work with a pest service that knows how to handle these animals properly and safely.

If you think you might be dealing with a bee infestation, you should never try to DIY. Instead, call a reputable pest removal service like Essential Pest Control. To find out more, contact us today.

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