In an earlier post we learned about the yellow jacket and the paper wasps that we encounter in the Raleigh/Durham area. For this pest control blog post we will focus on hornets and bees, specifically the Bald Faced Hornet and the common Honey Bee.
Bald Faced Hornet
The Bald Faced Hornet is a bigger and bulkier insect than both the paper wasp and yellow jacket. hornet nest in tree It is black and white in color and most are around 3/4″ long. The bald faced hornet nest can be found hanging on tree limbs or sometimes attached to the bottom of an eave. The workers and queen are completely covered and are not visible except as they come and go out of the nest entrance. These insects can be aggressive and will protect their nests. Some nests can get as big as a basketball in size. Due to the nature of these stinging insects and the locations of their nests it is recommended to have a pest control professional treat bald-faced hornets t to prevent from being stung. The video below give an example of a bald faced hornet nest that was found and removed in a Raleigh home.
The last stinging insect that we will be talking about is the honey bee. This is one of the few insects that we as pest control operators do not deal with. Honey bees are small 1/2″, black and yellow striped, fuzzy flyers that you will see buzzing around your flowers and gardens during the summer time. The hive consists of a female queen with up to 60,000 worker bees. These bees can make a large amount of honey and honey comb which can make a mess if the hive is killed. Because they are such great pollinators and the issues that come along with getting rid of their nests (think of all the honey, ectoparasites, etc.) honey bees are best handled by a professional bee keeper who can many times relocate them to another area safely.
Thanks for taking the time to read our Raleigh Pest Control blog. As always if you have any pest control related questions never hesitate to give our office a call. Have a safe and happy summer!