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Do You Have Bees, Wasps, or Hornets Around Your Home?

Bees play a vital role in the world, by helping to fertilize plants and crops. However, when bees decide to make a hive near or around your home or business, things can get very dangerous, and quickly!

There are many different types of bees found around the greater St. Louis area, and all pose different threats. Wasps and honey bees can be mistaken for one another because both insects are capable of giving painful stings. While honey bees can attack when provoked, wasps are naturally more aggressive predators. The presence of many bees, wasps or hornets flying around your home or the observance of a nest, is the main indicator of a problem!

Bees can be very dangerous to all humans and animals, however, they can be deadly to people who are allergic to bee stings. In fact, some of the more aggressive bees can cause hospitalization!

If you see any swarms of bees flying around your home or business, or see any nests hanging in trees, on the side of your home, or in the ground, it is best to call a professional bee removal company! Stay Safe with West County Pest Control!

Bees

Common Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

Appearance: Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees in both size and color. Their abdomens are all black, with few yellow hairs and measure about 1" long.

Habitat: Carpenter bees get their name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries where they raise their young. In natural habitats, they live in logs and dead tree limbs, while around homes they target bare wood decks, fences and window sills. They prefer weathered or bare wood to painted wood. Like carpenter ants, the softer or more rotten the wood is, the more attractive it is to these bees. While they do not pose a public health threat, their nest building does damage wood.

Appearance: Black with white pattern on face and abdomen; large, about 1 inch long

Habitat: Bald-faced hornets are relatives of the yellowjacket. Unlike yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets do not build nests inside the walls or attics of buildings. They construct their nests on the branches of trees and shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds and other structures. These wasps will aggressively attack and sting any intruder threatening or disturbing its nest. Because of their aggressive nature, be sure to call a professional.

Bald Faced Hornet
Bald Faced Hornet
Paper Wasps
Paper Wasps

Appearance: Brownish with yellow markings; most species are about 1" long.

Habitat: Paper wasps are easily identified by their nest—a round, upside-down paper cone that hangs from a horizontal surface in a protected location. Most paper wasp nests are located in exposed areas beneath soffits, in the corners of windows, under awnings, under porches and beneath decks. Paper wasps often enter attics through holes in the soffits, attic vent screens and underneath shingles.

Appearance: Golden yellow with black markings; most species are about 3/8 to 5/8" in length.

Habitat: Yellow jackets are found near humans most of the time and are most active in late sumner and early autumn when a colony is at its peak.

Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jacket