BEES AND WASPS
Wasp control is included in the Evolve Pest Control basic service agreement. Removing a hive or honey bees, however, requires a bit more finesse, so there is a small additional fee associated with that.
Bees, wasps, hornets, etc. are found around pools and gardens in the summer months and can be irritating. And if you have allergies, they can be downright dangerous. Some people may have allergic reactions to stings. In severe allergic reactions, you could have trouble with breathing or lots of swelling. If this is the case seek medical help immediately. Some reactions may be severe enough to lead to death. If you aren’t allergic, most stings are just painful and irritating with local redness and swelling.
If you get swarmed, however, that’s another story. 10 stings per pound of body weight in a child and 100 stings per pound of body weight in an adult can be fatal. If you are being chased by a swarm of bees, try to outrun them. They can’t fly quickly for long. Do not jump into water to escape. You could drown, and they also will wait for you to resurface. If you can’t outrun them, try to find something like a blanket or towel to cover your body (especially your head and face). If you can’t find anything, pull your shirt up over your head. It’s much less severe on the trunk of your body than your face. Look for shelter. But your best bet really is to run away.
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Honey Bees are between half to three-fourths of an inch long. They are fuzzy and are golden yellow and black in color. They rarely sting unless they are feeling very threatened. If they are swarming (you see thousands of bees clumped together in a group), leave them alone and contact a professional. They will be aggressive (aka intensely defending themselves) if they feel threatened in this state. They may only sting one time and then their stinger comes out of their body into your skin and they die. When they leave the stinger in your skin, there is a little sack of poison on the end, so don’t try to pull it out or you will squeeze more poison into your skin. Instead use something hard and flat (like a credit card) to scrape the stinger off. Some people may be allergic to bee stings and should get medical help, if needed. They nest in protected cavities, like hollow trees and they may have as many as 60,000 bees in a colony. Many people have honeybee hives as they help their gardens flourish and they get wonderful honey in return. Honeybees greatly help our agriculture and economy and should not be killed. If you have honey bees in your yard that you would like removed, we would be happy to help you move them to another location away from your property. But we have a policy of not killing these creatures. We will not knowingly harm any honeybees. A couple of fun facts about bees: They can see ultraviolet lights that are invisible to our human eyes. Honeybees also are one of the only insects (the other is the cockroach) who seem to make decisions about where to make their next home by using voting and quorums.
Africanized honeybees, or killer bees, are all over Southern Nevada. It is a cross of the African and European honeybees. They are still honey producers and great for our flowers, plants and food. It is incredibly hard to tell the difference between a honeybee and killer bee. They will simply attack much more readily if disturbed and they swarm in large numbers. They will chase a target up to a quarter mile.
Bumble Bees are between half an inch to an inch long. They are fat, little, hairy, and like the wasp, they can sting repeatedly. They usually build their nests inside preexisting materials like rotting wood or insulation in the walls.
Yellowjacket Wasps are around half an inch long and have yellow and black in coloring. Their nests are made of a papery material from plant fiber and are cone-shaped. They are usually found hanging from trees or buildings, but can also be found underground. There can be several thousand wasps per hive. They are most aggressive in the late summer. They can sting repeatedly. An interesting fact about yellowjackets is that when they are killed, they will release a pheromone that tells other yellowjackets in the area they are in trouble. In less than 15 seconds, all the yellowjackets in the area will come to its aid. So it may be unwise to kill one close to its hive. Wasps (in general) are also known to sleep for months at a time while hanging by their teeth.
Umbrella Wasps are about one inch long and skinnier than yellowjackets. They are mostly yellow with a little black on them. They get their name from the type of hives they build. Their nests are umbrella-shaped and made of papery material often under a roof overhang or similar area. You can see a layer of exposed cells from underneath it. They have small colonies (only one or two hundred at most) and they rarely sting.
Mud Dauber Wasps are just over an inch long. They have a long, thin area where their waist would be. They are typically all black with a few yellow areas. Each wasp builds its own nest out of mud. They almost never sting and don’t seem to protect their home. They feed on spiders.
Bald Faced Hornets are about three-fourths of an inch long and have black and white coloring. They build papery, cone-shaped nests in bushes, trees, and on buildings. Their nests can get very large (up to two feet in diameter). They rarely bother people unless their nest is disturbed, then they are very aggressive. They can sting repeatedly.
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