When you have bugs in your house, you often feel helpless. Whether you have roaches, spiders, ants or some types of bees and wasps, you often don’t know where they’re coming from and you really don’t know how to get rid of them.
Whenever you see a buzzing insect with a yellow and black body darting around your house or near a flower patch, you probably assume they are bees.
Some bees are almost identical to the naked eye, but on closer inspection, you may notice that the bugs are wasps (also called yellow jackets). The difference between types of bees can be a minute as the creatures flying patterns or the look of their abdomen.
Wasps are similar to honey bees, but they present a different set of challenges in trying to get rid of them. With a few facts, you will be able to accurately identify a European Honey Bee from their aggressive cousins, the Africanized Honey Bee.
The two types of wasps that are most commonly seen in San Diego and southwest Riverside counties are paper wasps and mud daubers.
Although they are generally not aggressive unless they are provoked or otherwise disturbed, These flying pests will build small nests made of mud on the sides of homes and other structures, which can be unsightly and messy to clean up and remove. Wasps also can swarm and inflict painful stings on people.
Wasps can appear similar to honeybees, but they have longer and more slender bodies. The easiest way to identify wasps is by seeing their nests on the bottom side of the eaves, soffits, and other unprotected areas of structures.
A wasp nest looks like a ball of mud tucked up underneath the eve. Mud daubers will attach mud nests to the sides of homes or inside wall voids while hornets may be found burrowing in soft soil.
When getting rid of a paper wasp nest, it is important to kill all of the adult wasps. Otherwise, the remaining wasps will quickly rebuild the nest and remain a problem.
Both species are capable of stinging multiple times and can emit a type of distress call if they feel the hive is endangered. When this happens it is likely that the entire hive will attack in unison and multiple stings can be dangerous to those even without allergies. For this reason alone, it is recommended that large infestations are best handled by a professional with the experience and resources to destroy the colony with limited risk.
Look for Quality Pro certification from the National Pest Management Association.
If a pest control company is QualityPro certified, this means they are one of the best professionals in the area and are committed to high-quality service and professionalism when it comes to bee and wasp removal in your home.