Category Archives: Bees & Wasps

Have You Been “Dive-Bombed” by the Eastern Carpenter Bee Yet?

Dive-bombed? By a Bee? What Does That Mean? Find Out Here.
Dive-bombed? By a Bee? What Does That Mean? Find Out Here.

Bees are common summer nuisances that require help from Ocean County pest control services, but some are more alarming than others. Eastern carpenter bees are known for flying around people and even dive bombing them at times.

Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?

Eastern carpenter bees might make you nervous about how close they get to you when you’re outside, but they usually don’t sting. Male carpenter bees can’t sting at all. Females can sting, but they typically only do so if they feel threatened.

Carpenter bees mainly fly from flower to flower looking for pollen, although they don’t mind buzzing around people to get a closer look. Keep in mind that these bees can be a danger to your home, though.

Carpenter Bees and Wood Damage

Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to chew holes in wood in order to get inside and build nests. They don’t eat wood like termites do, but they can end up causing significant damage to wooden structures in homes. The holes they chew can also give homes an unsightly appearance, which can affect home value.

Getting rid of these bees is important in order to protect your home from damage. However, it’s crucial to do so carefully, so you don’t upset them.

Don’t let Eastern carpenter bees ruin your home this summer. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on our Ocean County pest control services.

Climate Change and Wasp Colonies, What’s the Connection?

Wasp's Pack a Nasty Punch... Let Us Deal With Them so You Don't Have to.
Wasp’s Pack a Nasty Punch… Let Us Deal With Them so You Don’t Have to.

Wasps are one of the most feared stinging insects that come out during the summer months. Since they normally hibernate during the cold seasons, what does climate change mean for these pests? Can we expect to have more of them around?

Invading New Territory

Climate change is having an impact on wasps in a couple of ways. Scientists have discovered that warmer temperatures make it easier for non-native wasp species to invade new territory. For example, Asian hornets made their way to the U.K. during the heat wave of 2016. Future heat waves could make it possible for this type of wasp to come back or to end up in other countries where they normally aren’t found.

Coming Out of Hibernation

Wasps are active mainly in the summer and they spend the winter months in hibernation. Cold weather doesn’t destroy these pests. In fact, spiders are the main threat to wasps during their hibernation. Scientists believe that warmer temperatures are generally more favorable for wasps, which might be good news for pest control companies in New Jersey. However, for people the warmer climate change may lead to regular increases of these stinging pests.

When you need the help of a pest control company in New Jersey to eradicate a wasp problem, count on Allison Pest Control. We have safe and effective methods of getting rid of wasps from your NJ property.

Honey-Bee-Eating Giant Asian Hornets Invade England

Save The Bees!
Save The Bees!

Warmer weather and climate change in general make it easy for invasive species to find new places to go. When it comes to stinging insects, humans aren’t the only ones who have to worry. Honeybees in the U.K. are likely to be facing a threat from giant Asian hornets.

These hornets have been seen in Tetbury, Gloucestershire so far, and they’re expected to be in Warwickshire by summer. Giant Asian hornets aren’t as much of a problem for people as they are for honeybees. These hornets are known for preying on honeybees, which could significantly reduce their populations. A decrease in honeybee populations can take a toll on local crops.

Experts have been making the public in the U.K. aware of the threat of giant Asian hornets for this summer. The general public in Warwickshire has been given opportunities to learn more about these hornets, such as how to identify them. They also have a chance to learn what to do if they spot any.

While you won’t have to call pest control companies in New Jersey for help with giant Asian hornets, there are other summer pests to be on the lookout for, such as wasps and bees.

If you have a wasp or bee problem, call Allison Pest Control for help. As one of the top pest control companies in New Jersey, we’ll provide you with prompt and reliable help.

Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad. Bees Are Quite Important To Agriculture.

Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad
Not All Stinging Insects Are Bad

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify what type of stinging insect you may have nesting on your property. Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and honey bees are most likely the ones you’ll encounter. Of these, bees are the most common species you’ll see during the summer months.

While the first three help to pollinate flowers and vegetables, honey bees are by far the primary pollinators for the majority of foods we eat, both directly and indirectly. By gathering nectar and pollen from flowers, the plants are properly pollinated so they can grow the fruits and vegetables that we eat. They certainly deserve our protection to the extent possible.

Common honey bees, about a half inch in size, are yellowish-brownish in color with black bands underneath. They typically build their nests inside walls or trees where their waxy nests hold the honey.

A relatively new species, the Africanized honey bee, is more aggressive in gathering and protecting its honey. They were developed in Brazil in the 1950’s when an African subspecies and a European subspecies were crossed. Smaller than the common variety, they typically build their nests in structures such as barbecue grills and utility boxes.

Stinging insects can be dangerous, so don’t risk handling them on your own. Call on our Freehold Exterminators to determine the type of infestation you have and let us take care of it safely. Call Allison Pest Control for safe bee removal.

Some Wasps Will Attack Bees to Get Honey

Guess Who Also Watches out for Wasps?
Guess Who Also Watches out for Wasps?

People aren’t the only ones who have to watch out for wasps and their painful stings. These pests have also been known to go after honey bee hives in order to get at the honey inside. In fact, bee keepers have to take extra precautions to protect their hives from these aggressive wasps.

Wasp Habits

Some species of wasps, including yellow jackets, multiply their numbers in the fall when the queen mates and then finds a safe place to spend the winter. The workers of the colony continue to buzz around searching for food and maintaining their nest until they die off during a hard freeze. As food gets scarce, these wasps develop an attitude and get desperate enough to invade beehives.

Wasp Prevention

Whether you’re a bee keeper or not, you don’t want to have these autumn wasps around your yard or home. They can be aggressive while looking for food, making them more likely to sting you. Since wasps can attack in numbers and sting more than once, it’s important to have Tom’s River pest control experts handle any infestations you have. They can do it safely, so you don’t have to worry about getting stung.

Don’t let wasps take over your yard. Contact Allison Pest Control, and our Tom’s River pest control professionals will get rid of them for you.

Feds Consider Declaring This Bee Endangered

Honey Bees
Even More Bees Make The Endangered List

Bothersome invading insects can have you calling pest control companies in Freehold for help, but there are some insects that require help and not elimination. Bee colonies in general are declining rapidly and the Federal Government is considering declaring the rusty-patched bumblebee endangered. As this type of bumblebee has vanished from 87% of its historic range, listing it as endangered could help restore its numbers.

Importance of rusty-patched bumblebee

The rusty-patched bumblebee pollinates apples, blueberries and other crops and was once a common inhabitant of the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. A few decades ago, rusty-patched bumblebee populations were up to 95% larger than they are now. Losing this type of bee, or any type of bee, endangers the food supply.

Preventing disappearance

Canada officially protected the rusty-patched bumblebee in an attempt to save it. They may have been too late as the bee has only been spotted at one site in 2005 and in 2009. This type of bee ranked fourth on the most common bumblebees in Canada during the 1970s-1980s and now it’s nearly disappeared.

Such statistics are why organizations like the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation want the bee put on the endangered species list. It represents a positive step toward protecting other bees including the honeybee that pollinates 1/3 of the world’s food supply.

Allison Pest is among the top pest control companies in Freehold and dedicated to safe, effective pest removal.