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Clemson University: Social Bees and Wasps Life Cycle and Behavior – Part Two

What You Need to Know About Bees and Wasps
What You Need to Know About Bees and Wasps

During the summer months, Ocean County NJ pest control companies handle many cases of bee and wasp problems. Understanding the behavior of these social insects can help you learn what to expect if you have them on your property.

Feeding

Adult social wasps mainly feed on fruits, nectar and other sugar sources. They also catch other insects and spiders for their young to feed on. Keep in mind that some yellow jackets can get aggressive toward people when food and drinks are around outside in late summer and fall. Social bees feed on pollen and nectar from flowers and don’t bother people when food is around.

Nesting

Social wasps build nests by chewing wood and mixing it with their saliva. This creates a paper-like pulp, which forms the material for their nests. These wasps sometimes build nests underground or in cavities, such as attic spaces or voids within walls. Others build their nests in the open, such as under eaves.

Honey bees build honey combs out of wax, and are usually found in trees. Bumble bees often build their wax nests in underground spaces, such as abandoned rodent nests or in trees and inside walls if they manage to get inside homes.

If you need help from Ocean County NJ pest control companies for bees or wasps, contact Allison Pest Control. Our pest control experts can safely remove bee and wasp nests.

Clemson University: Social Bees and Wasps Life Cycle and Behavior – Part One

What You Need to Know About Bees and Wasps
What You Need to Know About Bees and Wasps

Some bees and wasps prefer living a solitary life, but others are known for being social. Social wasps include yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets, which keep Middlesex County NJ pest control companies busy in summer. Social bees include honey bees and bumble bees. So, how long do these insects live?

Social Wasps

Most social wasps only live for one year. The exception is the colony’s queen, who finds shelter during the winter months, then emerges in spring to build a nest. After laying her eggs, the new workers that hatch help to maintain the nest. A new queen eventually takes over, while the old queen and other members of the colony die off as temperatures drop in fall.

Social Bees

Bumble bees have a similar life cycle to social wasps. Fertilized females make their way to hibernation sites to spend the winter months, while males and other workers die when the temperatures fall. A queen emerges in spring and lays eggs that produce a new family of worker bees. Honey bees have colonies that typically last for more than a year. The queen and some workers survive the winter months by clustering together for heat.

If social bees or wasps are causing problems on your property, please contact Allison Pest Control. As one of the leading Middlesex County NJ pest control companies, we’ll take care of stinging pests in your yard safely and effectively.

Four Tips to Prevent Bee Stings

How to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings
How to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings

Warmer temperatures mean you and your family will most likely be spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, this time of year is also when bees are active. While honeybees can be beneficial for plants and flowers, you don’t want yourself or your family members getting stung. Use these tips to prevent bee stings.

Wear Darker Colors

Light colors attract bees, so it’s better to wear clothes with darker colors when you go out during summer. You should also avoid wearing clothes with floral patterns.

Skip the Scents

Perfumes, soaps, lotions and other scented products typically attract a curious bee or two. Avoid wearing products that give off a scent, especially if it’s a sweet or floral one.

Keep Drinks Covered

If you’re drinking soda, juice or another sweet beverage, make sure it’s covered when you’re outside. A bee can fly into cans or other containers, and you might not notice that it’s in there when you take a sip.

Clean Up Trash

Keep your yard free of trash, especially bits of food that might encourage bees to hang around on your property. Trash should be secured in a garbage can that’s closed, so these pests can’t get inside.

If you have a bee problem in your yard, please contact Allison Pest Control. Our pest control professionals can get rid of these pests on your property in a safe manner and take steps to prevent additional infestations.

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.

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.

New Wasp Species Gets a Celebrity Name

The Brad Pitt Wasp
The Brad Pitt Wasp

Not all wasps are pests. Although we think of wasps as a nuisance, in many parts of the world and even in the US, wasps are actually quite good at controlling other pests. Sometimes, after their discovery, a new species is given a celebrity name.

Meet Conobregma bradpitti

This particular South African wasp was discovered by the University of Thailand. It is a type of wasp that becomes a parasite on harmful moth and butterfly larvae. They lay their eggs into the host, which then begins to harden and acts like a wasp cocoon. Fully grown wasps emerge and the cycle begins again. For the wasp family of insects, this one is a beneficial predator.

Brad Pitt

University researcher, Buntika A. Butcher, was allowed to name the wasp and she choose C bradpitti because of the long hours of research spent under a poster of … you guessed it … Brad Pitt.

It just goes to show you that being famous has its perks, even to the point of getting a wasp named after you. You’ve gotta love it!

For NJ pest control at its finest, if you have any questions about wasps of any type, where to look for them and what to do, please contact Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection, and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.