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Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know Part One

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets - What You Need to Know
Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know

Hornets, wasps and yellow jackets are a big problem for many in our area. They build nests rather quickly, and become territorial once they do. Their stings are painful, and if you’re a homeowner or a business owner, they can cause a lot of issues for your property.

At Stern Environmental, we’d like to take some time and give you some more information about these pests. It’s important to know how to identify them, how to prevent them, and most of all, how to get rid of them. If you’re in need of NJ & NYC pest control, we can certainly help you with that.

Identifying Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets

These words are often used to describe the same insects, but they’re all really quite different. For instance:

Hornets – Their bodies are black with pale yellow markings. They’re not aggressive at all.

Wasps – Their bodies are slim with legs that hang down. They will sting when they feel attacked.

Yellow Jackets – Their bodies are shiny and sleek, and they deliver painful stings.

  • Preventing Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets

There are several steps you can take to prevent attacks from these pests. You can:

  • Inspect areas outside for nests
  • Avoid perfumes or colognes
  • Wear light-colored clothing outside

Of course, sometimes these insects need to be controlled. Your NJ & NYC pest control specialists at Stern Environmental are always here to lend a hand. Contact us right away!

“What’s Biting Me?” Tips to Diagnosing Bug Bites

It’s bug season on the east coast, so ask yourself what’s the nearest pest control service near me. Unfortunately, it’s also the time for bug bites. Most everyone at some time, is going to get bitten by a bug, and although we can’t cover every single bug that might bite you, here is what to look for to determine what’s biting you.

• Mosquito Bite — Generally a big red itchy welt. Probably the most common bite of all.

• Tick Bite — You’ll usually find a tick attached to your skin when they bite. After the bite, if you have a big red bulls-eye type of welt, it may be a sign of Lyme’s Disease.

Wasp/Bee Sting — Swelling in the area with a tiny red dot in the middle.

• Flea Bites — Generally a cluster of little reddened bites.

Bed Bug Bites — Itchy red bites that don’t usually swell, usually on the shoulders and arms.

• Chigger Bites — Itchy red welts near the feet or ankles. They stay attached for a day or two, so you may catch one in the act.

• Spider Bites — A brown recluse will leave a flattened red mark where it bit, while a black widow will leave fang marks. If bitten by either spider, seek medical assistance immediately.

When asking what’s the best pest control near me, the answer is Stern’s Environmental. For any questions about bug bites, bugs and how to get rid of them, contact Stern’s.

Spring Means Bees and Wasps Will Emerge Soon – What You Should Know

Sting Insects
Stinging Insects

The term “busy bee” is appropriate as the buzzing bundles of bizziness are at their peak as spring rolls in and temperatures warm up.

Bees aren’t the only flying pests that make their presence known during the hotter months. Wasps and hornets are also making travel plans to set up housekeeping in your yard.

Add fire ants to the seasonal pests and you have the perfect storm of stinging insects crawling or flying hither and yon. That’s why NJ pest control services are busy during the spring keeping yards free and clear of stinging insects.

Some people have allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings, This can be a dangerous situation as a sting could put them in the emergency room. For them, it’s best to avoid attempting to remove nests.

Some springtime pests pose health risks as well, such as mosquitoes which are carriers of the West Nile virus and the Zika virus.

Insects can also pose problems to property. Bees can build a hive behind the walls of your home or in the eaves. Carpenter bees destroy wood resulting in structural damage.

If you have a stinging insect infestation on your property, it’s highly recommended to call a NJ pest control service as they have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to remove the insects safely.

For help with stinging insect infestation, contact the staff at Stern Environmental Group to schedule an appointment.


Is Your Business Protected from Stinging Insect Lawsuits?

Stinging Insect Lawsuits
Stinging Insect Lawsuits

Many business owners are very careful about making sure their properties are safe from hazardous issues that could result in the injury of one of their staff members or a customer. However, far too many of them don’t think about the possible lawsuits that could arise from stinging insects that were not removed properly.

Provoking Bees

Most bees don’t bother humans unless they are provoked. However, they may feel threatened if someone walks too close to their nests. Children will also often play carelessly around bees nests that they don’t realize are close by. The result can be painful stings, which sometimes result in allergic reactions.

Fatal Bee Stings

A person who has never been stung by a bee might not be aware of an allergy. Allergic reactions are worse when a person is stung many times, as is often the case when that person inadvertently stumbles upon a beehive. The result can be severe itching, difficulty breathing or even death.

As a business owner, it’s important to ensure that your property remains free from all potential problems, and in the spring and summer, that means it’s time to think about removing beehives.

When it comes to commercial pest control and dealing with unwanted bees, it’s best to leave things in the hands of a professional. To make an appointment with us, contact us today.

Don’t Spray That Bee or Wasp Nest!

Stinging Insect Nest
Stinging Insect Nest

When you come upon a bee or wasp nest, one of the first responses most people have is getting out the spray to kill them before getting rid of the nest. However, before you pick up that can, there are a few things you should consider before taking matters into your own hands.

You Probably Lack Information

Many people aren’t sure about the different types of bees or wasps, so they don’t know what they’re dealing with when they spray a nest. Stinging insect nests can actually be built into a structure, so removing them is often a job for a professional.

Bees Can Be Good for the Environment

Killing honeybees is never a good idea because we need them! These bees pollinate our flowers, and help keep our world beautiful. If relocation is a possibility, it’s always best to explore it. Other bees may need professional extermination. But, you may not know which type of bee (beneficial or problematic) you have.

You Risk Getting Stung

Some bees don’t sting, but many of them do. When bees feel threatened, they’re likely to sting you, or anyone around you. Bee stings can result in an allergic reaction even if you’ve never had one before.

When it comes to pest control, it’s best to leave bees and other stinging insects in the hands of professionals. If you have a bee problem on your property, a professional pest control expert can attack the problem safely and quickly. For more information on our bee control services, please contact us today.