Category Archives: Yellow Jackets

What Are Ground Bees?

Rather than a specific species, “ground bees” is actually a generic term that describes any bee or wasp species that builds its nest underground. A number of bee and wasp species colonize abandoned animal burrows, including bumble bees, sweat bees and yellow jackets, which are actually a type of wasp.

Most people notice the presence of ground bees when they see several bees hovering over an opening in their lawn or garden. Bees may also be seen flying into or out of a hole or crack in the ground. These stinging insects can post a serious hazard to unsuspecting adults, children and pets that stumble upon a nest while walking, working or playing outdoors. Even a small disturbance such as a rumbling lawn mower can send a swarm of angry ground bees rocketing out of an underground nest.

Disturbed bees often attack en masse; stinging their victims multiple times and posing a serious health threat even to people that are not allergic to their venom. Ground bees’ aggressive pursuit of their victims makes their removal critically important when they build their nests in New Jersey backyards or near the entrances to retail or commercial buildings.

Protect your family and your customers from ground bees. Call the bee and wasp removal and control experts at Stern Environmental.

Beware of Yellow Jacket Wasps This Summer

Check out the video clip in today’s Facebook post of the massive (6-ft. X 8-ft.) yellow jacket hive found in Florida. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what would happen if you stumbled on such a large hive of angry yellow jackets. A type of wasp, yellow jackets have straight stingers which means they can sting multiple times. A swarm of these extremely aggressive stinging insects can kill even if you are not allergic to their venom. Yellow jackets are responsible for most of the life-threatening bee and wasp attacks in the U.S.

Luckily for us, New Jersey winters are too chilly for wasps to overwinter which limits the size of their hives. With the exception of the queen, wasps die when cold weather hits. In the spring, the queen emerges from her underground lair to populate a new colony.

Unlike bees which typically feed on nectar, wasps are predatory carnivores that feed primarily on other insects, but will also eat carrion, fruit and plant nectar. The most aggressive stinging insect in the New York City and northern New Jersey areas, yellow jackets become increasingly aggressive as the summer moves into fall, often attacking without provocation.

If you find a yellow jacket hive on your property, don’t put yourself at risk. Call the bee and wasp control experts at Stern Environmental.