Tag Archives: Stinging Insects

Some Bees Build Nests Underground – What to Know

Some Bees Build Nests Underground - What to Know
Some Bees Build Nests Underground – What to Know

For many people, the idea of nesting bees usually brings to mind a vision of a beehive with resident bees buzzing in, out, and around the opening. This is true of some, but other bee species prefer the ground to set up their nests.

Signs of Ground Nesting

One prolific species found in the midwestern and northeastern portions of North America is Colletes. This busy bee is a loner, meaning the female takes care of constructing her nest. While she is considered to be solitary, it is not uncommon for a multitude of females to build their nests’ side by side.

In this case, you may find small mounds of soil or sand with a hole in the middle where the female lays her eggs. Depending on the landscape, the nests may be visible.

The Handling of Bees

Not all bees can sting. For example, the male Colletes inaequalis does not have a stinger, and the female uses her stinger only if being attacked.

Bees serve an important ecological service in providing pollination for fruit, trees, and flowers. Therefore, using chemicals to eliminate them is not always the best option. NJ pest control specialists are aware of this and take precaution when removing bees from a property.

For information about bee removal, the type of services we provide, and an inspection, contact Stern Environmental. Our NJ pest control experts handle problems quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Why Are Hornets a Serious Problem for Businesses and Home Owners?

Why Are Hornets a Serious Problem for Businesses and Home Owners?
Why Are Hornets a Serious Problem for Businesses and Home Owners?

We see them all the time whenever we’re outdoors; insects. Whether crawling, walking, or flying, Mother Nature has provided a smorgasbord of insects for us to share the environment.

This works out fine unless we happen to get in the way of one of these social species: the hornet.

About the Hornet

There are two genera; Vespa (22 species ) and Provespa (3 species). The Provespa species, unlike the Vespa, are nocturnal. In North America, the European Vespa hornet is most prevalent.

Hornets are often confused with yellowjackets due to their similarity in appearance. Their distinguishable characteristics include a distinctive head and an elongated rounded abdomen. In size, some species can grow to over two inches long.

Stirring Up a Hornet’s Nest

There’s an old saying about “stirring up a hornet’s nest,” which means when applied to a human situation you want to avoid causing trouble. When applied to hornets, this is something you don’t want to do deliberately for any reason. They’re already an aggressive species without any provocation, but when their nests are in danger, they become even more so and attack anything in sight including humans and pets.

Due to their aggressiveness, hornet nest removal is best left to a professional service with trained staff and appropriate solutions. At Stern Environmental, our hornet nest removal process will rid your home or commercial building of these unwanted pests. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Tips to Preventing Customer Bee and Wasp Stings on Your Restaurant’s Patio

Identifying Hornets and Their Nests Can Help Reduce Stings.
Identifying Hornets and Their Nests Can Help Reduce Stings.

NJ restaurant bee and wasp abatement is a critical step in keeping your customers sting free. While patrons dining in the restaurant’s patio area might like a little “bite” to their meal, there’s no doubt they’d rather it be in their food than on their bodies.

Types of Stinging Pests

The following are known problem makers due to their attraction to nearby nesting places (eaves, trees) and accessibility to food, fragrances, bright colors, and proteins.

  • Honeybees
  • Bumblebees
  • Paper Wasps
  • Yellowjackets
  • Hornets

Single Stings versus Multiple Stings

Whether a customer is stung once by a honeybee or multiple times by a single aggressive wasp, it causes pain to the victim. In the case of those who are allergic to bee stings, it can be a fatal situation if an antitoxin isn’t administered within minutes of the incident. For restaurateurs with outside dining, the possibility of this type of situation should be avoided at all costs.

Bees and wasps usually stick to themselves, but if provoked, or their hunt for food takes them to your customers, stings may be part of your diner’s menu. Avoid attempting removal of hives or honeycombs yourself. Leave that to the professionals.

If you’re in need of NJ restaurant bee and wasp abatement service, Stern Environmental has the personnel and equipment to keep the buzz at bay. Give us a call if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment

The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment
The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment

The warmer months are here, and that means the bees are out. Hopefully, your children are enjoying the nice weather, and you are too. Still, you need to know how to treat bee stings when they happen. You also should know how to prevent your family and loved ones from getting stung. The Mayo Clinic has some great information that you will find quite helpful. Keep in mind that if you’re in need of NJ & NYC pest control, we’re here to help.

Treating Bee Stings

For mild reactions to bee stings, remove the stinger immediately. You can use your fingernails or tweezers to do this. Wash the area and apply an ice pack or a cold compress.

For moderate reactions to bee stings, do all of the above, and also take Ibuprofen or another pain reliever. This will help manage pain and keep the swelling down. You may want to elevate the area or apply an ointment if it itches.

Preventing Bee Stings from Happening

Stay calm if you come across a bees’ nest in your yard. Walk away from it slowly. Also, wearing closed-toed shoes will protect you from getting stung on your feet. You should take care to remove anything from your yard that might attract bees.

NJ & NYC pest control is your best option when dealing with bees. Here at Stern Environmental, we’re happy to help. Please contact us for immediate assistance.

Bald Faced Hornets 101

Hornet Control
Hornet Control

A species of the wasp family and related to the yellowjacket, the bald-faced hornet isn’t a big bug – it tops off at just ¾ inch long – but it carries a big sting.

Easy to identify through its black-and-white markings, this hornet prefers highly wooded areas like meadows, forests and parks. But you may find a nest of bald-faced hornets almost anywhere around your home: in trees and shrubs, in windows and attics, and under stumps and logs. Look for a pear-shaped nest that measures up to 14 inches in diameter.

These insects provide a service as predators of flies, caterpillars and spiders, but once they have established their nest near your home, you are at risk for stings from this highly aggressive and territorial hunter.

The sting
The sting of the bald-faced hornet is similar to that of bees and wasps. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the sting site; if you are allergic to bee stings you may also be extra-sensitive to the venom of this yellowjacket species.

Stay safe
If you wish to rid your home of bald-faced hornets, the best option is not to attempt to fight off the powerful hive by yourself. Provoking these wasps can get you stung in a hurry.

Instead, call on the insect control experts in NYC and NJ, where you’ll find 24-hour emergency services and comprehensive wasp control that uses proven processes that rid your home of stinging insects but do not put your family or pets at risk.