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Hornet or Yellow Jacket – How to Tell the Difference

Hornet or Yellow Jacket - How to Tell the Difference
Hornet or Yellow Jacket – How to Tell the Difference

Stinging pests are a serious problem for a lot of New Jersey homeowners. But most of the time, they’re not really sure what type of pest they’re dealing with. Hornets and yellow jackets are two of the pests that get confused the most.

Before contacting NJ yellow jacket control or hornet control, here’s how you can identify which pest is in your yard.

The Similarities Between Yellow Jackets and Hornets

Both yellow jackets and hornets are types of wasps. But people often refer to them as bees, which is incorrect. The stings of both are quite painful, but that’s where their similarities end.

The Differences Between Hornets and Yellow Jackets

In most cases, you can tell the difference by just looking at them closely. Yellow jackets have distinct black and yellow markings, like their names suggest. Hornets also have yellow marks but with a reddish-brown color instead of black.

Both pests can sting repeatedly, but the yellow jacket’s stinger has barbs and sometimes gets lodged in its victim. Like a bee’s stinger, if it gets left behind then the insect dies. Hornets, however, don’t lose their stinger and their stings tend to be more painful.

Contact a NJ Yellow Jacket Control Specialist for Help

Whether you’re dealing with hornets or yellow jackets, both are a menace this time of year. Stern Environmental has the expertise to rid you of them. Contact us today to learn more.

The Do’s and Don’ts of What to Do When In Vicinity of a Wasp

How to Deal With Living With Wasps as Neighbors
How to Deal With Living With Wasps as Neighbors

Surrounded by wasps in your yard? Don’t panic. There are ways to safeguard yourself and reduce the severity of a wasp attack. Learn the do’s and don’ts of dealing with wasps from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. 

What to Do If You’re Approached/Attacked by Wasps

– When approached by a wasp, keep calm and move slowly away.

– If you have to escape, leave in a straight line, be as quiet as possible, and try not to wave your arms.

– Do the best you can to protect your head and face. These areas are a frequent target of wasps.

What NOT to Do

When attacked by wasps, NEVER:

– Swat wasps or swing your arms, which makes wasps more aggressive.

– “Play dead” (wasps will just keep stinging).

– Use water for shelter (wasps will simply attack when you reemerge).

Ways to Reduce the Likelihood of Wasp Attack

– Keep your yard neat and clean.

– Keep food and drinks carefully contained/covered, especially sugary drinks.

– Wash your hands (and your kids’) free of sugars before going outside.

– Check for wasp activity before gardening, especially around fruit and sweet-smelling flowers, where wasps frequent. 

– Wear closed-toed shoes.

– Avoid wearing bright clothes and strong scents.

– Never approach or attempt to remove a wasp nest yourself.

Don’t get carried away. Deal with wasps quickly, avoiding large infestations and dangerous situations. Contact the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

What Property Managers Need to Know About German Yellow Jackets

What to Know About Yellow Jacket Wasps
What to Know About Yellow Jacket Wasps

Property managers have numerous responsibilities. If you’re a property manager, chances are you have a wide variety of tasks to complete on a daily basis. Unfortunately, German Yellow Jackets have no sympathy for your schedule and interrupt without the slightest provocation.

Rather than adding another burden to your overloaded shoulders, our Stern Environmental NJ Pest Control team helps you stay on task and takes German Yellow Jackets off your uninvited guest list!

Why Yellow Jackets Make Lousy House Guests

First of all, German Yellow Jackets don’t allow blocked entrances or closed doors to stop them from getting to a hive. They’ll eat through interior walls and invade other rooms to achieve their purpose. Blocked entries only encourage their resourcefulness. Likewise, sprayed insecticides are no deterrent because they will then seek another route.

Also, like guests that tend to overstay their welcome these uninvited pests don’t respond well to criticism. They’ll pursue their confronters for long distances when they feel their hive has been threatened.

Yellow jackets love to occupy homes that have been “lived-in” before. Previous nesting places for hives are open invitations for German Yellow Jackets. They like reinhabiting so they can focus more on colonizing – often in the thousands!

Stern Environmental’s NJ Pest Control Gets Pests to Buzz Off

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Tips to Having Your Backyard be Wasp-Free This Summer

Keep Wasps Out of Your Home and Garden
Keep Wasps Out of Your Home and Garden

Summertime means outdoor activities, cookouts, fun by the pool, and taking care of a vegetable or flower garden. While it’s entertaining to enjoy the many activities a backyard provides, one thing you don’t want to share the fun with is a stinging wasp.

To keep your yard wasp free takes a little planning but well worth it to keep NJ stinging insect control working at peak performance.

Safety is important when working with wasps. Unlike bees that don’t usually sting unless provoked or their nest is in danger, wasps don’t need a reason to attack.

Tips to Be Wasp Free

• Blend lemongrass, clove, and geranium essential oils with dish soap and water. Put in a spray bottle and apply to target areas where wasps congregate or where they’ve previously had a nest.

• Combine 2 tablespoons dish soap with water, place in a spray bottle and coat hanging nests.

• Planting a mint plant will help dissuade wasps in the garden. A more potent option is blending mint oil with water and applying to affected areas.

• Seal any cracks, holes, or crevices around doors, windows, siding, or the space where power lines or cables enter the home.

When you’ve done all you can to remove wasps but find you need the services of a NJ stinging insect control specialist, all you need to do is call the professionals at Stern Environmental and we’ll take care of it.

Indian Wasps May Contain a Hidden Secret for Treating Arthritis

Wasps May Actually Be Beneficial for Health
Wasps May Actually Be Beneficial for Health

There’s a lot to be said for using the services of NJ stinging insect control specialists, especially when it comes to wasps. For many, the sting of a wasp can send them to the emergency room. But there’s good news when it comes to wasps and the more than 100,000 species inhabiting the earth.

Wasps as Healers

In India, some wasps have a different position in the environment than what U.S. residents experience. Northeastern tribes in India use the stinging menaces as a medicinal treatment for joint pain.

Wasps are captured and prepared for consumption either by boiling or prepared by stir-frying along with vegetables. As strange as that sounds, eating insects is nothing new. In addition to wasps, other insects such as ants, bees, crickets, grasshoppers, even cockroaches, are consumed by humans. But only wasps are eaten to relieve arthritis.

Wasp Research

Researchers at the North East Institute of Science and Technology (Jorhat, India) have tested extracts from wasp larvae and found that they interact with two of the body’s enzymes. These enzymes are directly linked to eliminating molecules that trigger arthritis as well as other health-related issues.

While there’s medicinal potential for an extract of wasps to become an anti-oxidative treatment for health issues, if you have a wasp infestation, the first thing you’ll want is help from the NJ stinging insect control professionals, call Stern Environmental today and be wasp free tomorrow.