Category Archives: Stinging Insects

What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets

What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets
What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets

Spring has sprung, and with it pests are pouring forth. Among the most dreaded: Yellow jackets. These troublesome wasps are feared by homeowners, who look to NJ pest control pros for help dealing with these aggressive pests, which are capable of stinging repeatedly.

Be on the Lookout for Spring Yellow Jacket Nests

You’ll find the paper-mache-like nests of these wasps in the ground and around homes and other structures, such as animal burrows, attics, crawlspaces, and other wall voids and enclosed cavities. Constructed of a mix of wasp saliva and chewed, weathered wood, the layers of yellow jacket nests are camouflaged with surroundings and often unrecognized as the hazard they present.

Avoid Attracting these Pests

Yellow jackets feed on meat from garbage and animal carcasses, as well as sugars from fruit, sweetened beverages, and beer, bringing them into frequent contact with humans. These sugars support new developing queens in late summer, the only members of the colony that survive the winter.

Control the Pests

Never plug wasp nests in an outside wall. This can force wasps into living areas. The best method of treatment is registered insecticide dust. This is spread directly at the opening of the nest, where wasps pick up and transport the dust to others, destroying the colony.

Get yellow jackets to buzz off. Ensure a safe home with the help of the NJ pest control professionals at Stern Environmental today.

What to Know about Hornets and Their Life Cycle

What to Know About Hornet Attacks
What to Know About Hornets

One outdoor pest many people have experience with is the hornet. An old saying about “stirring up a hornet’s nest” is the last thing you want to do.

About Hornets

There are around 20 species of hornets found worldwide. That’s a lot of buzzing going on around the world. They’ve made their presence known in Asia, Africa, Europe, and here at home in North America.

Head of Household

There’s no debate when it comes to the “leader of the pack.” That would be the queen. She is the domineering force and responsible for reproducing.

Other females have tasks such as providing protection for the colony, taking care of the young, construction, and food gathering.

The male has only one specific job and that is to mate with the reigning queen; then he dies.

Hornet Life Cycle

Winter usually finds young queens along with their eggs in protected areas to weather the season. During the spring, the queens begin the process of nest building, followed by directing their workers to take over the chores.

She will continue to reproduce to ensure more workers as well as breed a new generation of drones (males) and queens.

NJ pest control services are a good way to prevent hornets from setting up household in your yard and home. When hornets are making a pest of themselves, it’s best to contact the NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental.

Attack Pheromones Stimulate Mass Hornet Attacks – What to Know

What to Know About Hornet Attacks
What to Know About Hornet Attacks

When the weather is beautiful, it can be a real pleasure to be outdoors. Whether you’re working in the garden, mowing the lawn, or just relaxing with a cool beverage on the patio. The problem is, there may be stealth-like flying insects hovering nearby.

Hornets and Pheromones

Hornets aren’t an insect you want to make angry as they become aggressive when threatened. This can lead to a stinging fray that can leave you worse for wear. When faced with a hornet population, you need the help of a NJ pest control service.

While a single sting may not be an issue repeated stings can be, especially for those with allergic reactions. When a hornet feels in jeopardy, it isn’t just the one that will be on the defense.

Hornets are social. This means just one can incite action among the entire nest by releasing an attack pheromone. If the hornet is killed, it can still release the pheromone. If the scent of the pheromone comes into contact with your clothes or skin, this can cause an attack. When this happens, it can lead to repeated stings to you and anyone or anything else, like pets, that may be nearby.

For help with hornets and their nests, the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental have the knowledge and equipment to deal with the situation safely. Schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest.

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property
How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

When bees, hornets, or wasps invade your home’s structure, it’s important to address the situation as quickly as possible. Removing stinging insects is not something you want to attempt and why contacting a NJ pest control service is necessary.

Eliminating the “Sweet Zones” of Your Home

Most everyone has come across a beehive, wasp or hornet’s nest dangling from the eave of a roof or seen the insects flying in and out of crevices in a wall’s exterior. These “sweet spots” are the perfect location when bees, hornets, and wasps are on the lookout for prime real estate locations to build their nests.

One way to make the prospective location a less than desirable building spot is to apply a bug spray specifically formulated for these three insects. If there are no signs, yet, of any insect activity, spray along the eaves, around windows and doors, and any other place you’ve previously seen the insects. Douse the areas thoroughly so the scent will dissuade the insects from building.

If bees, wasps, or hornets have already set up a residence, contact a NJ pest control service immediately.

At Stern Environmental, we take our job seriously to provide the best services available. If you’re experiencing a hornet, bee, or wasp problem, our NJ pest control technicians are trained specialists who can take care of the situation. Call to set up an immediate appointment and be sting free.

Hive Identification – How to Know What Bee or Wasp is Inside

Why Are Hornets a Serious Problem for Businesses and Home Owners?
How to Know If a Bee or Wasp is Inside a Hive?

The thing wasps, hornets, carpenter bees, yellow jackets, and other insects have in common is their ability to strike panic in some people. You probably have a friend or relative who begins waving their arms wildly and running away if they spot a bee anywhere near them.

A healthy respect for bees and wasps is a good thing, but a strong feeling of anxiety at the mention of bees or sight of bees is known as Apiphobia. Be informed and proactive about protecting your property from all types of pests. The following information from the NJ pest control experts at Stern can help you identify bees and wasps by their hive.

Identifying nests and hives

The familiar football-shaped nests with smooth sides house hornets. These insects tend to eliminate other bees and flies from their area and their sting is very dangerous to any person allergic to their venom.

A grey-colored open nest with hexagonal cells is common under eaves and overhangs. These are home to paper wasps. Yellow jackets like to build their nests in old tree stumps, ground cavities, and other structures. You will likely see their constant activity near the openings of yellow jacket nests.

You can avoid many of the problems associated with stinging insects by contacting the NJ pest control professionals at Stern Environmental Group. We will develop a pest control plan that is ideal for your situation and budget.