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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.

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.


Swarming Bees Are Unwelcome House Guests

Stinging Insects Got You Crazy?
Stinging Insects Making You Crazy?

What would you do if your New Jersey home was suddenly overcome with swarming bees coming through your home’s ceiling and floorboards? A British family was recently confronted with this nightmare scenario come to life.

For more than a year, Marie Riley and her two sons shared a peaceful co-existence with a hive of bees in the chimney of their Silverdale home. That changed in late May when overpopulation drove many of the bees to flee their home for roomier quarters. After swarming around the Riley home, they set up camp in a conifer tree in the back garden.

Marie decided the time had come to remove the bees permanently. Both her sons are hearing-impaired, and she feared they wouldn’t hear the warning buzz of approaching bees. She notified her landlord of the issue and he enlisted professional help. They set up a scaffold to reach any bees that were hanging around the top of the house. Most of the bees were humanely removed by a trained beekeeper.

Don’t let bees or any other pests threaten the peace and safety of your New Jersey home. Our professionally trained experts will quickly and safely remove any trace of your home invaders. Visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive pest control services.

NJ Home Owners: Get Ready for Carpenter Bee Season

Honey Bees
Bee Season

When bee season is in full bloom, home owners can expect a variety of problems the biggest one being the carpenter bee whose favorite pastime is burrowing into wood.

As late spring blends into early summer, carpenter bees will make their presence known, one way or another. While the larger male bee may plan diversionary tactics and terrorize you, your friends and family, and outdoor pets should you approach their home base, it’s the females who get an attitude and provide the stinging action.

The sting is very painful and serious for those with allergic reactions to bee stings and another good reason to contact the professional technicians at Stern Environmental Group for assistance.

Carpenter bees love to create tunnels in wood that is susceptible to chewing such as damaged or weathered pieces. Once they create their network, the bees set up their burrows within the wood and set up household.

With all the chewing and tunneling, it is pretty clear by doing a visual inspection of the exterior portions of the wood on your home, garage, shed, or carport, that these flying, stinging insects can wreak havoc that can lead to costly wood replacements and repairs to the affected areas.

When bees begin to buzz, it’s time to contact the professionals at Stern Environmental Group for answers and help. During bee season, you’re going to need more than a fly swatter to tackle bee infestations.

How Do You Know if You Have a Honeybee Infestation?

Honey Bees
Honey Bees

Honeybees are necessary to the environment. They play a pivotal role as part of the pollination cycle that makes the world go round. Unfortunately, it has come to light that there is a significant decrease in their population and this is a cause for concern.

Because of this, it’s important to have a honeybee infestation situation where large colonies exist carefully identified by professionals like the Stern Environmental Group. Honeybees are protected by law, if the Stern Environmental professionals identify your problem as a honeybee infestation, they will recommend you contact a beekeeper for colony relocation. Don’t try to treat these beneficial insects as problem pests.

Signs of Honeybee Infestation

There are several signs to look for to help determine in there is an infestation on your property or in your home.

  • An infestation occurs when you see an excessive amount of bees building nests in numerous locations throughout your property.
  • Active nests can be found in trees, under the eaves of your home, garage, or shed, in the attic, or nestled and hidden in wall voids.
  • Honeycombs inside wall structures that have been only partially removed will still have honey which will eventually decompose. As the honey degrades, it emits an unpleasant odor that infiltrates the home.
  • Degrading honey inside walls will also leak leaving dark spots on ceilings and walls.

Contact our office with any questions and we’ll set up an appointment to visit your property and determine a course of action.