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Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know Part Two

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets - What You Need to Know
Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know

In our last post we talked about how you can properly identify hornets, wasps and yellow jackets. We also discussed how you can avoid an encounter with them on your property. Of course, sometimes these insects just get out of hand. When that happens, you need the help of NJ & NYC pest control experts.

Taking NJ & NYC Pest Control Into Your Own Hands

Far too many homeowners and business owners make the decision to remove wasps, hornets and yellow jackets themselves. This is a dangerous decision that could result in painful stings.

Destroying nests early on in their development can be effective. However, usually nests aren’t spotted until they’re well underway. You want to avoid doing any of the following:

  • Trying to flood nests under the ground with water
  • Pouring gasoline or kerosene on nests
  • Vacuuming a nest

Also, commercial traps may be little more than a waste of money. Professional pest control keeps you safe, and it gets the job done properly.

The Methods of Experienced Pest Control Pros

Hive removal is the most effective way to take care of your hornet, wasp or yellow jacket problem. The professionals at Stern Environmental understand the best ways to do this. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a worry-free summer without fear of being stung by any of these pests? We can make it happen for you!

If you have questions, please contact us right away!

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.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Hornet and a Wasp

The Wasps Advantage
Wasp Control

Both hornets and wasps strike fear into the hearts of many people. But the threat usually occurs only when nests are disturbed or when territory is infringed upon. Another common problem with hornets and wasps is that they often build their nests in inconvenient locations – near public meeting areas, around park benches and on children’s playgrounds. For the sake of communication between your company and NJ pest control services when you call for assistance, here is how to tell the  difference between a hornet and a wasp.

Appearance and Behavior

Wasps tend to have no body hair on their back. They look similar to a giant flying ant in that respect. They also have a thin, elongated body. The color of wasps varies between types, so you can’t really tell from the color if it is a wasp or a hornet. Be aware, though, that yellow wasps are more aggressive than, for example, the paper wasp. The paper wasp is very passive, and unlikely to sting passersby unless attacked first.

Color and Nesting Habits

Hornets are either black and white or reddish-brown in appearance. Hornets swarm and become very aggressive when their nest is disturbed. Hornet’s nests are always higher up, such as under building eaves. Wasp nests can be located in both high and low locations. You should always contact the NJ pest control experts to handle both hornet’s nests and wasp’s nests.

Wasp Hive Removal Is a Job for Pest Control Pros

Their painful stings make wasps an insect to be treated with respect. While only female wasps sting, their straight stingers allow these stinging insects to sting repeatedly. Wasp stings are painful and may cause severe redness and swelling, as well as life-threatening allergic reactions. Even people who are not allergic to their sting can suffer life-threatening respiratory distress if swarmed and stung multiple times by angry wasps.

Wasps may build their hives in trees, between evergreen boughs, behind signs and shutters, under boards and other yard debris and even underground in abandoned animal burrows. The vibrations created by a lawn mower are enough to send any insects shooting out of an underground nest where they can attack home owners, children and pets. A hive behind a wall sign can pose a stinging risk to business employees or retail customers.

The danger these stinging insects present makes do-it-yourself wasp hive removal dangerous. If you discover a wasp hive on your property, do not attempt to spray and antagonize these pests. Call a licensed New Jersey pest control professional for prompt and safe wasp hive removal. For the safety of our residential and commercial customers, Stern Environmental provides 24-hour bee and wasp hive removal services. We also offer wasp control services to help keep your property wasp-free.