Bees, Hornets and Wasp

Although bees can be beneficial to our environment by providing us pollination and Honey, there are some Hornets and Wasp that can be dangerous to our homes and our families.

First identification of the insect and weather they are in a pattern that would intrude into our environments and cause us bodily harm by stinging us and in greater numbers potentially causing serious health risk.

The Bald face Hornet and Yellow Jacket

Yellow JacketsBoth are the same species with similar characteristic, while yellow jackets are yellow and black strips and the bald face is white and black. The colony dies off every year in fall and the queens hibernates through the winter. Once emerging in spring the single inseminated queen will develop a small caste of workers. Eggs take about 6 days to hatch and larva about 8 days and about 9-10 days to mature. Then the workers tend to building the nest, caring for the new brood and while the queen lays new eggs. This cycle is continued until Fall when the queen will develop additional queens. All workers and the old queen dies off. The colony can have up to 30 percent protecting the nest at all times and with larger nest this can be dangerous. They do not pollinate, nor feed on nectar , primary food source is protein, often found by eating other insects but are not shy of any other proteins. The nest is covered like paper around the comb for protection against the elements.

The Social Wasp

Social WaspThese wasp have an exposed cone and prefer to build nest under eves or any other dry area. Using wood pulp with their saliva, they make their paper nest normally flat and round. Feeding primarily on insect for their food and other proteins.  Though not as aggressive as the yellow jacket they can sting to protect the nest site. They are slower flyers and have three segments and a pinched waistto their body while the yellow jacket has three segments also they do not have pinched waist.

Mud dauber is a single solitary wasp and after reproduction sting their insect prey hiding them in a mud tube where their larva will feed until emerging as an adult. Not very protective to their nesting they however can sting.

Honey bees should be protected as much as possible and have not really been known in Washington to invade homes but they can be alarming in large numbers. When a queen decides a location the workers follow her and wherever she goes they builds her a nest. We recommend a bee removal service and is usually free to the customer.