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Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Honeybees are social insects, found throughout the US and worldwide. Domesticated honeybee hives may contain over 80,000 bees. In the U.S. alone, honeybees accomplish an estimated 25% of the pollination needed for all fruit produced for human consumption, and are the only bees that produce honey. The honeybee is not typically aggressive without provocation. DO NOT HARM THIS INSECT IN ANY WAY! The honeybee is one of the most beneficial insects to mankind. For assistance with removal, please call Action Pest Exterminating. We have certified beekeepers on staff.

Carpenter Bees are solitary insects, meaning they do not live in nests or colonies. Similar in form to bumblebees, (with the exception of their black shiny tail section) these bees are infamous for burrowing tunnels into wood. Male Carpenter Bees can be territorial and aggressive, however, having no stinger, these actions are merely threats. Female Carpenter Bees do have a potent sting, but it is rarely used.

Mason Bees (Orchard Bees) are exceptional pollinators without the wax, honey, swarm or sting of a honeybee. It has been estimated that a honey bee can pollinate about 5% of the flowers it visits, whereas the mason bee pollinates about 95% and visits twice as many flowers! A key reason is the hairy body of the mason bee easily collects dry pollen. As it falls off on each flower, 99.7% of visited flowers are pollinated. Please do not harm in any way. This solitary bee is extraordinarily beneficial to humans.

Mud Daubers are solitary wasps and do not live in colonies. Four species of mud daubers are fairly common and found throughout the United States. The best identifying feature of a Mud Dauber is its long, narrow waist. Females construct tube-line nests of mud in sheltered spots under eaves, window sills, ledges, etc. A female then lays her egg on a paralyzed spider which she has brought back to the nest. Mud Daubers are not defensive bees, and rarely sting.

Yellow Jacket are social insects and live in nests or colonies. Seven or eight species of this social wasp are widespread throughout the U.S. and can be serious stinging pests. Yellow jackets typically appear in late summer, and while slow to sting, they become incredibly aggressive then their habitat is disturbed. This bee can sting and bite, and is capable of stinging multiple times if provoked.

Paper Wasps are semi-social, existing in small colonies. They gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, mix them with saliva and construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Their nests, also called umbrella nests, are typically found suspended from branches, but can also be found hanging from porch ceilings, attic rafters, or ledges. Unlike yellow jackets and hornets, which can be very aggressive, paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened.

Cicada Killers are solitary insects, meaning they do not live in nests or colonies. They are so named because they hunt cicadas, and provision their nests (in the ground) with them. This wasp is typically black or dark brown, with colorful yellow markings on its abdomen; their wings are amber. Favorite sites for Cicada Killer nests are in embankments, under sidewalks, and roadsides. Cicadas are paralyzed by the venom of this wasp’s sting, then the female Cicada Killer lays one egg per cell, inserts the paralyzed cicada, and then seals the chamber. Enough food is provided in the cell for the larva to survive until pupation.