A stinging insect infestation in the surrounding woods can make your yard unusable. Wasps and other swarming insects can also take up residence in your eaves and gutters. Hornets and yellow jackets have even invaded unused attics, gaining a foothold in your home. Barefoot Pest Control provides all-in-one pest control for stinging insects of all types in homes and businesses throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., including:
Pest Library: Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets eat a broad range of foods. Along with pollinating flowers for edible nectar, they prey upon other insects. Yellow jackets also scavenge meat and sugary substances left over by people, and this is often the point of conflict between your family and their hives.
Homeowners spot yellow jacket workers gathering food near trashcans or flowers. More perilously, a disturbed yellow jacket nest will produce a swarm of defending, stinging insects.
Yellow jackets tend to nest in the ground. Natural erosion creates cavities beneath sidewalks, porches, and other manmade structures, which make ideal nesting sites in close proximity to human activity. Yellow jackets will also nest in hollow trees or other convenient voids.
Early in the spring, yellow jacket nests will be very few in number. As the seasons progress into summer and fall the number will increase, sometimes reaching into the thousands. However, when winter strikes, nothing but overwintering females will be left alive.
Yellow Jacket Dangers
Stinging insects often strike fear into threatened observers, for good reason. Stings are highly painful and can incapacitate an unsuspecting adult. The potential for allergic reaction is more serious, and can lead to anaphylactic shock, hospitalization, and even death.
Controlling Yellow Jackets
To effectively control yellow jackets, the nest must be eliminated. This is a dangerous undertaking, and requires a pest management professional to get very close to the aggressively defended nest. Our company has the tools and training for thorough eradication.
Pest Library: Hornets
Hornets are predators, hunting and eating other insects.
Hornets are most commonly encountered hunting insects or gathering materials to expand and build their nests.
Hornets typically make above ground nests from a paper like mixture of saliva and wood scrapings. These nests are roughly the size of a basketball, and the hornets will aggressively defend them.
Hornet nests have a smaller population than yellow jackets. A typical nest will be about the size of a basketball, and contain around 30-50 individuals. Like yellow jackets, only the fertilized females will seek shelter and survive the winter.
Along with being annoying and painful, hornet stings carry the potential for an allergic reaction. This can lead to anaphylactic shock and hospitalization without proper care.
Unlike yellow jacket nests, hornet nests are often located at a high altitude. This makes them even more difficult to safely approach. Our specialized tools and training can safely eradicate these stinging insects.
Pest Library: Wasps
There are two types of wasps, predatory and parasitic. Predatory wasps hunt and feed on other insects and animals, and feed them to their young. Parasitic wasps lay their eggs in the bodies of other organisms, which then hatch and consume the still living hosts. Many wasps also feed on sugars as well as nectar from flowers to maintain the energy required for flight, which attracts them to homes.
Humans encounter wasps when the insects are out foraging, or when they stumble across a wasp nest and must flee the wasp’s aggressive defense of its home.
Wasps are either solitary or social. Solitary wasps lay their eggs and leave them to fend for themselves Social wasps form colonies for mutual defense, often constructing paper nests suspended from trees and buildings.
A typical paper wasp nest will contain fewer than 30 individual wasps, but wasps can sometimes build larger nests. Often multiple nests of these social insects will exist in close proximity without issue.
While stings can be painful, a more serious concern is the potential for allergic reaction. These reactions, left untreated, can lead to anaphylactic shock, hospitalization, and even death.
Eliminating wasp nests is the only sure way to significantly reduce wasp activity, but wasps vigorously defend their nest if threatened. This is no job for amateurs. Contact our trained professionals for effective wasp control.
Special Topic: Coexisting with Honeybees
While we provide thorough eradication and exclusion of nuisance insects, our service takes a different path when it comes to friendly honeybees. A hive of bees nearby can be a boon to a healthy garden and a benefit to your yard, and it is not difficult to live in peace with these social insects. Unfortunately, wild swarms of bees are under intense pressure from humans. This is wreaking havoc on natural pollination, harming your landscaping and the balance of nature.
When you spot a bee in your lawn, don’t disturb it. Call in our speedy service for a thorough assessment of your bee population. We can organize a comprehensive strategy for safe coexistence between your family and the bees. If there are concerns about allergies, we can also organize the removal of the hive to a new location while preserving its valuable role in the ecosystem.
Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency service. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites and wildlife for Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Upper Marlboro, and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, as well as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.