Generally speaking, outdoor pests require control when nature becomes imbalanced. The imbalance is enough to allow a pest population to flourish. Exterminators are called in to quickly reestablish a sense of balance. This is not always the case with stinging insect pests. The sting of one single bee can justify the implementation of control measures. Stinging insect control is justified when the risk to human health outweighs the insects’ ecological importance.
Reasons To Call An Exterminator
- Nesting too close to human traffic.
- Displayed aggression and incidents of being stung.
- Shared occupancy with people that are allergic to bee stings.
Although not many people consider honeybees as a pest; honeybees occasionally take up residence within structures. We recommend that troublesome bee colonies are relocated by beekeepers. Although we are delicately intertwined with all life forms; our existence is highly dependent on that of the honeybee.
Honeybee colonies cannot always be relocated when nested inside of a building. If pesticides are used, it is recommended that the hive is extracted. Hives produce large amounts of honey. Honey left within a structure invites all sorts of subsequent problems. The temptation of delicious honey draws in wildlife. Damage may occur to buildings when wildlife perform their own bee extraction. If raccoons do not get to the honey, ants and cockroaches will. Extracting bees often pays for itself, considering possible alternative scenarios.
There are many native species of yellowjackets in Ohio. Native species rarely become pests that require control. Ohio’s dominant species is the German yellowjacket. Their nests are often located within wall voids of buildings. There can be 5,000 adults inside a mature colony.
August- October is yellowjacket season in Cleveland, OH. They remain relatively unnoticed until their diet changes from proteins to carbohydrates. All of a sudden they relentlessly dive bomb picnics. Their insatiable taste for sweets turn them into a formidable threat to outdoor living. This is especially true if you enjoy drinking from a pop can without kissing yellowjacket tail.
Yellowjacket Pest Control
Yellowjacket nests can be found in the ground, in trees, in brush, or inside buildings. An aerosol spray is used to quickly dispatch exposed nests. When nests are located inside cavities, either a foam or dust pesticide formulation is utilized. This is best accomplished when the workers are back inside the nest. Treatment is best performed overnight. As a result, this will eliminate aggressive wasps as they return to the treated nest. Depending on the human traffic in the area; nests can be treated safely during normal business hours. Bee suits are worn by technicians to prevent stings.
Paper wasps are generally less aggressive than yellowjackets. In spring they are frequently noticed emerging from hibernation in attic spaces. Our office receives a number of calls as they swarm about rooftops. After their emergence in spring they blend back into nature. At least the native paper wasps do. Unless you walk through a meadow of goldenrod in bloom; you may never see a native paper wasp up close.
Just like the pesky German yellowjacket; the European paper wasp is here to give the other paper wasps a bad wrap. This species is much more aggressive. European paper wasps have black and yellow coloration. They look a lot like yellowjackets. Paper wasps have longer legs though. Paper wasps build easily recognizable open comb nests. These nests are built in fence rails, sign posts, exterior light fixtures, playground equipment, and in window frames. European paper wasps make it easy for us to invade their personal bubble and get popped by their stinger.
Paper Wasp Pest Control
European paper wasp nests are often in hidden yet accessible areas. These nests are quickly destroyed and easily removed from site. During the spring, it is often required of us to dust areas high up on homes to stop swarming paper wasps. This is a detailed procedure applied to hard to reach areas of the structure. A bee pole with an attached duster is used to apply product while technician stands on a ladder.
Bald faced hornets have the ability to sting their victims repeatedly. It is bloody painful to get wrapped up in their onslaught. For this reason, not many people like having their basketball-sized nests in their yard.
The funny thing about bald faced hornets is that their nests are rarely noticed until after the leaves fall in Autumn. People stare in disbelief at basketball sized nests hanging off low hanging branches in their lawns. How did they survive cutting the grass there all summer long? Every time they mowed the lawn they risked a trip to the emergency room. Yet they never got stung once. In conclusion, bald faced hornets are high-risk, low probability pests!
Bald Faced Hornet Control
Bald faced hornet nests meet their demise by emptying a good portion of wasp and hornet spray into the entry hole. Once activity ceases, the nest is cut down, bagged up and removed from site.
Mud daubers are prolific stinging insect pests in Cleveland, OH. The problem is that they don’t really sting humans. They are often seen as pests due to their activity in and around the home. Lots of people see them buzzing around in high numbers, not sure of where the nest is. There are three kinds of mud daubers in Cleveland, OH. There is the yellow and black mud dauber, the organ pipe mud dauber, and the blue mud dauber. All are solitary stinging insects.
These mission oriented predators go around collecting spiders and mud. Their stingers are used to paralyze spiders. Furthermore, these helpless spiders are entombed in a mud gallery, along with an egg. Once the egg hatches the larvae feeds on the living, yet paralyzed spider. After dinner, the mud dauber larvae pupates within the mud nest. Finally they emerge as adults. Homes are great spots to build mud nests. If you have evergreen bushes with lots of spiders, and an irrigation system, mud daubers will love you. They are most troublesome when located in window frames or in soffits. Emerging adults often venture inside instead of out.
Mud Dauber Pest Control
Mud nests can easily be removed with a scraper tool. We work with the customer to implement cultural controls. Applying mulch to exposed soil, and cutting back on irrigation are two great ways to eliminate them from the area. Our treatment often involves treating the perimeter of the home for spiders. Just like paper wasps, mud daubers are most active around the roofs of homes. To stop heavy mud dauber activity, we use extension bee poles to dust any crevice showing activity.
Carpenter bees are important pollinators. Nonetheless, they can also be very destructive to a home. They bore into porch ceilings, cedar siding, arbors, and trim. Basically anywhere on your house that has a shoddy paint job. Carpenter bees show up when you need to paint or stain certain parts of your home. Wood with a thick coat of paint deters carpenter bees from nesting. They simply cannot chew their way through a well painted wood surface. Porch ceiling are prime nesting spots because they are often stained, not painted. They also find places that are not painted at all, like the underside of porch railings. People with cedar trim or cedar shake get it the worst. Carpenter bees are not the only ones to bore into the cedar. The real damage comes when woodpeckers retrieve the larvae from inside the wood.
Carpenter Bee Pest Control
Long term carpenter bee control entails treating the effected wood with fresh paint or stain. Because carpenter bees are pollinators, removing certain flowering plants may be a valid option. Our treatment involves dusting or foaming galleries. Because caulk is difficult for them to chew through, this is a great way to fill in the damage. It is best to leave the treated holes exposed for a few days. That way, any bee that was not in the nest during treatment will have a chance to come into contact with the applied product. If entry points are sealed prematurely, carpenter bees might return to the site and cause further damage.Contact Us