BEES AND WASPS
Bees and wasps can be a problem when they get into a structure. Unfortunately they are not the only stinging insects that invade homes. There are many bees, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets and more that are common to Colorado.
If you are seeing signs of a nest in your house, garage, office or yard, give us a call.
Bees often build their hives inside buildings, usually through a roof soffit or overhang. Bee hives are made up of honeycomb, made from wax, where they tend eggs, store honey. The colony lives on the stored honey during the winter, and can survive for years. If a hive is inside a structure, it must be exterminated to eliminate it. Once a bee colony is exterminated, the wax combs will warm up and melt, allowing honey to flow through walls. The stain from honey on walls can never be removed, the walls must be replaced.
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Bees are shorter and smaller than wasps or hornets. They are yellow and black and fuzzy.
Bees make a distinct buzzing sound when they fly because their wings stroke over 11,000 times per minute. Bees do sting, but they die soon afterward, so you cannot get multiple stings from a single bee.
When the population of a bee colony gets too large, the queen may move part of the colony to a new area to start a new hive. The bees swarm at this time, following the new queen to begin a new colony. During this time, the queen will land in random places, such as on a tree limb, and a huge amount of bees land on top of her. If the bee keeper can get there before they move on, he can capture the queen and relocate the whole colony. If the bee keeper is not able to get there, the queen will soon move on to locate a more suitable place to start the new hive.
Drones are the male bees and they have no stingers. Their main purpose is to mate with the queen. If they colony becomes short on food, the drones are kicked out of the hive.
Workers, the smallest bees in the colony, are undeveloped females. A hive or colony, can have up to 60,000 workers. The life expectancy of a worker bee can be as long as 35 days. A workers purpose is to feed the queen and larvae, as well as guard the hive entrance and help keep the hive cool by fanning their wings (which prevents the honey from melting). Worker bees are also in charge of collecting the nectar to make honey.
HORNETS AND YELLOWJACKETS
Hornets and YellowJackets often nest in voids such as the soffit under roofs, attics and hollow areas in landscaping. They will even build a nest in barbeque grills if the grill is not used often.
These pests are seen more in the fall because temperatures start to cool, their food becomes scarce, the nest population is at it’s peak and new wasps seek out warmth and light. This is when they invade our homes and work places.Fortunately they can be eliminated if a nest is located. If you have a wasp or hornet nest, contact us to set up an appointment. Be sure and mention if a ladder will be needed to complete the job.
Hornets and yellowjackets eat ripe fruit and other sweet materials. They can be found scavenging around trash cans, soda cans or other food that is outside. They also collect wood to make the paper for their nests. The larvae are fed insects or prepared meat. Hornet generally refers to large wasps. They are up to 1.4 inches long, brown with orange stripes.Nests are made of paper and can get very large, some the size of a basketball or bigger.These social wasps die out in the winter and only the queen survives to establish a colony the following spring. She will seek out an enclosed place to overwinter.It is not unusual to see hornets or yellowjackets flying close to the sunny side of a building. If the nest can be located, they can be eliminated. They may, however, be coming from another property. It is possible to see a lot of these pests and not be able to locate their nest.
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