Stinging Insects

We are dedicated to protecting both the health of our customers and our pollinator friends.

Carpenter Bee

OVERVIEW:

Carpenter bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for rearing their young. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees but their abdomen is largely bare and shiny.

HABITS:

Carpenter bees are not social insects and do not live in nests or colonies. The adults over-winter, typically in abandoned nest tunnels. In the spring, the emerge and feed on nectar. To excavate galleries, female carpenter bees bore circular holes the same diameter as their bodies straight into wood, and then turn to tunnel along the grain of the wood.

THREATS:

Carpenter bees are a serious property threat, and can cause structural damage over time if left untreated. They prefer weathered and unpainted wood. Male carpenter bees can be territorial and may hover in front of one's face aggressively, but they have no stinger and these actions are merely for show. Female carpenter bees do have a potent sting, but it is rarely used.

PREVENTION TIPS:

Carpenter bees are most noticeable in late spring and early summer. Control is necessary if they are damaging your structure. Because these bees prefer untreated timbers, long term control is best achieved by finishing (i.e. painting or staining) they wood in which they are nesting on all sides. This is your best bet for preventing a new problem next year.

  • Routinely inspect wood on your property for 
  • Regularly inspect your home for signs of mice, including droppings, gnaw marks, and damaged food goods.
  • If you suspect carpenter bees are damaging your property, call us right away!

    (617) 332-3344
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QUICK STATS

Color icon carpenter beeColor:

Yellow and black

 

Shape long iconShape:

Robust, oval

 

Size icon-1Size:

1/2 - 1 inch long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found throughout the U.S.

 

Honey Bee

OVERVIEW:

Despite the allergy risks for humans, pollinator health is critical to our environment. Bumble bees, carpenter bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and honey bees are all pollinators, but none are as much in danger as the honey bee. 

HABITS:

Deer mice often nest in old fence posts, tree hollows, log piles, abandoned bird nests, and beneath decks. During winter months, they may invade homes, garages, sheds, or rarely used vehicles to seek shelter. Inside, they can make their nest in storage boxes, stuffed furniture, drawers, wall voids and tight areas in basements or attics. Deer mice feed at dusk and dawn preferring insects, seeds, nuts, berries and small fruits.

THREATS:

Deer mice are a medical concern because they are the common carrier of Hantavirus. This virus in transmitted primarily by the inhalation of dust particles contaminated with the urine, feces, or saliva of infected deer mice.

PREVENTION:

  • Seal cracks on the outside of your home to prevent mice from using easy entryways.Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Keep shrubs and tree branches cut back from the house.
  • Mice can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Don't store pet food or bird seed in garages or storage sheds, where it is especially attractive to deer mice.
  • Regularly inspect basements, attics, outbuildings and rarely used cars/RVs for signs of an infestation.
  • If you suspect an infestation, give us a call. (617) 332-3344
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QUICK STATS

Color icon honey beeColor:

Gold-brown and yellow

 

Shape long iconShape:

Slender, oval

 

Size icon-1Size:

4/8 - 5/8 of an inch long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found throughout the U.S.

 

Yellowjacket

OVERVIEW:

There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Many say that the pattern resembles stripes. The abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional identify specific species of yellowjackets.

HABITS:

Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies. They usually nest in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics. Yellowjackets can be found anywhere humans can be found. They feed on sweets and proteins and are commonly attracted to trash and recycling bins. Yellowjackets are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak.

THREATS:

Yellowjackets' stings pose significant health threats to humans. They are territorial and will sting if their nest is threatened. Yellowjackets may sting repeatedly. 

PREVENTION:

  • Wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
  • Remove garbage frequently and keep trashcans covered.
  • Do not swat at a yellowjacket, as it increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction.
  • Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes.
  • Ensure all doors and windows in your home have screens that are in good condition.
  • Seem immediate medical attention if stung, as reactions can be severe.
  • If you find a yellowjacket nest on your home or property, call us right away. (617) 332-3344
wasp

QUICK STATS

Color icon carpenter beeColor:

Abdomen usually yellow and black patterned similar to bands

 

Shape long iconShape:

Long, slender, oval

 

Size icon-1Size:

3/8-5/8 inch long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found throughout the U.S.

 

Bald-faced Hornet

OVERVIEW:

This large black-and-white relative of the yellowjacket gets it's common name from its largely black color but mostly white face. It is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest.

HABITS:

Bald-faced hornets are social insects, although not true hornets. They live in colonies that may contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They usually appear in late summer when populations are largest. Bald-faced hornets build paper nests at least three or more feet off the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds or other structures. 

THREATS:

Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. This makes bald-faced hornet removal somewhat difficult. They have smooth stingers, so they can stink over and over again. Their stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch or swell for about 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk for allergic reactions from bald-faced hornet stings as with other insect stings.

PREVENTION:

  • Bald-faced hornets are beneficial insects that help to control many pest species. However, if a nest is close to the ground or near an occupied structure, control is warranted.
  • Routinely inspect the outside of your home or property and any outbuildings for stinging insect nests.
  • If you find a bald-faced hornet nest on your home or property, do not attempt to remove it on your own as this can aggravate the colony and cause them to attack. Avoid the risk of getting stung and contact us right away. (617) 332-3344
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QUICK STATS

Color icon bald faced hornetColor:

Brown with black intermixed; gray, white or black underside

 

Shape long iconShape:

Long, wasp-like

 

Size icon-1Size:

1/2-5/8 inches long;
queen 3/4 inches long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found throughout the U.S.