Honey bees are found throughout the world. They are the most economically important beneficial insect there is. They supply us with honey, beeswax, and most importantly the pollination of many cropbearing plants. It is estimated that honey bees are involved with 80% of the foods consumed by Americans. They are a social insect living in large colonies from 20-80 thousand individuals.
They are for the most part domesticated and are kept in hives by bee keepers. When swarming they often establish hives in tree trunks, old buildings, etc., but they are not far removed from the domestic bees. There are several species of honey bees the most common and gentle of which is the Italian honey bee. However, on cloudy days when they are unable to collect nectar, or if provoked, even the most gentle will sting.
The sting of the honey bee hurts and eventually itches,but unless you are allergic, leaves only a healthy wariness to future stings. It is much worse for the bee. The stinger and much of its abdomen are torn from its body killing the bee. Much care is taken by everyone in our industry to avoid killing honey bees. Manufacturers of pesticides warn on the label if the chemical is toxic to bees and how to avoid contact with them. Professional users heed the label and plan applications to avoid killing honey bees. However, occasionally honey bees swarm at mating season and inadvertently form a colony inside a house or some other area shared by humans.
There are numerous pesticides that will kill bees. In walls, insecticide dusts are the most effective, but each colony and structure is unique and would need to be looked at.
At Tyne Tees Environmental Services we will do our utmost to protect the honeybees, however sometimes destroying the colony in unavoidable. Please contact us on 01670 715 444 or use our contact form for expert advice.
Yellowjackets are also a social insect. They are beneficial but not nearly to the degree that honey bees are. Yellowjackets can sting repeatedly without causing death to themselves. There are a variety of species of yellowjackets, the most common in the midwest is ironically called the "Common Yellowjacket".
They usually nest in the ground but sometimes in attics and sides of buildings. When inadvertently molested the insect will attack and can cause death if enough stings occur to a susceptible person. When their nests are found, usually by someone cutting grass or weeding in mulch areas, control is a necessity.
In ground, the nests are below the surface with a small hole as an entrance. Insecticide liquid, dust, or aerosol can be applied through the hole or saturate the ground. Once treated it should remain open until foraging insects return to be sure the colony is eliminated. The application can be a little tricky as the bees are constantly in and out, and tend to frown on intruders. If you are allergic or just don't like to be stung I would recommend giving us a call on 01670 715 444.
There are many species of these vicious multi stinging insects, the most common found in cosmopolitan areas is the "Bald Face Hornet." As seen in the picture, their nests are football shaped paper surrounding their breeding combs. As the colony grows, so does the nest. They are found in trees, shrubs, under eves of houses, and attics.
To accidentally come to close or break a nest is devastating. When touched, broken, or just to close, hundreds of hornets will attack and sting. Running will not help, they will chase you. Diving in a swimming pool will help you avoid them but they hover above the water waiting for you to come up for air.
They are dangerous and control should not be attempted without the proper equipment. Many insecticides will kill hornets, the application is the trick. At Tyne Tees Environmental Services we use equipment that will break open the nest killing them all, as well as the immature larvae. They are so protective, the hornets will attempt to sting the stream of chemical coming at them.
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