Hornets, wasps and yellowjackets are seen most often in the warmer months. Nests and hives may be found in trees, under roof eaves or gutters, or on objects around a house or business. Unlike bees, they have slender, smooth, and shinny bodies.
These insects will sting to defend their colony. In late summer and fall, many can be aggressive and a serious nuisance, stinging for no apparent reason. Wasps can sting repeatedly and will often do so.
Some people try to eliminate them with wasp traps. Such trapscan work with yellowjackets, but are not effective for hornets and wasps. Others may try to use pest or insecticides. However, it is very important to know that you are not poisoning bees. Bees are important polinators and should not be killed. They play a crucial role in our food supply.
Hiring a knowledgeable pest control company to determine whether you have bees, hornets, wasps or yellowjackets is strongly recommended by most government agencies. A company like creepy crawler pest exterminator can not only determine which kind of insect you have and decide the best way to handle the insects. Bees should not be killed. They should be removed by a professional. Yellowjackets, wasps and hornets should be managed with approved insecticides.