Balded faced hornet nest

Stinging Insects in Missouri–Advice From The Expert Exterminators at Holper’s

Hot fun in the summertime becomes a little less so when stinging insects are present.  We are at the peak of the stinging insect season in Missouri and people are trying to get a handle on wasp control, bee control, hornet control, and yellow jacket control. Do you have a yellow jacket nest in the ground? Maybe you think you have an infestation and are searching for answers on wasp nest removal or bee nest removal. Are you wondering how to get rid of bees in the gound? If you are interested in stinging insect prevention and stinging insect control, Holper’s technicians are the exterminators you need.

What Kind of Stinging Insects Do I Actually Have?

We might know that there are different types of stinging insects in Missouri, but we don’t all necessarily know how to tell the difference. (And some of us don’t care which one it is–we don’t want to get close enough to tell the difference, we just want it gone!) But it is good to have a grasp on some basic identifiers to determine which pest you have and create a game plan with exterminators to eradicate it.

Yellow-JacketThe most prevalent stinging insect in our area is a yellow jacket. People sometimes refer to these as “sweat bees.” Yellow and black striped, yellow jackets are about ¾” in length. Their pointed stinger is capable of stinging multiple times. Yellow jackets build nests in both walls and in the ground. Regardless of where the nest is, the activity surrounding the entrance will resemble an airport–many flying in and many flying out.  Nests can hold up to 3,500 yellow jackets, which will attack if the nest is disturbed. You might wonder how to get rid of a nest in the ground; the only safe way to remove it is to contact a professional.

Balded-faced-hornetsBald-faced hornets are one of the more aggressive of the stinging insects. These hornets are black in color with a white stripe over each eye and on the thorax (rear segment). They are about an inch in length and they, too, have a stinger capable of stinging multiple times. They are often easy to spot near their gray, swirled, paper nests, which vary from the size of a cantaloupe to the size of a trash can.  Nests generally hold 150-250 of this type of hornet. This is an insect with an attitude–it doesn’t need to be disturbed to attack.

European-WaspHolper’s Pest & Animal Solutions gets many calls about wasps. A large number of calls are about the European wasp, which is relatively new to our area. These wasps look similar in coloring (yellow and black striped) to a yellow jacket, but European wasps are about ½” longer than a yellow jacket. They, too, have a pointed stinger capable of multiple stings. These wasps make a conical paper nest that often is built under overhangs of houses and inside the hollow fencing around pools. These nests can hold up to 75 wasps. An aggressive insect, this wasp needs no provocation to attack.

Lastly, we have the two most common bee types, the honey bee and the bumblebee. honeybeeHoney bees are brownish to golden in color and are about ¾” in length. They have a barbed stinger that remains in the victim’s skin when stung, which obviously kills the bee. Honey bee nests are layers of honeycomb, usually found in wall voids and tree voids. A large colony of honey bees can consist of up to 100,000 bees. If left untreated, a nest filled with honey can weigh up to 350 pounds. Honey bees are fairly docile and usually only sting when provoked.

bumble-beeBumblebees are large and black, with a yellow stripe. Their entire body is fuzzy in appearance. Bumblebees measure roughly ¾” long and ⅜” wide. Their stinger is pointed and can sting multiple times. Bumblebee nests looks like groups of small eggs stuck together. They can be found in pine needles under pine trees, and are usually above the ground. They can also be found in bird houses, lawn mower clipping bags, and compost piles. A large nest of bumblebees consists of about 100 bees, and when any sized nest is disturbed, the bees become very aggressive.

Is it Possible to Prevent Stinging Insect Nests?

Bald-Faced-Hornets-NestOverall, preventing insects from building nests is not a possibility. An exception would be a wasp’s nest built in a fence post or handrail. This is something that the wasps usually come back to year after year, so if you know they have chosen that spot in the past, you can have it professionally dusted at the beginning of the season to deter them from building there again. Other than this scenario, since insects can pretty well get to wherever they please, prevention is not feasible.

Creating a Game Plan for Successful Treatment

Holper’s has specialized in stinging insect treatments for over 31 years. Determining the course of treatment is determined by two factors: the type of stinging insect and the location where the nest is found. Because of these variables, nests need to be treated and removed by trained technicians using the proper safety equipment and professional-grade materials. Nests in the ground are particularly problematic, so a call right away to Holper’s is your safest bet – they know how to get rid of bees in the ground.

Stinging Insect Control

There’s a good reason so many people in the Greater St. Louis area trust Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions as their exterminators for their stinging insect control–it’s the first type of pest that Holper’s conquered over three decades ago. If you want to effectively implement stinging insect control, do yourself a favor and call Holper’s expert exterminators today at 314-732-1413.