Is St. Louis Experiencing More Wasps This Summer?

It sure seems like we’ve been hearing about significantly more stings from wasps this summer. Maybe you’re experiencing that, too. Do you know how to tell a wasp from other stinging insects? Do you know how to recognize a wasp nest? Why are we seeing so many wasps this year? Most importantly, do you know who can help you get rid of your wasp problem? You’re about to find out!

The ABCs of Wasps

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions gets a lot of calls about wasps, primarily about the European wasp, which is fairly new to St. Louis. These wasps resemble yellow jackets in color (yellow and black striped), but European wasps are about 1¼ inches long (½” longer than a yellow jacket). Also, like yellow jackets, wasps have pointed stingers capable of multiple stings. Ouch!

European wasps make a cone-shaped paper nest that often is built under overhangs of houses and inside the hollow fencing around pools. Sheltered areas, like soffits and corners, are prime real estate for their nests, too. Their nests can hold up to 75 wasps, and like you, wasps are very protective of their homes. European wasps are extremely aggressive, and need no provocation to attack. Remember, an angry wasp can sting you over and over, and it will!

Why So Many Wasps? 

You’ve probably noticed more wasps, and other stinging insects, in your yard this year. Wasp populations fluctuate from year to year–warmer winters mean less die-off of insect pests, like the wasp. No doubt you are seeing more of all the stinging pests, as well as other insects this season. They are everywhere!

 

Take The Sting Out of Summer With Holper’s! 

While it is impossible to guarantee stinging pests won’t stop by for a visit this summer, a professional inspection done by Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions provides results! We show you not only where wasps and other stinging insects are staking claim to your home or yard, but also where they are likely to take up residence with you! Nest removal, followed by regularly timed treatments for stinging insects, will help your family have a more enjoyable summer by reducing the chance of stinging insects building nests in or near your home. Want to take the sting out of summer? Let Holper’s show you how we take GREAT care of St. Louis area homes. Call 314-732-1413 today!

 

 

 

yellow-jacket

Stinging Pests: What Just Stung Me?

OUCH! It’s a word heard a lot when families are out enjoying their yards in the summertime. Sometimes it is heard indoors, as well. The culprits? Stinging insects, some of those things we have to put up with when the warmer temperatures draw us outside. Or do we have to put up with them? Knowing a bit about some common stinging pests will help you know how to spot just where on your property they might want to make a nest. Knowledge is power, and with some good planning, a watchful eye, and great pest control technicians, you won’t need to be asking, “What just stung me?” Get ahead of stinging pests and keep your family as free from “‘ouch” as possible!

The Usual Suspects

Yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, bumblebees, and honeybees are all common stinging insects. While they can all be found in house walls, some easy physical identifiers and nest descriptions will help you figure out which stinging pests are hanging around your home.

● Yellow jackets:

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.

● Wasps:

A newer wasp in St. Louis is the European wasp. These wasps look similar in coloring to a yellow jacket, but they are about 1 ¼ inches in length. They, too, have a pointed stinger capable of multiple stings. These wasps build a conical paper nest, often found under overhangs of houses and inside the hollow fencing around pools. An aggressive insect, this wasp needs no provocation to attack.

● Hornets:

Bald-faced hornets are very aggressive. Black in color with a white stripe over each eye and on the thorax (rear segment), they are about one inch long. They also have a stinger capable of multiple stings. 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. This insect has attitude–it doesn’t need to be disturbed to attack.

● Bumblebees:

Bumblebees 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. When a nest of any size is disturbed, the bees become very aggressive.

● Honey bees:

Honey bees are brownish to golden in color and are about ¾” in length. Their barbed stinger 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. If left untreated, a nest filled with honey can weigh up to 350 pounds! Honey bees are fairly harmless and usually only sting when provoked.

Can You Prevent Stinging Insects From Choosing Your Yard or House?

While there is no way to guarantee a stinging pest won’t pass your way, a thorough inspection by the helpful folks from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will show just where stinging insects have taken up residence, or are likely to take up residence. Nest removal, followed by regular sprays for stinging insects, will help you and your family have a more enjoyable summer by reducing the likelihood that stinging insects take up residence in or near your home. Want to reduce the “ouch” or “ick” factors for all pesky pests? Let Holper’s show you how we take GREAT care of St. Louis area homes. Call 314-732-1413 today!

What just stung me? Probably not one of the usual suspects,
because I called Holper’s!

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.