Wasps

An Africanized honey bee (left) and a European honey bee on honeycomb. Despite color, they normally can’t be identified by eye. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Web Exclusive: Bee removal by the experts

June 10, 2019 By
Bee Best Bee Removal, in La Mesa, Calif., takes on referrals from pest control companies that don’t provide bee services, or don't want to. Read more»
Ed Dolshun, Technical Director and VP of Business Development, Catchmaster

Reduce stinging insect populations with glue boards

April 30, 2019 By
Wasps and yellowjackets often bore entrance holes into structures. If you locate one of these entry points in an accessible area, you can greatly reduce the population simply by using glue boards: Make a hole in a glue board that... Read more»
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Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE Research Entomologist, Rockwell Laboratories

Locate, eliminate stinging insect nests

April 28, 2019 By
Stinging insects are unpredictable, and their nests can be difficult to find. If you suspect a nest is hidden at an account, here are some tips to help you locate and eliminate it: Place several containers or traps at varying... Read more»
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Headshot: Mel Whitson, Senior Field Technical Service Manager, Zoëcon Professional Products

3 places to inspect for stinging insects this spring

April 27, 2019 By
The next time you’re treating for wasps, hornets or fire ants, inspect the following to ensure “spring doesn’t sting” your clients: Play equipment — Swing sets and treehouses can be an often-overlooked home to stinging insects. When overwintering paper wasps... Read more»
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Understand wasp life cycles to educate customer

April 26, 2019 By
Be conscious of the season or time of year when a customer notifies you they have a wasp in their home. Many species of social Hymenoptera, including paper wasps and yellowjackets, spend the winter as mated queens. If it is... Read more»
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Beware of stinging pest allergies

April 11, 2019 By
Pest management professionals (PMPs) should be warned: stinging insect bites can cause severe allergic reactions. A PMP in England recently died after being stung twice by wasps. Lee Darker encountered the wasps while servicing an account and successfully removing a... Read more»
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Headshot: Tommy Powell, Technical Services, MGK

Tips for managing stinging insects

November 1, 2018 By
Communication with your customer is the first step for identifying and managing stinging insects such as bees and wasps. Your customer typically can help you locate key areas of activity. Carefully inspect the area(s) to identify the insect and determine... Read more»
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Parasitic wasp may use saw-like antennae to escape from host

February 6, 2018 By
While the wasp is emerging, it may rub these spines against the host and use them like a saw to cut open the body. Read more»
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bald faced hornet. Photo: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

An interview with a bald-faced hornet

August 30, 2017 By
(Dolichovespula maculata) Pest Management Professional (PMP): [walks up to a bush where about 3 ft. up is a large, football-shaped nest that appears to be made of grayish paper and several bald-faced hornets flying about, ready to sting] Hello? I’m... Read more»
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Crypt-keeper parasitic wasp species discovered

January 31, 2017 By
Scientists have discovered a new parasitic wasp species native to the southeastern U.S.: the crypt-keeper wasp (Euderus set). The wasp gets its name from the Egyptian god of evil and chaos, Set, whose name is usually translated as “instigator of... Read more»
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