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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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Winter wasps: Customer education is key

January 10, 2017 By
During the cooler months, alarmed clients often observe wasps indoors and call for service. Understanding the biology behind these encounters can help put clients at ease — and limit the number of extra service calls unnecessarily scheduled by well-intentioned technicians... Read more»
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Stinging insects: A bee, or not a bee?

August 30, 2016 By
My fear of stinging insects is fed by a few things. Chief among them are my sister’s allergies, which require her to keep an EpiPen handy at all times, and the wasp I stepped on at a public swimming pool... Read more»
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photo: Dr. Gerry Wegner

Wasps, up close and personal

August 16, 2016 By
Since I moved to Florida from Ohio last year, I have been observing a variety of interesting stinging insects right outside my front door. I put a nesting board for solitary bees into the recess for the garage window.  I drilled a... Read more»
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Apache wasps are fierce fighters

August 3, 2016 By
Polistes apachus, commonly encountered in the western U.S., can act menacingly when foraging for nest materials. But their Achilles heel just might be plain old H2O. Paper wasps (Polistes spp.) sometimes pose aggravating problems at human habitation. Over many years... Read more»
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Adult deer tick. PHOTO: Scott Bauer/USDA ARS

Ask the Expert: Ticks, Carpet Beetles, Wasps and Snakes

October 20, 2014 By
Q. Some companies in my area are spraying lawns for tick control, which I don’t think is necessary. I concentrate on vegetation next to the house and brush areas on the perimeter. Do you think it’s necessary to spray lawns... Read more»
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