of Bees, Hornets & Wasps
are not bees! Yellow Jackets
and many other wasps
and hornets get bad
press for a reason--they are often aggressive, uninvited guests, and
are NOT significant pollinators.
nest in papery hives above ground or underground. The wasps
are relatively hairless, and have pointed abdomens.
ill-tempered hotheads readily sting people.
bees are usually hairy, are much more docile and usually
unless they are stepped on or forced to defend a nest site. Gardeners
and farmers, alike, need bees for pollinating plants.
stings are more painful to humans than typical wasp
stings; the pain may persist for several days with attendant swelling.
A hornet can sting
and, unlike honey bees,
wasps do not
die after stinging because their stingers are not
pulled out of their bodies after stinging.
who are allergic to wasp venom are also allergic to hornet stings.
BEFORE and AFTER our treatment of a bald-faced hornet hive - Click
hornets are extremely aggressive when disturbed and WILL
STING repeatedly. It is NOT considered safe to approach
football-like in shape) for observation purposes. The bald-faced hornet
will aggressively attack with little provocation. More...
European Hornet is the best-known
the only species introduced to the U.S. In general, hornets are the
largest eusocial wasp with the European hornet about 2-3.5 cm in length.
nest of a European Hornet
can be underground,
inside large cracks in trees, attached to the framework of houses and
structures, or buried in long grass (like the above photo). As
colony size grows, the hive is expanded. At the peak of its
population (late summer), the colony can reach a size of 700 workers.
nests are founded in spring, by a fertilized
queen. She first builds a series of cells (up to 50) out of
chewed tree bark. An egg is then laid in each cell and, after
undergowing 4 weeks of various stages of development, the first
generation adults emerge (invariably females).
new workers will take over all tasks formerly conducted by the queen,
except egg-laying, which remains exclusive to the queen.
wasps are somewhat aggressive when feeding, but are the poster
child for "aggressive" behavior near their nests!
take issue with your presence and also release a pheromone--an airborne
communication--that incites the rest of the wasp inhabitants to
with the ability to sting over and over. .....More
jacket wasp will sting repeatedly and is primarily only
dangerous to humans who are allergic or are stung many times.
through summer, yellow jackets
insects, meat and
fish to feed larvae in their rapidly growing colony. By late summer or
early September, the larvae are all grown and the result is about 5,000
hungry adults looking for meat and natural sugars to fuel their
to researchers at the University of Maine, on a bee-for-bee basis, bumble
bee species are eight times more
efficient than honey bees at
pollinating some highly-valued crop types. The bumble
effective because they will fly in cooler temperatures, damper
conditions and lower light levels extending pollination by several
hours each day.
there be a human family history of allergic reactions to bee stings
near a bumble bee hive, MB Integrated Pest Control will conduct
extermination procedures; removing a most serious health risk.
population of a healthy hive in mid-summer can average between 40,000
and 80,000 bees.
the Honey Bee - Once properly identified, and the honey
located, MB Integrated Pest Control will gather pertinent information
and contact a reliable beekeeper to set up hive
Fact: One of many honey bee species, the Western
Honey Bee (aka: European
Honey Bee) serves as the Wisconsin
state insect (as of 1977).