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Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Stinging Insects
While honey bees are beneficial insects, they occasionally decide to live in an attic or wall void, where they may pose a stinging threat to people and pets. People can become highly allergic to bee stings which can result in anaphylaxis and be potentially fatal. The much publicized “Killer Bees” have not yet become a problem in Northern California.
Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are frequently problems around homes and schools. The ground nesting and aerial nesting yellow jackets are especially fierce and aggressive when defending their nest, and should be left to a professional with the proper safety gear. Occasionally a homeowner will find a room full of these “bees” when a nest in an attic forms a hole through the sheetrock into the house. If these wasps are seen going in and out of an attic vent, they should be controlled by a Killroy pest management professional while wearing proper protective clothing. Foraging wasps are often pests outdoors at barbeques and picnics, where the best control method is trapping.
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In the spring, honey bees often “swarm” when a queen buds off from and existing colony taking several hundred workers with her. These swarms should be left alone, if possible, as the bees will usually move on in a few hours to continue their search for a tree hole or other suitable nesting site. Any small opening that leads into the wall voids in your home could be a potential nesting place for bees. If there is a bee colony living in your home it is essential to have the bees removed, along with the entire hive. The nest and honey can attract ants, moths, carpet beetles, and other pests if left in your walls and can become an even greater hazard.
Paper wasps, mud daubers, and umbrella wasps are common on the eaves of homes where they build their nests, but are not aggressive and rarely sting. Regardless, bee control and wasp control can be dangerous due to the potential to be stung and should be managed by a pest management professional.