McGrath Pest Control is able to control and/or eliminate any and all bee/wasp issues that may form around your home. This includes honey bees, carpenter bees, and all types of wasp. We will locate the nest, remove it, clean the area, and arrange for any damaged areas to be fixed.
If you spot a large and ponderous bee, black and yellow in color, in your garden, you can be pretty sure that it is a bumble bee. These fuzzy insects, which measure about ¾-inch to 1-inch in length, make a characteristically loud buzzing sound as they hop from flower to flower, flying somewhat awkwardly. These insects are very useful pollinators.
Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.
Honeybees represent a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc.
The queen bee can live for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter months.
The honeybee hive is perennial. Although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybee survives the winter months by clustering for warmth. By self-regulating the internal temperature of the cluster, the bees maintain 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the winter cluster (regardless of the outside temperature).
Carpenter Bee is a common name for a group of mostly large, metallic-colored bees that construct nests in flower stalks or wood. When female carpenter bees construct tunnels in solid wood, their chewing of the wood can be heard from several feet away. Piles of sawdust beside the nest entrance and the presence of many bees in flight in the area provide clues that a nest is near.
Adult wasps feed on nectar and make ‘paper’ nests by mixing saliva and wood fibers. Their nests are a nursery where larvae are kept one to each cell. The cells are then capped and the larvae pupate. Most paper wasps die in autumn or winter, while some hibernate to start new nests for the next season. Click here to read our blog post about the Red Wasp.
The mud dauber wasp is named for the way the females construct nests from bits of mud. Their nests are made up of tube shaped chambers, usually attached under eves. These wasps are around ¾” long, mostly black, and depending on the variety have some yellow markings. They also have a very narrow, almost string-like waist. Solitary and non aggressive, these wasps rarely sting or defend their nest like other, more social insects. Instead, mud daubers use their stingers to hunt other pests such as spiders. Their old nests can be a nuisance and if not active, can be scraped down.