The control of stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, and bees are of
the utmost priority for homes and business in Dallas Fort Worth. These
insects can cause severe reactions in people and their stings can cause
intense pain and swelling. The control of wasps, hornets, and bees are
best left in the hands of professionals. Many of these insects are difficult
to control and can be very aggressive. It is not worth risking your health
trying to deal with these insects. Our technicians at Miss Phoebe's
are trained in insect biology and best control methods for wasps, bees,
and hornets. Our technicians are also fully equipped with PPE (personal
protective equipment) including bee masks and bee suits so our professionals
stay protected throughout the service.
If you notice stinging insects or nests developing around your home call
us today at
(214) 225-1421to set your free inspection!
Wasp Control and Elimination
Wasps love to nest around the eaves and doors of homes and businesses.
Wasps can become aggressive without notice and stings of paper wasps,
for example, are known to hurt for days. If you see wasps’ nests
around your home or business, you will benefit from our wasp removal services.
Furthermore, if you see many wasps flying around your property or even
inside of your home, but cannot see any visible nests, call us out for
a free inspection for our wasp elimination services to see how we can help.
When it comes to controlling or exterminating wasps, many factors need
to be considered such as:
Where the wasps are located?
What is the specie or species of wasp?
What methods are the safest?
What methods will be most effective?
Hornet Control and Elimination
Hornets are known for being very aggressive as well as packing a powerful
sting. Hornets are territorial and if you have hornets and are in the
United States, it is most likely European Hornets. If you see hornets,
it is best to leave them be and leave it to our hornet removal specialists.
We are lucky enough to not have the dreaded 'murder hornet' in Texas.
However, our team is equipped and ready to tackle this troubling pest
if it does arrive in our state.
Bee Control, Relocation, and Elimination
When it comes to bees, it is always best to relocate. Honeybees are an
extremely beneficial and important insect that should be respected and
Typically, relocation of honeybees is not an option for two circumstances:
The first is if anyone at your home or business is allergic to bees, you
may need to utilize our bee removal services.
The second is if the bees have entered deep into a structure and will not
be easy to relocate.
Bee removal, elimination, and/or relocation does not just consist of relocating
or killing bees. If bees have made their nest inside of a structure, honeycomb
needs to be removed. Honeycomb left inside structures will go rancid and
attract more pests to your home or business as well as cause damage.
How are the wasps and bees different?
Many people often refer to bees and wasps interchangeably. However, they
could not be more different. Bees are interested almost exclusively in
pollen and nectar from your plants, and they are adapted evolutionarily
to use these specific plant parts for energy (nectar) and to provision
their offspring (pollen plus nectar). Wasps, in contrast, are mostly predatory
and visit your garden searching for small prey items like caterpillars,
and occasionally take a drink of nectar from flowering plants.
For more information about Bees and Wasps, see below!
The European honeybee is important in modern agriculture and in nature,
providing pollination for many valuable crops and wild plants. It is native
to Asia and the Middle East and was introduced to North America by early
The Africanized Honeybee is the result of a mating between African bees
and European honeybees of North and South America. In 1956, a geneticist brought African queens to Brazil with the idea of
developing a superior honeybee, one more suited to tropical conditions.
Unfortunately, some of these bees were accidentally released near Sao
Paulo, Brazil. The bees interbred in the wild with the European honeybees,
resulting in "Africanized" offspring. They have spread throughout
most of South America, Mexico, the southern parts of Texas, New Mexico,
Arizona, and California.
In the late spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black
bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter
bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests.
Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people
who are around the nests. Despite this aggressiveness, they are quite
harmless since they lack stingers. Female carpenter bees can inflict a
painful sting but seldom will unless they are handled or irritated.
Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees, but the upper surface of their abdomen
is bare and shiny black; bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least
some yellow markings.
Bumblebee, common name for any of a group of large, hairy, usually black-and-yellow,
social bees. They are found primarily in temperate regions of the northern
hemisphere, often ranging farther north and higher in altitude than other
bees. Fifty species of bumblebees are known in North America.
Bumblebees are similar to their close relatives, the honey bees, in that
their colonies are headed by a queen, who is the main egg-layer, and many
workers, who are the daughters of the queen, and in that drones (males)
are produced during the mating season. However, the colonies of bumblebees,
unlike those of honeybees, only survive during the warm season; new queens
hibernate alone to begin another colony the following spring.
The wasp is a common problem throughout the summer in many parts of the
world. They are social insects that form colonies inside nests. Nests
are often found in soil, under eaves, in roof spaces, and in trees.
Yellowjackets are predatory wasps. They can be identified by their distinctive
markings, small size (similar to a honeybee), their occurrence only in
colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior
to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Yellowjackets are important
predators of pest insects.
Yellowjackets make their nests in protected areas such as hollow logs,
stumps, under bark, in leaf litter, in soil cavities, and human-made structures.
Queens emerge during the warm days of late spring or early summer, select
a nest site, and build a small paper nest in which eggs are laid. After
eggs hatch from the 30 to 50 brood cells, the queen feeds the young larvae
for about 18 to 20 days. Larvae pupate, emerging later as small, infertile
females called workers. By mid-summer, the first adult workers emerge
and assume the tasks of nest expansion, foraging for food, care of the
queen and larvae, and colony defense.
Paper wasps are 3/4 to 1-inch long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood
and plant stems, which they mix with saliva and use to construct water-resistant
nests made of gray or brown papery material.
The nests of most paper wasps are characterized by having open combs with
cells for brood rearing, and a petiole, or constricted stalk, that anchors
the nest. Paper wasps secrete a chemical that repels ants, which they
spread around the base of the anchor to prevent the loss of eggs or brood.
Mud daubers are long, slender wasps. The name of this wasp group comes
from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded
into place by the wasp's mandibles.
There are three types of mud daubers:
The organ-pipe mud dauber, as the name implies, builds nests in the shape of a cylindrical tube
resembling an organ pipe or pan flute.
The black and yellow mud dauber - Its nest is composed of a series of cylindrical cells that are plastered
over to form a smooth nest about the size of a lemon.
The metallic-blue mud dauber foregoes building a nest altogether and simply uses the abandoned nests
of the other two species and preys primarily on black widow spiders.
Mud daubers are rarely aggressive.
Cicada killers occur in all states east of the Rocky Mountains and prefer
to dig their burrows in sandy, bare, well-drained soil exposed to full
sunlight. The wasps feed on flower nectar while the immature or larval
stage feeds primarily upon cicadas that are brought to the burrow by the adult.
Despite their large size, the wasps usually ignore people, but they can
give a painful sting if bothered. Mating males are aggressive and more
A mound of fine soil surrounds the burrow of each cicada killer. Since
colonies of burrows are common, infested lawns usually contain several
mounds that can smother the grass. However, they prefer to nest in areas
of sparse vegetation, and rarely infest thick, vigorous turf.
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