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Solutions For Stinging Insects In Ventura County
Ventura County is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, at least in our slightly biased opinion. After over 60 years in the area, how could we not be attached to our hometown? With this natural beauty all around, there’s hardly ever a bad time to enjoy time in the yard.
Unfortunately, the various kinds of stinging insects in Ventura County can make outdoor activities dangerous, especially if there are nests on your property. While bees and wasps may be great for the environment, they’ll often present a threat you may not be aware of. Get the facts about proper wasp and bee control before trying to deal with them on your own.
Multiple Stings, Multiple Health Risks
In order to identify a problem, it’s important to know how to spot wasps, bees, and their nests. Bees are usually black and yellow with clear wings and a thick, continuous body. Wasps can be differentiated by the thin “waist-like” area between their abdomen and stinger. The two types of wasps we deal with the most in the Ventura County area are paper wasps (burgundy in color) and yellow jackets (yellow and black).
Wasps and bees are similar in a lot of ways, including their health risks. However, they put your health at risk in different ways. Bees will build nests within your walls and gather in very large numbers, creating problems in your house. Even though bees can only sting you once, you might be stung by multiple bees. This amount of trauma can lead to dangerous health conditions like anaphylactic shock, worsened for anyone with a bee allergy.
Wasps, on the other hand, can sting multiple times. They’ll build their nests on the underside of your outdoor deck ceiling areas, up in trees, and in large holes in the ground. Even though their nests don’t contain as many wasps as bees have in theirs, wasps can issue a distress signal to any nearby family members. These territorial flying insects will attack anything that appears to be a threat to their nests, which can make it incredibly dangerous to try and remove one yourself. Multiple wasps stinging multiple times each can create the same deadly conditions that bees can, and worse.
Bee & Wasp Eradication, The Safe Way
Since bee and wasp nests can be so dangerous, we will respond to these calls as quickly as possible (typically, the same day). After inspecting the property thoroughly to figure out which pest is plaguing your property, we’ll move forward with eradication.
With bees, we will treat their nests chemically before sealing the gaps through which they’ll enter your home. Our techniques for sealing the gaps include foam, stapled string, and silicone. If the bees have been there a long time, we’ll open up the wall, retrieve the honeycomb, and then repair any of the damage.
For wasp problems, we will treat and remove the nests safely. With yellow jackets that nest in the ground, we’ll treat the yard near the high-traffic areas and then remove the nest by pulling it out of the ground. No matter what insect or technique we use, all of our stinging insect treatments come with a 30-day warranty.
Common Stinging Insects In Ventura County
In Ventura County, the most common type of wasp is the European paper wasp. While these wasps are often mistaken for yellow jackets due to their black and yellow markings, paper wasps are slightly larger at about 6/10 inch length and have a more noticeably pinched waist than yellow jackets. Their stings are quite painful, and can be dangerous especially to those with allergies.
European paper wasps are notorious for creating umbrella-shaped nests that hang from the roofline and under porches. Paper wasp nests may also be found under eaves, behind attic gable vents, inside exterior lights, inside charcoal or gas grills, and around exterior structures such as sheds.
Around Ventura County, the most common breed of hornet is the bald-faced hornet. Bald-faced hornets differ in appearance based on their caste: workers range from about ⅝ - ¾ inch long, while queens are typically bigger than ¾ inch. While their sizes vary, they all share the same coloration: black on every part of the body except the face, which has a white pattern - giving them their name.
While these hornets are considered beneficial to the ecosystem because they prey on flies, caterpillars, spiders, and other pests, their fierce aggressiveness makes them a danger to any people they share living space with. Bald-faced hornets build paper-enclosed, gray, aerial nests that are usually found in nearby trees, on chimneys, under eaves, behind siding, in barns, in attics, and on other exterior structures.
Yellow jackets are named for their distinctive yellow and black coloration that covers their bodies. Adult workers are typically 3/8-5/8 inches long while queens are typically about ⅞ inch long or larger.
Unlike other hornets, yellow jackets prefer to make their nests underground. Yellow jacket nests are made up of multiple layers and dozens of compartments that can brand deep into the ground. When not underground, they can often be found nesting in attics, behind walls, inside hollow trees, in barns, in retaining walls, and inside landscaping.
Bees are flying insects that can range in size from less than 1/10 of an inch to an inch and a half in length depending on the species and the bee’s role in the colony. In Ventura County and the surrounding areas, the most common bees are bumblebees and honey bees.
Bees are best known for their role in pollination as they move from flower to flower in search of nectar and pollen. Because they are so important to the ecosystem, bee infestations should only be handled by a professional to ensure the treatment is applied safely and effectively.
The Guaranteed Results You Need At The Prices You Want
We understand the concern with professional pest control methods. You never really think you’ll have to spend money on this kind of thing, but you really don’t have a choice with your family’s health on the line. As a family owned and operated business, we understand how important your family is to you, so we promise all of our customers safe and effective pest protection methods for prices that won’t ruin your budget.
With 60+ years of customer satisfaction and guaranteed pest protection on your side, you can say goodbye to bee and wasp dangers for good. Give us a call today to schedule a free inspection.