Bees & Wasps in Atlantic & Cape May Counties
What to Expect After Treatment
Carpenter bees have two “broods” per year, late spring and usually mid-summer, although emergence time depends on temperature. We have treated surfaces that carpenter bees tend to infest with a material that will last one complete season or at least 6 months. It takes up to two weeks to take effect especially in early spring’s cool or rainy weather. Males are aggressive, but can not sting. After two weeks and for up to 6 months if you still see carpenter bees infesting the area that we’ve treated, give us a call.
Wasps and Hornets
Your technician has treated the visible wasp and hornet nests you called us to remove. In some cases we may need to return later to remove the nest because many members of the colony are still in the field. Please do not disturb the nest after treatment. In some cases the nest is inaccessible and can not be removed by us, your technician will let you know. There maybe some staining on siding and brick in some cases that we can’t remove, usually a power washer can be used to remove this staining. In rare cases enough workers survive in the field to rebuild the nest, let us know and we will return to remove it. We warranty nest removal for 60 days. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are extremely aggressive in the late season, especially in warmer weather.
Honey bees are the only stinging insect that survives the winter as a complete colony. They store honey in wax honey combs to survive year ‘round. The bees beat their wings to keep the hive cool and prevent the wax from melting. If we kill honey bees in a wall void, the building owner must arrange to have a carpenter open the wall and remove the comb when the bees are dead to prevent the comb from melting. In spring, sometimes a colony will move or “swarm”. Unless these bees are clearly moving in to a structure, they should not be disturbed. This “ball of bees” may look like a hive, but the bees are moving and protecting their queen. They are not aggressive and should not be disturbed, but allowed to move.
Ground Dwelling Wasps
There are several types of ground dwelling wasps. Most are solitary wasps (as opposed to social) and are not aggressive. Sometimes, however, yellow jackets or bumble bees will inhabit old rodent holes and can be very aggressive. We will treat a single nest or area of infestation if they are in an area where you may interact with them. Depending on the species of insect, your technician will tell you what to expect.