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At Miller Pest & Termite, our stinging insect removal is included in our pest control packages! Unlike our competitors, you never need to purchase additional services just to keep your family safe.
Honey bees are often misidentified as bumblebees and vice versa. Honey bees will vary in color from yellow to black with brown or black bands across their abdomens, while bumblebees are much rounder, sometimes more colorful, and live in smaller hives than honey bees.
When stung by a honey bee, the barbed ends of their stinger will stick in the skin, removing the stinger from the bee and killing the bee. Bumblebees lack a barbed stinger, allowing them to continue stinging. The bumblebee is less likely to sting humans but will do so if harmed or their hive is disturbed.
If you find a colony of honey bees that appear to be setting up shop in your garden, you may need them to be removed. Honey bee removal is something you should never attempt on your own. Only experienced beekeepers and pest control professionals should attempt to move honey bee hives because:
Miller Pest & Termite does not treat for honey bees. Instead, we ask you to work with local beekeepers in your area to safely remove the hive from your home. If the bee hive is an issue of customer safety, Miller will attempt to remove the nest and bring to a local beekeeper ourselves.
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The Africanized honey bee has been found in Kansas City, and they’ve even been reported to have made it through the harsh winters in Colorado. While still a rare sight in our area, you should always be wary of the Africanized honey bee and call professionals if you believe they’ve invaded your yard.
The Africanized honey bee is very protective of its hive and will aggressively defend its nest at even the slightest provocation. Stings from an Africanized honey bee can be extremely painful and trigger allergic reactions. If the hive has been built inside your home rather than in your garden, you can run the risk of honey seeping into the walls or ceilings and damaging your home.
If the hive is especially heavy—which happens often—extra stress can be added to the area, puncturing sheetrock and causing a swarm to break out. Abandoned hives can attract a whole slew of other pests, including ants, silverfish, and rodents.
Do not attempt to remove Africanized honey bees yourself! You can create a dangerous situation for yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. There are also special rules in some areas about who can handle bees and how they must be handled. Don’t risk breaking any laws—call Miller Pest & Termite!
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Yellow Jackets are distinctive stinging insects; they have segmented bodies, no hair, and thin waists with a defined yellow-and-black striped pattern. These pests are more aggressive than wasps and hornets, meaning an expert yellow jacket exterminator is a necessity!
We don’t recommend attempting yellow jacket removal on your own. Fortunately, here at Miller Pest & Termite, our experts won’t stop until your issue has been resolved. Like other stinging insects, their removal should be left to our professional yellow jacket exterminators.
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Wasps also have a distinctive appearance. Their pinched waists, gray wings, black or brown bodies, and thin legs are dead giveaways. You may notice when you’re having a picnic outdoors or enjoy a sweet snack that wasps are zeroing in on your treat. Both wasps and hornets are attracted to the sugars in food—it’s a source of energy for them. Wasps are more aggressive than bees, stinging with little to no provocation. The threat they pose to humans and pets is great, making efficient wasp removal important.
It’s important to leave wasp nest removal to the professionals. If done incorrectly, wasps will perceive nearby people as threats and begin stinging in attempt to protect their home. Our wasp exterminators are specifically trained to safely and effectively remove wasps nests in and around your home.
Stop getting stung this summer! Call the professional wasp exterminators at Miller.
Hornets have a similar body to yellow jackets but on a larger scale. Instead of yellow and black markings, Hornets are typically black and white or a brownish-red. Hornets can be beneficial in the right environment. They prey on other insects you may not want around your home, but can become aggressive when disturbed.
Hornets are a subset of wasps that are larger in size and live in large, highly organized colonies. Each species likes to create their nests in different places, so a proper inspection by one of our wasp exterminators is necessary for proper removal. The most common nesting sites include:
Like wasps, hornets will attack whatever they perceive to be a threat to their colony—which is why hornet's nest removal should always be attempted by a professional! Unlike wasps, hornet nests can house thousands of workers, creating an impressive swarm when they have to be protective.
Get hornets out of your home today—before they swarm.
Stinging insects have their place in the food chain—but not in your home! These pests can be dangerous when they decide to build a nest in, on, or near your home. If you see a hive around your home, call Miller as soon as possible at 515-518-8864 for our stinging insect removal. Stinging insects can be territorial and aggressive if people and pets are a perceived threat to their nest.
While some bees, hornets, wasps, and more may set up camp at your home because they can, most often it’s because there’s a greater problem: a bug buffet. Depending on the exact species, your home may be an excellent source of insects, nectars, sweets, and more.
Stinging insects are active at the worst times. When the weather is nice and you want to spend it outdoors, bees, wasps, hornets, and more are buzzing around. Colonies are at their peak numbers, and the worker bees are out foraging for food in the late summer and early fall. These are the times to pay special attention to your home for stinging insects.
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While a professional is your best, most effective option for stinging insect control, there are a few ways you can help make your home safe against these dangerous pests!
To help make your home and yard less attractive to stinging insects, you can:
Still not sure what species you’re dealing with? That’s okay! The exterminators here at Miller Pest & Termite are experts in dealing with all sorts of stinging insects and can have your home bee-free in no time!