Bees, Wasps, Hornets
Over 425 native species of ground-nesting, wood-nesting and parasitic bees have been found in Missouri alone, and while only few species of bees and wasps should be feared, it is still recommended that you have exterminator services available to protect yourself and your home. Mild temperatures make residential areas and public parks inviting, and as a result stinging insects are more active then ever.
Honey Bees are often seen pollinating the local flower life, but should they decide to establish a nest in or near your house, they can quickly become a nuisance. When this happens, the bees are no longer occasional visitors but unwelcome and often hazardous pests.
Wasps are likewise great for the environment, keeping the spider population under control, but with hot tempers and a habit of building nests in unwanted places, it is a good idea to remove them before someone gets stung. A wasp nest can hold up to 5,000 individual members and are often constructed on the sides of doorways, walls, roof overhangs and inside attics.
Stinging insects pose serious health and safety risks for anyone visiting your home, and because they are most active in the summer months, taking preventative and cautionary pest control action is a good idea. Both bees and wasps are extremely territorial, so if you spend a lot of time outdoors gardening, playing with your kids or enjoying a drink on your backyard deck, be on the lookout for early signs of infestation.
Click here for some of the major things to look for with stinging insects in our “Are Stinging Insects Ruining Your Summer Fun?” blog.