Bees and wasps commonly build hives on the outsides and insides of buildings in the Las Vegas Valley. These insects will aggressively defend their homes with venomous stings that are very painful and can lead to severe health complications. The actual aggression and venom levels vary greatly between the many species, with Africanized honey bees, yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets being the worst of the bunch.
To keep stinging insects from nesting around your home, it’s best to address any factors which might draw them to your property. Most wasps and hornets are attracted to the stench of rotting food, especially fruits, so it’s best to avoid leaving food waste in the outside garbage or to properly cover the trash if you must do so. You should also regularly dispose of fruit dropped by trees in your yard. It’s also good to be diligent in sealing any holes in the side of your home or other buildings on the property like woodsheds. Bees and wasps commonly use dark, warm holes to build their nests. Keep an eye on the underhang of your roof and porch, too, as this tends to be another favored site for hive building.
If you’ve discovered bee or wasp hives on your property, contact D-Termination Pest Control at 702-878-1002 so we can remove the nests before someone gets stung!
Bees play a vital role in the pollination of plants and most are non-aggressive, so it would be best to avoid harming them unless they’ve built a hive on the outside or inside of your building. However, Africanized honey bees earn their infamous nickname: killer bees! These invasive bees are hyper-aggressive and will often swarm to sting a perceived threat hundreds of times. Because Africanized honey bees are nigh-indistinguishable from their docile European cousins, any honey bee hive found around your home should be regarded as a threat.
Wasps and hornets also tend to be very territorial and, unlike bees, they can sting you multiple times when angered! Although wasps and hornets actually inject less venom per sting than bees do, the fact that they can sting multiple times mean they pose a much greater threat, especially to people with allergies. Most wasps and hornets build large papery nests both in trees and on the sides of buildings. These nests may be as small as a baseball or larger than a basketball, depending on the number of insects living within.
If you want to naturally deter bees and wasps from nesting near your home, there are a number of plants which produce a fragrance that is repellent to stinging insects. Marigolds, geraniums, basil, mint and wormwood are all examples of plants that have a preventative effect on bees and wasps. If you’re concerned about being stung by individual wasps or bees, or you want to eliminate a small nest, there are many insecticidal sprays that you can purchase. However, these sprays will be ineffective against a large hive. Fake wasp nests are a commonly sold deterrent that aren’t effective. Studies have shown that wasps are not warded off by the presence of another nest in the area, and may even build a real nest over a fake one!
Bees and wasps both go through a life cycle of four distinct phases: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Eggs laid in the hive hatch into larvae, which then develop into immobile, hard-shelled pupae. Finally, the winged adult insects emerge from the pupae.
There are three different types of adult bees and wasps: queens, drones and workers. There is generally only one queen per hive, and she is the one who lays all of the eggs. A queen may lay up to 1,500 eggs per day and over one million in her lifetime! Workers are non-reproductive females that protect the hive, gather honey and handle all other duties. Drones are male insects that lack stingers, and live only to mate with the queen, after which they die immediately.
One of the biggest differences between bees and wasps is their stingers. Bee stingers are barbed, which means that stinging is suicide for a bee; when it attempts to dislodge its barbed stinger, it will end up disemboweling itself. By contrast, wasps and hornets have smooth stingers which can be used multiple times without any harm to themselves. This is why most bees are docile and only sting as a last resort, while wasps and hornets tend to be hostile and sting any perceived threat immediately.
If bees or wasps build a hive on the side of your house, they will defend it by stinging anyone who comes too close. If you’ve discovered any stinging insects developing a nest on your property, you should bring in a professional pest control company to remove the hive before it grows too large.
Call D-Termination today at 702-878-1002 for all of your wasp and bee control needs in the greater Las Vegas area! We service Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, and other surrounding areas with bee & wast removal.