Bees, Wasps & Yellow Jackets
Bees are communal insects They engineer and construct sophisticated nests
which can hold as many as many as 20,000 bee’s in the summer. Although there may be only one queen her primary mission in life is to lay more than1,500 eggs
a day and can live up to eight years. Bee colonies will reside in openings such as hollow trees, or walls in housing structures and will occupy these same nest more than one year. Once they build a nest within your walls, they need to be eradicated by a professional
Bees defend their nests when disturbed or to attack predators. Although mostly harmless, some bee stings may be dangerous and may vary depending on the individual. A physicians advice is recommended. Symptoms may include: itching, swelling, redness, coughing, tightness in throat, wheezing, respiratory problems, sweating, nausea, and dizziness, in the nasal, mouth or throat area stings may be fatal.
If a bee sting occurs try and remove the stinger by rubbing or scraping across the area. Wash and clean the area, apply an ice pack and lower temperature. Apply unseasoned tenderizer and water for 25 minutes, apply wet tea bag for 25 minutes, and calamine lotion, antihistamines with a physicians approva. For at least an hour individuals should be watched in case emergency treatment should be sought.
The Yellow Jacket, or Yellow-Jacket, is known most commonly in Michigan a sthe Wasp. A relative of the Hornet, the yellow jackets have a spear-like stinger with small barbs and sting repeatedly, Unless you are heavily allergic, yellow-jacket stings are not fatal.Wasp nests are usually located in trees, shrubs, attics, hollow walls or flooring, sheds, under porches or decks and in burrows and are made from wood fiber chewed into a paper-like pulp. Yellow-jackets are aggressive and a professional pest control company like Hi-Tech Pest Control may be required to remove the infestation completely and safely.