Bees & Wasps

 

Specializing in Bee Hive Removal

We specialize in bee, wasp, yellow-jacket and ground bee hive removal.

Sometimes bees and wasps choose to make their beehive in the wrong place and they can be aggressively territorial over their hive. They are known to protect the hive with their lives. If you have a beehive in or around your home, you and your children as well as your pets could be in for some trouble. It is especially dangerous if someone has an allergy to the poison in bee stings. What can you do to get rid of the problem?

Safeguard Pest Solutions knows how to deal with a bee and wasp problems. In fact, we specialize in bee and wasp hive removal.  Give us a call – 231-903-0063 – and we’ll be happy to get rid of hives in and around your property.

 

About Bees

It’s important to know that not all bees are bad. Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and also beeswax. Some species including honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees live socially in colonies. Bees are feed on nectar as an energy source and pollen is used primarily for protein and other nutrients. Bee pollination is important both ecologically and commercially. The decline in wild bees has increased the value of pollination by commercially managed hives of honey bees.

Common bees found in Michigan are the American Bumble Bee, the Carpenter Bee, the Honey Beeand various species of ground and sweat bees. Most species of bees in West Michigan are non aggressive, but will sting if they feel the hive is threatened. Bee stings inject the victim with a small amount of poison. Often, bees will lose their stinger in your skin. For most people, this poison causes minor pain, irritation and swelling. A small number of people may experience serious, life-threatening allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are severe swelling of the face, lips or throat, breathing difficulties, nausea or vomiting. If you notice these symptoms, get medical help quickly.

If you know you are allergic, why take a chance? Safeguard Pest Solutions specializes in bee and wasp hive removal and are able to help you when you notice that there is a problem on your property. Call (231-903-0063) or email Mike at

 mike@safeguardsolutions.com 

and we’ll schedule a time to move those stingers out!

About Carpenter Bees

Most Carpenter Bees are prevalent  to the southern half of Michigan. Adult Carpenter bees resemble the common bumble bee, they are large (20-30mm), robust, but have a shiny bluish-black abdomen. Bumble bees on the other hand have a hairy abdomen that is mostly yellow. Carpenter bees build nests in wood. Softwoods ( pine, redwood, fir, cedar, and spruce) are preferred but they have been known to nest in hardwoods like willow and oak. The nest consists of a round entrance hole of about 1/2 inch diameter by one to two inches deep, and have a system of tunnels oriented along the grain of the wood. Tunnels range in length from a half of a foot to several feet (after years of use). Nests are commonly located in porches, eaves, fascia boards, garages, sheds, carports, fences, window trim, lamp posts, and other wood objects. They tend to avoid wood that is painted, white washed or covered with bark. They become active when the temperatures reach the about 70 degrees. There are two principle concerns about Carpenter bees activity. One concern is the possibility of stings – which is a minor concern since the females are hesitant to sting without being provoked.  The males do not sting at all. The second concern deals with wood damage which is more of a aesthetic problem since they rarely nest in structural timbers. So, while these are pesty insects, they are not especially dangerous.

About Wasps

While the vast majority of wasps play no role in pollination, a few species can effectively transport pollen and pollinate several plant species. Since wasps generally do not have a fur-like covering of soft hairs and a special body part for pollen storage as some bees do, pollen does not stick to them well.

Many solitary wasps raise their young by laying eggs on or in other insects (any life stage from egg to adult). Unlike true parasites, the wasp larvae eventually kill their hosts. Solitary wasps parasitize almost every pest insect, making wasps valuable in horticulture for biological pest control of species such as whitefly in tomatoes and other crops.

There are many different wasps found in Michigan, but the most common are the Hornet and Yellow Jacket. Yellow jackets and hornets live together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Wasps are considered pests when they become excessively common, or nest close to buildings. People are most often stung in late summer, when wasp colonies stop breeding new workers. The existing workers search for sugary foods and are more likely to come into contact with humans; if people then respond aggressively, the wasps sting. Wasp nests made in or near houses, such as in roof spaces, can present a danger as the wasps may sting if people come close to them. Stings are usually painful rather than dangerous, but in rare cases, people may suffer life-threatening allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are severe swelling of the face, lips or throat, breathing difficulties, nausea or vomiting. If you notice these symptoms, get medical help quickly.

Don’t want to risk getting stung? We specialize in bee and wasp hive removal and are ready when you need to call for help.

Call: 231-903-0063

We’ll be there when you are ready to get rid of hives in and around your property.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jackets are commonly referred to as bees because of their similar size and sting, but they are actually a wasp. They are typically .5in (12mm) long with alternating black, yellow and white bands on the abdomen. They are not covered in tan-brown dense hairs like the honeybee and do not carry pollen.

The yellow jacket stinger is a lance-like stinger with small barbs on it. They typically sting multiple times, but the barbs can get stuck and will pull free from the wasps body. Like most bee venom, it is primarily only dangerous to individuals who are allergic, or are stung many times.

Yellow Jackets build their nests in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside man-made structures, or in soil cavities, tree stumps, mouse burrows, etc. They build them from wood fiber they chew into a paper-like pulp. Extreme caution should be taken when dealing with any wasp nest, especially a mature one. The yellow jacket is extremely territorial and protective of its nest, especially in the month of August when it is most active. Over the counter wasp killers can be effective. Be sure to read the entire label carefully as these are extremely toxic and can cause significant harm to yourself or the area. If you are known to be allergic to bees it is advised that you call a professional.

Safeguard Pest Control service area covers West Michigan:  Allendale 49401, Coopersville 49404, Fremont 49412 & 49413, Grand Haven 49417, Grand Rapids Areas, Holland 49423 & 49424, Hudsonville 49426, Spring Lake 49456, Marne 49435, Montague 49437, Muskegon 49442, New Era 49446, Norton Shores 49441, Rockford 49341 & 49351, Rothbury 49452, Twin Lake 49457, West Olive 49460, Whitehall 49461 & 49463, Zeeland 49464 and more.