Bees, Wasps & Yellow Jackets
Yellow Jackets, Honey Bees and Wasps are the most common bee problems you
are confronted with when trying to enjoy outside activities.
Since Yellow Jackets and Wasps are carnivorous (meat eaters) they tend
to swarm in just when you've "sparked the barbie". The smell
of meats and foods attract these annoying pests and many times they win
and everyone ends up inside.
Yellow Jackets can nest almost anywhere. They get in the attic, behind
the stucco or siding, trees, the ground and bushes. If a nest is located
in the structure or on your property, the remedy is to kill the nest,
thus ending that problem.
Wasps make a round, paper type nest that vary in size usually located under the
roof eaves or patio overhangs. The wasp tends the nest diligently packing
insects in the cells you see in the photo below. The insects will be food
for the developing baby wasp in the cell. Once the larva wasp is fully
developed, it will emerge and begin the process all over again. Wasps
are not normally aggressive when left undisturbed.
Honey Bees are pollinators. They are not carnivorous (meat eaters) like their cousins
the Yellow Jacket and Wasp. Honey Bees gather nectar and pollen from flowers
and return it to the nest. The Honey bees work diligently turning the
nectar and pollen into wax and honey. The Honey bee nest is made of the
wax they produce and the honey is "food" for the larva which
is packed into the cells. The cells are the incubator for the baby (larva)
bees. Each bee is tended in a manner that will dictate the type of honey
bee they become. They feed and tend the bees differently to produce a
"Drone Bee" (reproducers), "Worker Bee" (collectors)
or "Queen Bee" (egg layers). If they need to produce a new Queen
Bee, they will feed several larva bees specially with "Royal Jelly"
(special honey) to produce the Queens, once the Queens emerge a fight
between them will ensue until only one Queen survives and become the New
Queen Bee for the nest.
What does Bay-Valley do?
What if the Yellow Jacket or Wasp nest is not on your property? Well, that
is definitely more challenging. If the nest can't be killed then you're
stuck with the problem. We have developed a method to deal with nests
in your yard as described below.
Yellow Jacket nests on your property: We locate the nest and inject a material that has a residual to kill the
and the larva as well.
It is important to be sure to consider the larva (baby bees) that are still
in the nest after the adult bees are gone. Using a product that will kill
the adult and
emerging bees is necessary for successful treatment of a Bee nest.
Yellow Jacket nests
not on your property:
Yellow Jackets and most various types of bees will forage quite a distance
from where the nest resides. So, you may have a barbecue or be at a picnic
and as soon as you bring out the food and drinks...... Yellow Jackets
arrive. They smell the food or smoke, it's like a beacon bringing them in.
We have many customers who entertain outdoors. They may have parties, receptions
or frequent summer barbecues and people literally can't go outside
until dark when the bees go back to the nest. People with pools and kids
have difficulty picnicking outside because of the yellow jackets.
Yellow Jacket Baiting Method
These nests are located somewhere off their property. We make a bait designed
for the yellow jacket to bring the bait to the nest and feed it to the
larva. This process kills both the adults and larva.
Bee baiting is not in overnight remedy and bait must be replenished approximately
once a week for at least three weeks. Some homeowners need to have the
baiting done for almost the whole summer because there may be multiple
nests surrounding their home or neighborhood.
People living in the more rural areas, (in or near foothills, near fields,
parks etc...) tend to have more bee activity and bee baiting may be the
only option if they want to use their yard.