St Louis Pest Control Blog

Bumble Bees – Why you shouldn’t treat their nest

Bumble bee nest should not be removed, unless they are putting you or loved ones in harms way.  Bumble bee populations are already on the decline throughout the US, and as a major player in pollinating our plants, their importance is considered very high.

Although, once again, if the bees are causing you to be in harms way, eliminating the nest and killing the colony is justified.  The Bumble bee commonly nests in some type of cavity.  At Blue Chip, we have found them nesting in abandoned animal burrows, tree hollows, yard fixtures or decorations, and in wood tie walls.

Treating a Bumble Bee nest is not too difficult, but you will want to treat it just before dawn or after dusk.  When treating a social stinging insect nest during those times you will get a greater kill due to the fact that all the bees within the colony will be inside the nest for the night.  When treating the nest, using a dust application is the best material to use because it will travel better inside nest than a liquid.  Once the treatment has been made, the colony should be dead within 48hrs (sometimes quicker).  If activity is still present after the 48hr window has passed, a second application might be needed.  When using a dust to treat a nest, you’ll want to make sure you are getting a large amount dust directly into the nest opening.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

Paper Wasps – Easy To Treat

Paper Wasps are among the easiest stinging insects to treat.  They are considerably more docile than other social stinging insects, such as Yellow Jackets or Hornets.  Paper Wasps around a house are typically found hanging from areas that give the nest some protection from above.

A direct application of almost any insecticide you have sitting in your garage will do the trick.  Simply spray the nest, and the wasps will then fall off the nest to the ground or fly away.  At this point, take a broom, knock off the nest, and step on it and throw it away.  You may get a new nest in the same area, but it won’t be the same wasps you just treated.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

 

Bald Face Hornets

Ah, the Bald Face hornet; one of the most aggressive stinging insect we have in the St. Louis area.

Most people don’t realize they’ve had a nest on their property until late fall when all the leaves have fallen off the tree, revealing a large aerial nest.  Those who find the nest earlier sometimes find out the hard way; after accidentally coming into contact with it and being stung.  Either way, you do not want to knock the nest down until you have successfully killed the colony within.

Some people like to hang  old hornets nest in their porches or even in their basements as decorations.  If you have plans to do this, you will have to wait it out until early winter to cut down the nest.  If you try to do it any earlier, you may have an unwanted surprise waiting for you.   To ensure you do not bring any unwanted insects into your home, I suggest that you place the nest into a plastic garbage bag and leave it outside until mid-winter. This ensures the cold will kill any insects that may have been still inside the nest.

Now, if you are trying to kill and remove a hornet nest, because it has already stung you or it is located in a an area that someone may get stung; you should approach it with caution, and a good retreat strategy.   Hornets are one insect that hiring professional pest control company is usually a good idea.  At Blue Chip, our technicians use their power spray equipment to shoot a stream of pesticide directly onto, and sometimes into the nest.  The pesticide soaks into the nest killing the hornets over a few day period.  After the nest is dead, the customer can safely remove the nest the exterior of the home or can be left to deteriorate naturally if located in a tree as nests are never reused.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

Mud Daubers … What are those mud tubes on my house?

Mud Daubers are a solitary stinging insect that commonly make mud tubes on structures in order to lay their eggs in and to allow their young a place to mature.

The Mud Dauber, believe it or not, is actually a beneficial insect to have around your house even though the mud structures are unsightly.  The mud duber constructs the mud nest to prevent other insects from preying on its offspring.  As a solitary insect, the adult wasp does not use this structure as a normal nest like a honey bee or yellow jacket would.  It’s only purpose is to house an egg within a single mud gallery and  trap a paralyzed insect (mostly spiders) in there with it.  The egg will then hatch and the larvae will have a fresh meal to consume.  After the larvae stage the  insect will go into a cocoon stage and emerge as an adult and start the same process over again.

Because they prey upon smaller insects, they do help eliminate some of them around your home.  If you are like me, and think their nest is unsightly, you need to knock down the nest as you find them.  There will be no swarm of wasps to protect it.  In fact, as soon as mud structure is completed, the adult will abandon the nest and start a new one elsewhere.

At Blue Chip, our technicians stray the nest exterior allowing the pesticide to be absorbed into the nest killing the larvae inside.  If you are a Do-It-Yourself’er, we sell products that can mixed into your pump-up garden sprayer at our three retail locations.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

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