Wasp, Bees, and Hornet Extermination in Chicago
Wasps, bees, and hornets are stinging pests that are often found in the Chicago area. Bees, the first of the three groups include Honey Bees, Carpenter Bees, Bumble Bees, and solitary ground bees. Unlike bees, who find their resources from plants, wasps are veracious hunters. Included in this group are Yellow Jackets, Paper Wasps, Mud Daubers, Cicada Killers, and Masonry Wasps. Hornets, which are really just large wasps, include the Bald Faced Hornet and the European Hornet. While they all have differences, they do have a couple of similarities; they are territorial and nature has equipped them with a very potent weapon. The stings of wasps and bees are painful to all but they can be deadly to those who are allergic to wasp and bee venom.
Some of the species are solitary in nature and some live in very complex social societies (some wasps and bees are closely related to ants because of this). The time of year can help identify what type of problem you are having and also impacts how to proceed with the treatment program. While there are some species that overwinter in the adult stage and are not killed by the cold temperatures during our winter most species of stinging pests are one season colonies. While this year’s colony will be eliminated by the cold weather in late fall, they will have released next year’s queens long before the advent of adverse temperatures. Taking care of this year’s problem before the release of the new reproductive members will save you problems next year.
Understanding the behavior and biology of the specific species also helps in the identification of the type of stinging pest as well as the location of and reason for the nest. Some of these species nest in the ground, some nest in voids (like the walls of our homes and buildings), some suspend their nests from a surface from above (like the eaves to our buildings), and in some situations the building presents a number of areas that the different species can take advantage of simultaneously. This can include the availability of multiple nesting sites or a resource site that is bountiful enough for multiple groups to take advantage of without disturbing the other wasps or bees.
Effective pest control treatment starts with properly identifying the creature that you are dealing with. Once our trained professionals identify the pest, our team will develop a plan to solve your stinging pest problem. As an example, Honey Bees are a species that require special care because they are such an important part of the environment. Situational factors will determine if extraction is an option, or if elimination is necessary. Not only will we work to ensure that you are satisfied with the treatment results, but our company will give you the information that you will need to prevent problems with this pest in the future. Because a deep understanding of the habits and behaviors of that individual species are essential to eliminating the problem, it is very important to enlist the help of an expert as you go into battle against these pests. Our attention to detail combined with our expertise have allowed our company to help thousands of clients through similar situations, and we are confident that we can do the same for you.
Some stinging pest problems can be directly attributed to the functions associated with the property, such as in the case of a resource center. Access to food, water, and building materials can attract stinging pests even without the presence of a nesting site. In most cases, a minor environmental change can prevent the issue from recurring in the future. We believe that preventing future outbreaks is just as important as managing current problems. Simple prevention techniques include making your site less attractive and other locations in the area much more appealing to pests. By simply removing or limiting access to food, water, and supplies, pests will be inclined to seek out these resources elsewhere. Additionally, some of these situations are also dependant on other pest issues, such as Mud Daubers who hunt spiders. Eliminate the spiders and the Mud Daubers go elsewhere for food for their developing young.
As you can see knowledge is paramount to elimination and prevention. One of a number of reasons to make sure that your provider understands the creature in question is that improper treatments can exasperate the situation and turn a nuisance situation into a stinging situation. As a company, we are not a proponent of the mass application of chemicals as an answer to a stinging pest issue. We believe that chemical applications should be surgical in nature. This eliminates the issue without exasperating the risk level to those who might be affected by these chemicals. We choose products that are relatively slow to act and are not perceived as a threat by the pest. This is a more environmentally friendly approach to pest control. The application of chemicals which have no purpose or usefulness, no matter how benign in nature, is an overuse of chemicals. At A-Alert, our methods allow us to follow proper protocols for these pests while using a minimal amount of chemicals to solve issues.