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To control pests that can present problems for you or your home you need to accurately identify them.
What is the difference between bees and wasps?
Though bees and wasps are of a similar size and shape, you will easily be able to differentiate between the two by their colors.
Wasps are bright yellow and black with bright yellow legs. They are predominantly black on their front half, with bright yellow markings and predominantly bright yellow on their back half with black stripes down each side of the abdomen. Wasps also have longer, thicker antennae than bees.

Bees display a dull shade of yellow or a golden brown color. They also have black stripes around their body. Unlike the wasp that has yellow legs, bees have black legs. This is probably the easiest way to differentiate between the two.

Wasps can nest in various cavities, walls, ceilings and trees. However the most likely place for a wasp nest to occur is in the ground. These nests are easily sighted due to the constant wasp activity above the nest. However the nest holes could be well hidden amongst vegetation.

Bees often nest in tree or wall cavities and can nest in compost bins and cavities such as old suitcases. Bees, like wasps, are not aggressive and will go about their day to day duties unless they feel threatened or are under attack. Try to avoid the flight path of swarming bees and wasps. Both bees and wasps are best left to their own devices

Bees are most active during the warmer months of the year, from, early spring to late summer. They invade houses in order to establish new colonies and shelter. Scout bees will fly around a building, looking for entry points. Usually these are holes in the mortar of brick walls, in ventilation holes (weep holes) and under tiles on roofs, etc. They do not fly far from a previous colony and it is not unusual to see a swarm of bees settle onto a house in just a few seconds.

This is why bee jobs are considered to be an emergency as many people are allergic to their stings, some severely. They are not naturally aggressive except when defending an established hive. People normally get stung by bees when they step on, lean on or pick them off their clothing. Walking within their flight path can agitate them, as will fast and jerky movements near the hive.

Pest Control of Bees:

The chief pollinators of our food crops are domestic honeybees which have been hard-hit in recent years by a combination of parasitic mites, disease, starvation caused by severe weather and pesticide poisoning. This is why our company does not use any poisons to get rid of the bees. The best time of the day for the treatment is either early morning or late afternoon. This is when they remain inactive inside the colony.

If you have wasps or bees nesting on your property, (private or leased), it is your responsibility to have them removed. It is recommended you call a pest control company to solve the problem swarm. If you have your own protective clothing the best time to remove a nest is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. These times will ensure the majority of the colony will be in the nest.

WARNING: Treating Bees yourself can be dangerous. Call a Pest Professional to safely treat your Bee problem.

Call Russ' Bee Removal at 619-470-0782 or request a FREE pest control quote.


Yellow jackets and other wasps are feared because they can sting humans and pets. Unlike bees, female wasps can sting repeatedly. If left undisturbed, most species wasps and hornets are not aggressive to human or other animals. If a nest is disturbed, wasps release a chemical which triggers the wasps to defend the nest. Yellow jackets are an exception. They are aggressive by nature and become especially persistent when foraging for limited food at the end of the summer.

Normal reactions to stings include pain, redness, itching and swelling at the sting site. Ice and table salts are helpful in managing the symptoms. Symptoms can occur immediately after a sting or take longer to appear, and may last for several hours.

People who are hypersensitive have some or all of these symptoms:

     - Difficulty breathing, caused by swelling of the air passages.
     Shortness of breath, wheezing and a sensation of tightness in the chest are also symptoms.
     - Faintness and other shock symptoms.
     These symptoms are serious and may result in death.
     - Nausea, headache and chest or abdominal pain can also be symptoms of a hypersensitive reaction to a sting.

Pest Control of Wasps:

In order for the nest to be destroyed you need to locate the nest. To find the nest you need to establish the direction the wasps are flying. To do this, place a protein-based food source (i.e. meat or pet food) in a visible location. Once the wasp has collected the food, it will fly in a direct line to the nest. A wasp may be scavenging for food up to 1,500 feet from the nest. Keep relocating the food sources in the direction of the nest. You may need to work cooperatively with your neighbors.
Nests are located where shelter is available. Common locations for nests include retaining walls, tree hollows and wall cavities. Nests are often underground, and will be evident by a stream of wasps entering and leaving a hole in the ground. The nest is made of grey paper Mache type material. Nests constructed of mud are not wasp nests. Wasps are attracted to sweet food and meat. This is why they are commonly a nuisance at outdoor eating venues and barbeques.

WARNING: Treating Wasps yourself can be dangerous. Call a Pest Professional to safely treat your Wasp problem.

Call Russ' Bee Removal at 619-470-0782 or request a FREE pest control quote.

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