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Carpenter Bee

They get their name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. They are about 1/2 to 1” long and are yellow and black. They are solitary Bees and rarely attack painted wood. The males do not have a stinger, but the female has a potent sting but it is rarely used. They eat food and nectar from flowering plants. Treatments include liquid, dusts and aerosols.


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Honey Bee

They get their name from the sweet yellowish to brownish fluid they make from the nectar of flowers and use as food. Honey bees not only provide honey and wax, but as pollinators are of far greater importance. Adult workers are about 1/2 to 5/8” long and are usually orangish brown to sometimes black and have a barbed stinger. Honey bees are not aggressive, and do not search for something to attack. Instead, they are defensive and will attack only whatever seem to threaten the colony. If their nest is located near human activity, control is warranted. Treatments include removal and appropriately labeled insecticides and aerosols.



Cicada Killer

This wasp gets its common name from the fact that it hunts and provisions each of its nest cells with a cicada as food for its young. They are about 1-1 5/8” long with yellow and black markings. They are solitary and do not live in colonies or nests. Females have stingers but in general do not sting unless handled or stepped on. Males will buzz people but cannot sting. These are beneficial insects by helping to control cicada populations. Treatments include liquid, dusts and aerosols.


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Paper Wasps

They get their common name from the paper like material of which they construct their nests. They are about 5/8-3/4” long and are brownish with yellow markings. Paper wasps are semi-social, existing in small colonies. Paper wasps are beneficial insects, helping to control many insect pests. If their nest is located near human activity, control is warranted. Treatments include liquid and aerosols.



Yellow Jackets

They receive their common name from their typical black and yellow color pattern. They are about 3/8-5/8” long. They are social insects and live in nests or colonies. Depending on the species, the overwintered queen will usually select either a subterranean or aerial nesting site. Most of the pest species are ground nesting. They are beneficial as their food consists mostly of various arthropods, often pest species. They are slow to sting unless the nest entrance is approached and then they are quite aggressive. Each can sting a number of times, inflicting much pain. Treatments include liquid and aerosols.


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