Bees and wasps may be an important part of a healthy environment in Tallahassee, FL, but you certainly don’t want them inside your home or nesting on your property. These insects cause painful stings that can be even more dangerous and potentially life-threatening for people who are allergic.
Even though cheap and DIY options can seem appealing, homeowners should never try to remove bee or wasp nests on their own. Professionals with expertise and specialized equipment can effectively get rid of nests before they get too large and cause potential danger to you or your family. Before you can eradicate bees and wasps from your home, it’s important to identify exactly what kind of insect you’re dealing with. Here are some of the most common types of bees in Tallahassee, FL.
What kinds of stinging insects live in Tallahassee?
Africanized bees, commonly known as “killer bees,” have become a problem for homeowners in Tallahassee. They have a deep yellow coloring with bands of brown around their midsection. Africanized bees are about ½ inch long at full-size and can be found across seven US states, including Florida.
Africanized bees produce painful stings and will attack if you try to agitate or get within close proximity of their nest. They are not picky nesters, but they tend to choose spaces that are hollow or concave, including garages, sheds, crawl spaces, and trees. They usually create small nest colonies, meaning they can hide in unexpected spaces. Africanized bees are especially dangerous because of their capability to produce powerful stings. If you find yourself encountering killer bees, they don’t give up easily. Africanized bees can travel up to ¼ mile in pursuit once they deem you as a threat.
Paper wasps are found across the Tallahassee area and often build nests along the sides of human made structures, which is a major problem for homeowners. These insects are ¾ inch long at full-growth and typically a burnt orange or brown color. Paper wasps collect wood from trees, wooden decks and patio furniture, playsets, and wooden areas on houses, mix it with their saliva, and create a paste to build their nest. Paper wasp nests are usually gray in color and shaped like an upside-down umbrella, with a honeycomb pattern, facing down and a thin strip attaching the nest to a structure. A paper wasp nest can easily hold up to 100 insects, making it very dangerous for homeowners to try and remove on their own.
Of all the most common stinging insects in Tallahassee, yellow jackets are absolutely the most aggressive. These wasps are about ½ inch in length at full-growth and have yellow and black stripes. Yellow jackets typically nest in wall voids or spaces such as attics, crawl spaces, and holes in the ground. Their nests are made using the same technique as paper wasps, but yellow jacket nests are often far larger, and the honeycomb pattern is tucked inside the nest. The outside of yellow jacket nests look like rounded paper cartons. Most times you won’t even see the nest because they mostly nest in the ground. You may not even know that yellow jackets are nesting in your lawn until you step on it or run over it with a lawn mower accidentally, only to be swarmed by large numbers of dangerous pests. Removing a yellow jacket nest on your own is extremely dangerous. Yellow jackets live in colonies of up to 4,000 insects and can sting multiple times when provoked.
What should I do if I find a stinging insect nest on my property or in my house?
If you find an Africanized bee, paper wasp, or yellow jacket nest on your property, in your attic, or in wall voids, do not touch it. They’re called stinging insects for a reason! To defend the colony, these pests will attack without question, some chasing you further into your neighborhood. Not only are DIY strategies dangerous, but these tips almost never come from anyone with professional training and pest control certifications. Trust Capelouto to get rid of the stinging insect nest on your property or within your home safely and effectively.
How can Capelouto Termite and Pest Control get rid of stinging insects at my house?
When looking for help to get rid of bees and wasps from your Tallahassee home, you want a company you can trust. Don’t just go with the first cheap company to come along. Generally, you get what you pay for when it comes to professional pest control services. If you find stinging insects nesting on your property, call Capelouto Termite & Pest Control right away to avoid nasty stings. Call us or fill out the contact form on this page to speak with one of our specialists today!