Hornets Will Swarm if Their Nests Are Threatened

Hornets Are Highly Territorial Insects

Published on August 23, 2017

Due to the fact that there are several wasps in one area there will be an established hierarchy of sterile females that will defend and build the nest, and reproductive males and females that will continue on to mate and have more offspring.

Hornets will build their football/soccer shaped nests out of paper or wood pulp mixed from saliva under the eaves of houses, in attics or in bushes and trees.

Social wasps also have a specific way that they mate. Before winter a reproductive female will mate with a reproductive male, and store the collected sperm. After hibernating for the winter, the female will build her nest and fertilize the eggs the way she chooses.

At the beginning all fertilized eggs will produce sterile females to help with the nest, but as the queen runs out of sperm to fertilize eggs the unfertilized eggs will produce male wasps which will help to further future population. After an egg is laid it usually takes around a week for it to hatch and then another 2 weeks to fully develop into an adult hornet.

Though Hornets are not as aggressive as a yellow jacket, a hornet sting is actually more painful than other wasp stings due to the large amount of acetylcholine that is injected into the human. Hornets can sting multiple times because their stingers are not barbed and will not stick to a human the way a bee’s stinger will.

A single sting will not be a severe threat to a human unless the person is allergic and then anaphylaxis will set in. If a human comes too close to a hornet’s nest or tries to unsuccessfully eliminate it, then hornets are capable of a full on assault resulting in hundreds of hornets attacking a single invader. If a hornet is killed then their last attempt at protecting the nest will cause them to release a pheromone that will result in the whole nest narrowing in on and attacking the invader.

If you are stung by a hornet it is best to place ice on the stung area. It is important that you clean the area often so that it does not become infected. Call your doctor or medical professional to discuss the treatment that is right for you.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas hornet control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If hornets have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced hornet removal experts.

Identifying and Removing Wasps’ Nests Around Your Home

Hire an Exterminator for Safe and Effective Wasp Nest Removal

At a glance, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a wasp and a bee, especially if you’re focusing on net getting stung. The principal difference between wasps and bees is that the former are carnivorous while the later feed on nectar and pollen. Wasps have smooth, sleek bodies with a thin profile, while bees have larger, hairy bodies, which they use for transporting pollen.

They are usually half an inch to three-quarters of an inch long and mainly feed on spiders. These insects are common problems for homeowners all across North America. Like many other insects, they are most active during the summertime.

Wasps can be dangerous, especially to kids who have developed allergic reactions to these pests. To make matters worse, these insects often make their nests in areas that may be inaccessible to some homeowners. Elderly people, in particular, may not have the means to remove a nest on their own. In these instances, nests may be allowed to grow to extreme sizes. Removal of these mega-nests require an exterminator for the occupant’s safety and well-being.

Wasps are either solitary or social. Solitary wasps will usually bother human beings unless provoked, and since they’re usually on their own, they really don’t present that great of a threat. Social wasps, on the other hand, can be significantly more dangerous, because they’ll always have back up, as it were, and they can quickly organize themselves into threatening swarms.

Once these social insects have established a nest, they will continue to return to it again and again, at which point they become territorial and have the potential to become highly aggressive. Many wasps prefer to build their nests under protected, shady areas, like under eaves, porch roofs, decks, sheds, and steps. Sometimes their nests are hard to locate because they can maneuver themselves into very small spaces.

One good method to determine exactly where the wasps have nested is to wait until dusk and then observe the flight patterns of the wasps. Just this mild degree of observation is usually enough to determine the general whereabouts of the nest, and even if you can’t find it that night, you may be able to see the nest itself the next day when visibility has improved.

If you are able to determine the exact location of a nest, it’s a good idea to call an exterminator to remove the nest quickly and safely. Homeowners often try to remove wasp nests themselves, but only end up aggravating them instead.

Occasionally, wasps will make their homes inside walls. This is probably the most difficult place from which to remove them, as they’re sheltered from all sides. Also, the wasps can detect noises that a homeowner may make trying to remove them, further angering them and causing them to swarm. If wasps are swarming about your home or office call an exterminator immediately. An exterminator will know exactly how to go about removing them safely without harm to occupants and pets.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas wasp control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If wasps have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced wasp removal experts.

Yellow Jackets May Create Indoor Nests

Yellow Jackets Are Beneficial Pests that Can Keep Dangerous Insects In Check

Yellow jackets are a sub-species of wasp that can identified by their black-and-yellow markings which run in rings around the segments of its body. Although yellow jackets are sometimes mistaken for bees by the causal observer, they are much leaner in shape and more streamlined than their fuzzier and rounder counterparts.

Like bees, yellow jackets are pollinators, although they are technically predatory scavengers and will feed on other insects, meat, and fish, as well as sugary substances. Their wide preference of foodstuffs means that they can be particular nuisances around garbage cans and picnics.

Yellow jackets are social insects and live in nests with thousands of individuals at a time. Most yellow jackets prefer to nest on the ground, and their colonies are often found underneath porches, steps, crawlspaces, and at the base of trees. Occasionally, yellow jackets will nest inside the hollows of walls, especially in older houses. Others, however, will make their nests off the ground, often in the branches of trees of in the rafters of man-made structures.

Most of the time, yellow jacket populations will die during the cold winter months. Sometimes, however, the population manages to live on, especially if their nest happens to be in a particularly sheltered location, which may allow a yellow jacket population to continue growing until it reaches upwards of one million members.

Yellow jackets can be aggressive insects, especially when their nest is threatened. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have the capacity to sting a target multiple times, thanks to their slender stinger and small barb-like point. Depending on the person, yellow jacket venom has the ability to cause severe allergic reaction which may even prove to be fatal depending on the number of times the person in question has been stung.

Despite the potential health risks they pose to humans, yellow jackets are beneficial pests that prey on a variety of damaging insects. Unless their nest is directly threatened, yellow jackets are usually to loath to sting, although they can occasionally become a nuisance to humans and pets, at which point a pest control expert should be consulted. For ground-level or below-ground nests, it’s common practice for pest control experts to employ an insecticide dust, which is administered in and around the nest entrance.

The matter becomes slightly more complicated when yellow jackets nest inside structures, however, as their entrance must be sealed until all the members of the colony are dead. Otherwise, the living members of the colony will try to escape through the inside of the structure, creating a stinging hazard for all the human occupants that happen to be inside.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas yellow jacket removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If yellow jackets have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced yellow jacket removal experts.

Differences Between Wasps and Hornets

Similarities Between Hornets and Wasps Often Confuse Homeowners

Hornets and wasps can be an unsightly addition to your home, can be very territorial and can be dangerously painful if encountered. If you have a hornet’s nest that is too close to your home it is best to consult a professional exterminator for help.

Wasp is a general term, such as ant or bee that is used as an umbrella to cover a large array of stinging pests. Some specific names that fall under the category of wasp include yellow jackets, mud daubers, hornets, paper wasps and pollen wasps.

All wasps have general physical characteristics that they share with one another including exoskeletons that cover their head, thorax, and their long narrow bodies, two pairs of wings of different lengths, two antennae and a stinger that can be used multiple times. Hornets are two inches in length and can range anywhere from yellow and black to white and black in color. Hornets actually feed on other insects and can help control a local environment’s pest infestations much the same way that ants and spiders can.

Wasps can be categorized into two types: solitary and social, and hornets are considered to be social wasps. Social wasps are made up of colonies much like ants where there is a queen that will build the beginnings of a nest and give birth to offspring that will stay and help to defend, raise new offspring, and continue to build the nest.

Due to the fact that there are several wasps in one area there will be an established hierarchy of sterile females that will defend and build the nest, and reproductive males and females that will continue on to mate and have more offspring. Hornets will build their football/soccer shaped nests out of paper or wood pulp mixed from saliva under the eaves of houses, in attics or in bushes and trees.

Social wasps also have a specific way that they mate. Before winter a reproductive female will mate with a reproductive male, and store the collected sperm. After hibernating for the winter, the female will build her nest and fertilize the eggs the way she chooses.

At the beginning all fertilized eggs will produce sterile females to help with the nest, but as the queen runs out of sperm to fertilize eggs the unfertilized eggs will produce male wasps which will help to further future population. After an egg is laid it usually takes around a week for it to hatch and then another 2 weeks to fully develop into an adult hornet.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas wasp control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If wasps have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced wasp removal experts.

Removing Wasps from Your Home

Catch Nests in Their Early Stages to Avoid Dangerous Wasp Swarms

At a glance, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a wasp and a bee, especially if you’re focusing on net getting stung. The principal difference between wasps and bees is that the former are carnivorous while the later feed on nectar and pollen. Wasps have smooth, sleek bodies with a thin profile, while bees have larger, hairy bodies, which they use for transporting pollen.

They are usually half an inch to three-quarters of an inch long and mainly feed on spiders. These insects are common problems for homeowners all across North America. Like many other insects, they are most active during the summertime.

Wasps can be dangerous, especially to kids who have developed allergic reactions to these pests. To make matters worse, these insects often make their nests in areas that may be inaccessible to some homeowners. Elderly people, especially, may not have the means to remove a nest on their own. In these instances, nests may be allowed to grow to extreme sizes, thereby exacerbating the problem through inaction.

Wasps are either solitary or social. Solitary wasps will usually bother human beings unless provoked, and since they’re usually on their own, they really don’t present that great of a threat. Social wasps, on the other hand, can be significantly more dangerous, because they’ll always have back up, as it were, and they can quickly organize themselves into threatening swarms.

Once these social insects have established a nest, they will continue to return to it again and again, at which point they become territorial and have the potential to become highly aggressive. Many wasps prefer to build their nests under protected, shady areas, like under eaves, porch roofs, decks, sheds, and steps. Sometimes their nests are hard to locate because they can maneuver themselves into very small spaces.

One good method to determine exactly where the wasps have nested is to wait until dusk and then observe the flight patterns of the wasps. Just this mild degree of observation is usually enough to determine the general whereabouts of the nest, and even if you can’t find it that night, you may be able to see the nest itself the next day when visibility has improved.

If you are able to determine the exact location of a nest, it’s a good idea to call a pest control professional to help you remove the nest quickly and safely. Homeowners often try to remove wasp nests themselves, but only end up aggravating them instead.

Occasionally, wasps will make their homes inside walls. This is probably the most difficult place from which to remove them, as they’re sheltered from all sides. Also, the wasps may detect any hammering or banging that a homeowner may make trying to remove them, further angering them and causing them to swarm. If this situation occurs, call an expert immediately, who will know exactly how to go about removing them.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas wasp control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If wasps have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced wasp removal experts.

Hornets & Wasps

Hornets and wasps can be an unsightly addition to your home and can be very territorial and dangerously painful if encountered. All wasps have general physical characteristics that they share with one another including exoskeletons that cover their head, thorax, and their long narrow bodies, two pairs of wings of different lengths, two antennae and a stinger that can be used multiple times. If a human comes too close to a hornet’s nest or tries to unsuccessfully eliminate it then hornets are capable of a full on assault resulting in hundreds of hornets attacking a single invader. If a single hornet is killed then their last attempt at protecting the nest will cause them to release a pheromone that will result in the whole nest narrowing in on and attacking the invader. If you have a hornet’s nest that is too close to your home it is best to consult a professional exterminator like Cantu Pest Control for help. Read more

Why Use a Local Dallas, TX Pest Control Company?

Why Using a Local Pest Control Company is Best

Many pests are consistent throughout regions such as the ants, bees, wasps, termites, and bed bugs; however, they do vary in their resistance to pesticides.  Many of the pest control professionals have a go-to pesticide for each of the most common pests.  If they overuse one pesticide or do not diversify the treatment enough, the pests can become resistant to the method of treatment.  This is knowledge that only a pest control professional in your vicinity can help with.  Local pest control companies are most familiar with the species of pests and the degree of treatment efficacy for pests in your area; thus making them more effective.

Remember that a pest control company should be a proactive reality that provides pest control maintenance throughout the year.  As a result, potential pest control issues will be lessened.  Also, if a pest control problem arises, the pest control professional will have a history with you, your property, and potential entry and exit points of pests.  When you do begin to select a pest control company, ask for their credentials and do not rush into a contract.  Ask neighbors, friends, and family in your area about pest control companies that they have had successful experiences with when selecting a pest control company.  Be sure to call the company and speak with them about liability insurance, value, and any guarantees.  Liability insurance is a must as it covers any damages to your home or belongings as a result of or during treatment.   Remember that you want to buy value as many companies will offer “bargains” that sound too good to be true and they usually are!  Finally, know all terms of the agreement of any proposed pest maintenance contract: the targeted pest or pests, the treatment proposed, the cost, the extent of the pest infestation, and what it will take to maintain and prevent further infestation.

Beware of companies that show up to your home uninvited and begin offering you pest maintenance contracts at “bargain” prices or free home pest inspections.  Chances are that they aren’t offering quality pest control services.  Pest control and maintenance can get costly so consider getting bids from multiple pest management companies.  Consider interviewing potential pest control companies as you are paying for their knowledge and know how as well as their judgment and skilled application of pesticides.  If you have any further questions, contact the State Department of Agriculture as it is the regulatory agency for pest control and maintenance companies.

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What is a Pesticide?

By definition, a pesticide is a chemical that is used to prevent or repel pests.  We commonly think of pesticides used to manage termites, ants, or bees that cause damage to our family or our home. However, pests can be any insect, rodent, bacteria, virus, fungi, plant, or other organism that causes harm or disease to our environment. Despite the negative connotation of pesticides, they are not all bad by definition.  Insect repellents and mildew sprays are considered pesticides and are monitored under the same strict requirements as any other, more potent pesticide.  Consider that algaecide used in fish aquariums and pools and disinfectants used to clean kitchen counters are pesticides that are highly regulated under state and federal law. The Office of Pesticide Programs of the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA regulates pesticides in the United States.

There are many types of pesticides and they vary in purpose.  For instance, insecticides control insects while herbicides control weeds. Common pesticides found in most homes include insect sprays, repellants, cleaners, and pool chemicals.  Review the following chart for common pesticides.

As seen in the table above, pesticides are designed to mitigate one or more pests.  Pesticides typically have a few active ingredients that are biochemically engineered, biologically engineered, or perhaps naturally occurring to combat a particular pest.  Pesticides that are biologically engineered or found to be naturally occurring are typically safer and more effective than those biochemically engineered.  Additionally, pesticides are primarily made up of inert ingredients.  In fact, inert ingredients make up over ninety percent of the product.  Thus, consider what you are using from over the counter and always read the labels.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local pest control professional at Cantu Pest Control.

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Summer Pests in North Texas

With the Dallas & Fort Worth summer heat and change of season comes the summer pests to the state of Texas.  North Texas is home of many species of wasps, hornets, bees, mud daubers, termites, grasshoppers, ants, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, spiders, snakes, and the occasional scorpion depending upon location.  Each of these are very important to the environment but can spread disease and sometimes cause anaphylaxis, poisoning, or even death.

Wasps, Hornets, Bees, & Mud Daubers

Like humans, some wasps and hornets are social.  Social wasps live in colonies of up to several thousand and build nests together made of primarily wood pulp and saliva.  Similarly, bees use wax to construct and adhere their hives and live together in colonies.  The construction of hornets’ nests are started by the queen and continued by sterile worker hornets.  Some nests are half a meter across and contain up to ten thousand hornets.  Interestingly hornets eat the leaves and sap of trees in addition to flies, bees, and other insects.  In a hornet colony, the queen is the only female to reproduce.

Termites, Grasshoppers, Ants, & Mosquitoes

Insects such as termites, grasshoppers, ants, and mosquitoes are affected greatly by warm to hot weather.  With the change of season, insects are more likely to be seen as they swarm onto your property eating your vegetable garden and intruding on your backyard fun.  They begin swarming in search of creating new colonies and finding food and water.  From March to October, depending upon temperatures, termites, grasshoppers, ants, and mosquitoes are actively swarming.  The warmer weather causes them to find new homes as they go out in search of creating more colonies.  Termites, ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are more prevalent after a mild winter.  This change of temperature sends insects into a breeding frenzy.  Many of these insects live for but a few months.  Although the lifespan of a mosquito is from one week to two months, this is time enough for them to transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, and West Nile.   Interestingly, it is the female mosquitoes that seek out blood meals and typically transfer deadly illnesses and diseases.

Fleas, Ticks, Spiders, Snakes, & Scorpions

Fleas and ticks are sunlight and humidity sensitive and seek to live in tall grass, underneath items, and in carpet.  They both seek out a host, usually your pets, for a blood meal.  Two common spiders in Texas are the brown recluse and the black widow; each of which are seen more in the warmer months.  The venom of brown recluse spiders contains enzymes that cause systematic reactions, weakness, dizziness, nausea, fever, sight redness and swelling, joint pain, restlessness, and sometimes death.  Although there are only six venomous snakes in Texas, there are many others to that you may come across.  Snakes travel during the early morning and late evening hours but are sometimes found sunning during the middle of the day.  Scorpions do exist in Texas, more so in the sandy loam areas but are not prevalent throughout the state.

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