Every creature on the planet has a role to play in the survival of their ecosystem. This even goes for pests we hate having around – especially those with an annoying bite or painful sting. Insects like bees and wasps do a lot for the environment, whether they’re pollinating, scavenging, or acting as food for other animals.
During the warmer months in states like San Francisco, you’re more likely to come across stinging insects. While they’re not normally aggressive, this doesn’t mean you won’t be stung. Before you go buy the largest can of insecticide you can find, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with and the potential environmental impact your decisions could have.
Bees in San Francisco
Most people know that bees are important pollinators for plants and flowers, but did you know they play a vital role in one-third of all food production in the world? Saving the bees is important, but there’s a difference between a few bees buzzing in your garden and a full-fledged colony on your doorstep. The two types you’re likely to find are bumblebees and carpenter bees.
Bumblebees are large, slow fliers with fuzzy yellow bodies. They tend to stick close to flowers and their nests, which can be found in protected areas like under old sheds, underneath patio blocks, or under dense shrubbery. They are extremely docile and will not attack unless threatened.
Bumblebees are sometimes mistaken for carpenter bees because of their similar size and coloring. However, carpenter bees don’t build hives, but instead like to burrow into untreated and unpainted wood, which is where they get their name. Unfortunately, this burrowing can bring them into close contact with you and your family, but carpenter bees are only dangerous when provoked.
What You Can Do
In most cases, it’s best to avoid bees and wasps entirely, as they are normally not a danger to humans. However, when their nests are in close proximity to us, they are more likely to perceive a threat and defend their nest at all costs. Additionally, in the late summer months, some bees and wasps become more aggressive in seeking out food like sugar and fruit, which can bring them into contact with you and your family. If you decide to use pesticide or chemical sprays, keep in mind they can be extremely poisonous and should never be used indoors or near other people.
The Hitmen Solution
Although most insects are environmentally beneficial, it can be difficult to coexist peacefully when they invade your personal space. Bees and wasps can be dangerous to people and often destructive to homes and other structures.
Hitmen will safely and carefully eliminate bees or wasps and their nests from your home or property. Exposed nests may be removed on the day of service depending on the activity and size of the nest. In other cases, we’ll come back on a day when it is safer to remove the nests. In addition, we will create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestation.
What happens if bee or wasp nests form again? Don’t worry. Our year round pest control program, which covers common San Francisco pests, will ensure your home and property are protected throughout the entire year.
To schedule stinging pest removal service, contact us today!