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PAPER WASP

 

Unlike yellow jackets, paper wasps generally attack only if their nest is threatened. Since they are territorial, and can produce quite painful stings, nearby nests generally present an unessasary hazard. In their natural habitat they are beneficial to plants and controlling insect populations.

 

(Above: Paper Wasp)

YELLOW JACKET

 

Yellow Jackets are important predators of pest insects. All females are capable of producing painful stings. The stings have venom but like most bee/wasp venoms are only dangerous to those who are allergic, unless a victim receives a large amount of stings.

Nests are typically found inside man made structures including, eaves of houses, sheds, under porches, or flooring.

(Above: Nest of a yellow jacket)

 MUD DAUBER WASP  

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasps are the most common Mud Dauber found in Hawaii. The females build homes out of mud, usually in corners, cracks & crevices. They typically have more than one nest, each containing one egg, clumped together. Like many wasps, they are predators but are not typically dangerous or aggressive unless handled. Adults feed frequently on flower nectar, but stock their nests with spiders, primarily black and brown widow spiders, which serves for food for the offspring.

(Above: Nests of a Mud Dauber Wasp)

CARPENTER BEES

 

These bees are excellent pollonators and feed on pollon and nectar. Carpenter bees get their name from their woodworking skills. These bees are usually solitary but have been known to create small social groups. They build nests in wood, but do not eat the wood. Typically nests are created in lumber that is bare and weathered, over years damage to the wood can become severe, often nesting in areas such as decks, porches & eaves putting them within close proximity to people. Females are black in color and have a distinct loud buzzing. They have the ability to sting though usually do not unless provoked. They create tunnels to store nectar and pollon they've collected and to lay eggs. Males are lighter in color and will typically hover around the entrance chasing off intruders but they lack the ability to sting.

The nests can cause damage and weaken structural wood. They leave unsightly holes and stains on building surfaces. The presence of carpenter bees around structures can be annoying and even frightening to anyone not familiar with them.

 

(Below: Carpenter Bee)

 

HONEY BEES

 

Honey Bees are occasionally found nesting near homes in walls, attics, rocks, and cracks among many other places. They are known mainly for their production of honey and pollinating flowers. They do not seek out humans but will guard their nest. Due to the potential harm thay can cause to your family you should seek out professional pest services to remove them instead of trying to move them yourself, but because of their contribution to nature you may not want to destroy them. As a pest control company our only cure will be to destroy the bees. If you would like to spare the bees and would just like them moved to a safer location, please refer to your local Beekeeper.                                                                                         

                                                                                                              (Below: Honey Bee)