When most people think of bees and wasps, only a handful come to mind, like bumblebees, honey bees, and yellow jackets. These stinging insects are actually part of a much bigger order of insects that contains over 150,000 living species! If a nest of stinging insects has your family worried, our pest professionals can work to treat it quickly with our stinging insect control in Puget Sound.
Our exterminators train to take care of this process with methods that are safe for your family and the environment. This can include low-impact green pest control if necessary. If you’re in search of effective stinging insect control in Washington that is safe for you and the environment, contact Eastside Exterminators today!
While Eastside can take care of your stinging insect issues, we do not treat for honey bees. Instead, we contact a local beekeeper to remove the queen and as much of the colony as possible. We’re committed to not only keeping your family safe but also the environment.
Our stinging insects are covered under our Signature Pest Program, however, we also do offer a stinging insect treatment during the summer months. After treatment for yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets, activity in the nest will typically subside within 24 hours. However, we ask that you allow three to five days for complete control! After those five days have passed, the nest can be removed if desired, although stinging insects will not be able to recolonize it later.
If you are dealing with an underground wasp nest or other form of stinging insect issue and want quick relief, call or text us today at 425-482-2100 to get treatment as soon as today! We offer service within 24 hours because we understand how urgent any pest infestation and threat can be. Our team always works to provide the most protection for your family and home — don’t hesitate to contact your local professionals today to eradicate stinging insects from your property!
First, we will conduct an examination to determine what species of stinging insect you are dealing with. Once we do, we'll create a personalized treatment plan that includes:
Recurring elimination treatments
Exterior insecticide treatments
Family- and environmentally-friendly treatments
In the Greater Seattle area, there are a variety of stinging insects that are known to invade home properties. The ones that you should be concerned about as a Washington homeowner are within the groups parasitica and aculeata. Even within those species groups, there is a lot of diversity. Although you don’t see many of them, over 4,000 species of wasps live in the United States! It’s important to seek out professional help when dealing with these dangerous pests and don't know how to identify them — let us know if you have noticed any insects listed below.
Here are a few of the most common stinging insects we treat for:
Aggressive, venomous, and easily agitated describe Yellow-jackets, especially in Fall when their nests are at their largest. Yellow-jackets may build their nests virtually anywhere – in a hollow space in the ground, hanging in a tree, hanging beneath eaves, in an attic or crawlspace, or in a wall void are common locations. Yellow-jackets are predators whose presence is usually not seen until the colony is large enough to be in the way of human activities like mowing the lawn, painting or when they make their way into the living space.
Although technically not a true hornet, the Baldfaced hornet is commonly found in the Seattle / Puget Sound. This species of wasp is most closely related to yellow-jackets and has similar behaviors. Baldfaced hornets can become extremely aggressive and dangerous when their nest threatened. They can be identified by their black bodies and white markings and their distinctive teardrop-shaped nest.
Baldfaced Hornet Dolichovespula maculata
Behavior: Aggressive, venomous, easily agitated.
Similar to yellowjackets in shape, but larger and with black/white colors rather than black/yellow, baldfaced hornets are another dangerous social wasp. Although nests can be large, the colonies are themselves small, usually having several hundred workers. Baldfaced hornet nests are nearly always found hanging on eaves, trees or other exterior locations and are only very rarely found in enclosed spaces. The same care and caution used in dealing with yellowjackets should be used when dealing with bald-faced hornets – there aren’t as many in a nest, but they are larger, and they inject more venom when they sting. Liquids or aerosols are the best formulations to use in treating their nests. Because of their aggressive nature, it is advised to have a pest control professional treat and remove the nest.
Polistes wasps are not aggressive, and rarely sting unless provoked.
A nest usually consists only of a fertilized female and her 8-12 offspring, who abandon the nest not long after hatching. They may build their nests in the open, in a crack or crevice, or inside an attic or crawlspace. They are susceptible to most insecticides, either sprayed on the nest itself or on the cracks and crevices where the wasps come and go.
Frequently, there may be as many as two or even three generations of Polistes wasps produced each season (spring through fall). Most buildings have a few nests; some have many nests. An exterior insecticide treatment under the eaves and of the various cracks and crevices on the exterior goes a long way towards reducing their numbers, as long as the treatment is repeated at the lifetime of the chemical used.
Mud daubers are a long, slender wasp, usually black with some orange or yellow. They have a definite “wasp waist” – a filament connecting the thorax and abdomen. They can sting, but are not aggressive and rarely do so unless handled.
Mud daubers are solitary wasps. Each fertilized female builds a small nest out of gathered mud, which is attached to an exterior surface, or in an attic, crawlspace or other enclosed area. She lays 8-12 eggs in the nest, which become larvae and then pupate in the nest, emerging the following spring or summer. The nest looks like a mud tube, usually about 1 inch wide by about 2-3 inches long. If the nest has holes in it, the new wasps have already emerged and flown away.
Mud daubers may be treated with a residual spray and then scraped or knocked off. Preventative treatments are usually effective if repeated at the lifetime of the product used.
Note: We do not treat for honey bees — instead, we contact a local beekeeper to remove the queen and as much of the colony as possible.
If you would like to speak to the stinging insect professionals at Eastside Exterminators about a possible infestation, contact us now! We offer proven, affordable solutions that can help you eradicate bees, wasps, and other pests on your property!
We are a family-owned and operated pest control company in the local area that has been providing top-of-the-line pest control services for 50 years. At Eastside Exterminators, we take extreme pride in working with our neighbors, establishing trust, and implementing the highest quality products and systems for your homes. If you are searching for knowledgeable and experienced exterminators to provide you with pest solutions that actually work, we are the team for you! Contact us today to learn more about our pest control services and processes in Puget Sound.
Don't live within the city limits of Seattle? No problem! We also provide our stinging insect control to the surrounding areas, which include: