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F&W Stinging Insect Control

Here are the most common stinging insects in Eastern Massachusetts, how to identify them, and what to do when you see them in your yard.

Bee & Wasp Control in Eastern Massachusetts

Stinging insects are never fun—their stings hurt, and sometimes you’re allergic to them. If you’re avoiding spending time outside, call F&W to get rid of bees, yellow jackets, wasps, & hornets with our stinging insect control. Here is what our treatment includes:

  • Bees & Wasp Control
  • Underground Bees Removed
  • Paper Wasp Nest Removal
  • No Height Restrictions
  • Yellow Jackets Nests Removed
  • Hornets & Hornet Nest Removal

Bumblebees and Honeybees

These are the most common types of bees that we all know. While we do not treat for bees, we will call specialists to ensure they are safely removed from your home if you do not want them on your property.

Facts about bees:

  • Both bees are fuzzy, but you can tell them apart from their color—bumblebees are yellow and black, while honeybees are black and gold.
  • They both contribute to pollination, which is why they are so important to the ecosystem.
  • Hives are most often seen during warmer months as the queen dies with the onset of cold weather.
  • If a female bee tries to take over another queen’s nest, the original queen may attack and kill the queen. It is rare that bumblebee queens will coexist with another queen; honeybee queens will leave the nest and take drones (male bees) with her.

Curious about carpenter bees? They are solitary bees, whereas bumblebees and honeybees are social, which is why we list them separately.

Yellow Jackets and Hornets 

Yellow jackets and hornets are the most aggressive of all wasps and bees. They are distinguished from bees by their thin waist and lack of fuzz. They are black and yellow and approximately 5/8 to 1 inch in length.

How To Identify Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets nest outside, mostly in the ground or in railroad ties. Inside, they will nest in wall and ceiling voids and occasionally in the attic. Our trained technicians will identify the location of the nest and eliminate the problems to protect your health and safety.

How to prevent yellow jackets:

  • Ensure that all food sources are eliminated. 
  • All food trash should be in tightly closed plastic bags in closed trash containers.
  • Barbecues and the area around the barbecue should be cleaned thoroughly to ensure that there is no food debris that will attract yellow jackets.

Facts About Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are a type of yellow jacket. They get their name from their mostly black color and white face. They are the most aggressive if their nest is disturbed—here are precautions for bald-faced hornets and their nests to keep in mind:

  • They live in aerial nests that resemble an inverted teardrop that is attached to a tree, a bush, a utility pole, a shed, an overhang or on the side of a building. 
  • The nest usually contains thousands of wasps. 
  • Nest will grow as time passes if not eliminated. A nest might only be the size of a softball early in the season but if left, it can grow much larger. 
  • If the pregnant females, who overwinter in a protective place, are able to overwinter in the current nest, these nests can grow to be the size of watermelons or larger.

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