Bees and Wasps
If you have a hive of bees in your home we suggest having the hive moved by ourselves or an experienced beekeeper instead of being exterminated. Wasps are another matter.
The problem with the honey bee is a phenomenon called colony collapse. For the last dozen years, beekeepers have been reporting the loss of as many as 90 percent of their hives with no clear sign of why the bees died. Because so much of US agriculture depends on honey bees for pollination this is a significant problem. Thus, as environmentally conscious exterminators, we at Cal Termite and Pest Control will work with you to remove the bee colony from within the walls of your home or from the attic.
Killer Bees Too?
Africanized bees are more aggressive than totally native honey bees. Otherwise, they produce the same amount of honey and beeswax and have no more venom than other bees. Thus, we will also seek to relocate instead of exterminating these guys as well.
The wasp we deal with in the Ventura, California area is the paper wasp. This wasp has dark black and bright yellow coloring. They make their hives from plant material and their own saliva. A common location around your home for a paper wasp hive is the underside of the eaves. Wasps are aggressive and will sting if you even come near.
Paper Wasp Stings
Wasps have stingers without barbs. So, unlike the honey bee, they can and will sting multiple times. Their sting is painful and if you are stung multiple times it really hurts. But, the main risk of a paper wasp sting is fatal anaphylaxis. This is when a person is allergic to the venom of the wasp. These reactions can be so fast that a person dies before they can receive medical attention. This creates a risk that is not acceptable under any circumstances. If you have a paper wasp hive or even more around your home under the eaves or in adjacent trees call us at Cal Termite and Pest Control and we will come out and take care of the problem.
If you simply knock down the wasp hive you may well get wasps again and soon. That is because during the day as many as ninety percent of the hive is out and about and not at home. Nighttime is better for removing and poisoning the hive. Better yet, waiting until the temperature drops after a rainstorm will ensure that more wasps have gone home to get warm.
After removing the offending wasp hives from your home we will also search the area to make sure that there are no nearby hives from which paper wasps may simply recolonize your home.
Call us at Cal Termite and Pest Control if you have a wasp problem in the Ventura area. We have been doing this for years and are more likely to rid your home of wasps on a permanent basis than if you just go out with a broom to knock the hive down, and get badly stung in the process.