New Jersey Wasp Control – As a rule, bees and wasps are beneficial insects unmindful of the activities of man, as long as man makes it a point to disregard them. At times the nests of these insects may be built in such close proximity to the home, or even in the home, as to make the area too confining for both insect and man. Although the stings of bees and wasps are usually a painful experience, for some the consequences may result in a severe reaction or even death.
The order Hymenotera consists of sawflies, horntails, wasps, ants and bees. There are some 113,000 known species in this order and more than 17,000 are found in North America.
Characteristics of Wasps – Wasps can be distinguished from bees as follows: Bees appear to have hairy bodies since their individual body hairs or setae are featherlike. Wasps appear to have smooth bodies since their setae are not branched.
Wasps feed primarily on protein such as spiders and insects; bees feed on and give their young pollen, nectar, and in some cases honey.
Wasps, because of their food preferences, exhibit scavenging behavior and are more of a nuisance to man. Wasps, particularly the social species, annoy us at barbecues, competing with us for our steaks, chick, hamburgers, and soft drinks. (At least 40 deaths due to wasp and bee stings are reported each year in the United States.)
Individuals stung by wasps may show a variety of reactions ranging from no evident effect to anaphylactic shock resulting in death. It is believed many human deaths may wrongly be attributed to “heart attacks” or “heat strokes” when actually they result from the stings of venomous insects.
Common Bees / Wasps:
- Mud Daubers
- Digger or Scoliid Wasps
- Yellow Jackets and Hornets
- Paper-nest Wasp
- Bald-faced Hornet
- Carpenter bee