Bee Removal: Tacoma, Olympia, Auburn, Kent, Federal Way and Burien
We all know this group of insects very well… bees.. most of us have experienced the painful sting to which some people are deathly allergic. What is not common knowledge is that many bees are excellent pollinators, or also predators of other damaging insects. Just like their not-so-distant cousins called ants, when left alone in nature these species can provide plenty of beneficial services. When they are intrude on our children’s play area or nest within the walls of our house and chew through the drywall into our living room. That is when they need to be shown the door! They can be extremely dangerous and aggressive toward humans when they feel threatened. At Rambo Total Pest Control we have all the tools and experience necessary to eliminate an active nest quickly and efficiently! Many times we can accomplish this within hours of your call. Most frequently encountered around here are Yellowjackets, Bald Faced Hornets, Paper Wasps and Mud Dauber Wasps. We do not treat for Honey Bees unless there is a direct threat to our customers or the public. We will usually recommend that a beekeeper be called out, and can provide some phone numbers for local beekeepers if needed.
Due to the hazards associated with these pests we usually try to schedule these services within 1-2 days of your call. The treatment itself will be a targeted approach in the area of the nest(s). Whether it is located in a wall cavity, underground, or in a bush, we will make sure it is eliminated at the time of the initial service. If for some reason they remain active in the following days you can call us back out for no additional charge to supply that knockout punch!
Yellow Jacket Extermination
Yellowjackets are the most likely to find nesting in your walls or intruding on a backyard picnic. There are many different scenarios that would describe a Yellowjacket colony because they are versatile nest builders, depending on species. Sometimes they build a nest in a tree 15 feet up, other times they hollow out a large hole in the ground and form an underground nest. Yet other times they will set up shop in your attic insulation and chew their way through the drywall and into your house. Yellowjackets have very large populations, especially from mid-Summer through Fall, so extreme caution should be taken when dealing with these pests.
Bald Faced Hornets are known for their exceedingly large nest size. Their nests can grow to be basketball size and even much larger. Usually located hanging under the eaves of a house or up in a tree branch. It can be very interesting to observe how they incorporate the surrounding branches and twigs into their nest structure. These pests can also be very aggressive to intruders so extreme caution should be undertaken when approaching these stinging insects for the purpose of observation or to implement control measures.
Paper Wasps are generally just a nuisance pest due to their many small golf ball-sized nests that they build under the eaves of houses or in roof structures. Wasps can be excellent predators of other undesirable insects and can sometimes show aggressive behavior toward humans. The dozens of small nests built on a house can be a major eyesore though, so early and consistent control is recommended when these nests are first noticed.
Mud Dauber Wasp Pest Control
Mud Dauber Wasps are unique in their nest building. Just like their name would indicate they build their nests out of mud. Actually the inseminated queen captures a spider and stings it so it is paralyzed, then she inserts the spider, as a food source, into a hollow cell made of dried mud and lays an egg on top. Topping it off with a mud cap to seal the cell until the growing wasp completes metamorphosis and emerges as an adult. These are generally considered beneficial insects as they prey on undesirable spiders and other household pests but their mud nests can be very unsightly on a nice house. Removal of the nest is recommended, usually without chemical treatment.
Bees of all types can be very disruptive to your quality of life so don’t hesitate to call us today for a free phone quote!