Stingers

Bee & Wasp Control in Saco, Portland, Wells & Cape Elizabeth, ME

These guys will use their stingers as a defense mechanism, but they vary widely in aggression and basic habits. Get bee control services in Saco, Portland, Wells & Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Yellow Jacket

Named after: Their yellow-looking jacket.

Identification: 3/8"-5/8," black with yellow stripes

Seasonality: Summer and fall

Why they are in/near my home: They like to live where humans live and build their nests in a wide-variety of places, usually low to the ground. This includes abandoned animal burrows, hollow trees, rotting logs, and inside the walls of houses. They can also nest underground.

Tips for homeowners: They often scavenge for many types of food and are attracted to the odor of garbage cans and patios where human food is found outdoors. Keeping the exterior of your home clean is important.

How Green Shield can help: With such a wide variety of places they can build, Green Shield is an excellent source to discover and treat each nest. Often, they can be difficult to find due to some building underground cavities which are not always spotted easily when walking across your lawn. Yellow jackets can be aggressive and will protect their nests if threatened which can pose a danger to children unaware of their location.

Weird fact: There are 18 species of yellow jackets, many of which live in Maine.

Paper Wasp

Named after: Their nests resemble a paper-like material made from saliva and plant fibers.

Identification: 5/8"-3/4" brownish with yellow and sometimes red markings

Seasonality: Summer and fall (May-October)

Why they are in/near my home: The home acts as a sturdy base where they can build their home of paper-like material. In the fall, females will often seek shelter in unoccupied spaces in the home like the attics, dormers, and high ceilings. Flowers and plant-life will attract them to a home as well as sticky soda spills and crumbs.

Tips for homeowners: Make sure all garbage cans are covered and clean up crumbs and spills.

How Green Shield can help: They like building their nests in higher areas like eaves, soffits, and gutters. Green Shield's 20 foot webster pole allows us to reach areas not accessible without considerable effort from the homeowner. Nests are removed in a safe, effective manner without endangering people or pests. Various control methods after identifying the pest are used to reduce their population significantly.

Weird fact: They are not aggressive at all like the bald-faced hornet but can sting if disturbed.

Bald-faced Hornet

Named after: They are black and white, their face being white and appearing bald.

Identification: ¾" black and white

Seasonality: They peak in late summer and early fall

Why they are in/near my home: Although they build a new nest every season, and aren't very picky about where they live. Often they will build their paper-like nests in overhangs, sheds, under utility poles, shrubs. They have smooth stingers and will attack repeatedly if their nest is disturbed. Their sting is painful and contains venom.

Tips for homeowners: They like sweet drinks and meats so be on guard when barbecuing outside.

How Green Shield can help: All nests will be at least 3-4 off the ground, but many will be much higher an out of reach for the average person, such as in higher eaves and under soffits. Because of their aggression, a professional like Green Shield is able to safely remove all nests and with multiple treatments, prevent them from returning. Aerosol sprays for removal and insecticide dusts applied with our 20 foot treated brush are a great one-two punch.

Weird fact: The bald faced hornet usually does not stop building until their nest reaches the size of a basketball.

Carpenter Bee

Named after: They have a habit of boring holes into wood like a carpenter's drill. They are usually ½" and perfectly circular.

Identification: ½"-1," yellow and black, often mistaken for honeybees, but have shinier and nearly hairless abdomens.

Seasonality: Spring and summer

Why they are in/near my home: They are often seen on front porches due to wood being readily available. They use these holes to lay eggs inside which protects future larvae after hatching.

Tips for homeowners: Use a thick coat of paint or sealant on exposed wood. Fill in holes with wood putty.

How Green Shield can help: They can be a serious threat to the structural integrity of exposed wood like front porches or barns. While their nests look only a few inches deep, they can be up to ten feet long! They also do a fair amount of cosmetic damage. Green Shield is able to treat in extremely hard to reach areas to apply the right product to deter them from future building.

Weird fact: Unlike their cousin, the social honey bee, carpenter bees are solitary creatures. But like the carpenter ant, they don't eat wood; they excavate it.