Bees, Wasps and Hornets

With the ability to cause a painful sting and move quickly bees, wasps and hornets are some of the most feared insects. There are many species of bees, wasps and hornets that can be found in Missouri, and can vary in how aggressive they are and the other behaviors they possess. If there are bees, wasps or hornets causing a disturbance, give T.Ex.S. a call. Total Extermination Services provides service to your home or business for any bee, wasp, or hornet problem.

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Carpenter bees are a species of bee that tunnel into wood. They are similar in size and appearance to the bumble bees and are often seen flying near gables, decks, and other wooden structures. People can become very alarmed with their presence. The male bee guards the nesting area and can become very aggressive, but is unable to sting; the aggression is just a show. The female carpenter bee does not actively patrol the nesting area and is usually not aggressive, although she can sting if she is handled.

Carpenter bees are a special service. Each hole has to be treated with dust individually and then sprayed with the product on a 30- to 60-day cycle depending on population. This will eradicate most of the population and halt future problems.

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Most wasps can be exterminated with just a regular initial treatment of the structure. Some species are more aggressive and are dealt with by a professional in a bee suit, or at night when they are least active. Common wasps in Missouri are:

Yellow jackets build in voids or underground. The nest is treated then removed. If removal is not an option, then sealing is best. Hornets build nests high up; the nest has to be treated and removed.

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