Similar to the life cycle of the paper wasp, the inseminated queens of the bald-faced hornet emerge from overwintering in the spring to choose a nesting site for her colony. These hornets build an aerial nest that will vary in location from shrubs, tree limbs, eaves, sides of houses, sheds, or other structures. Throughout the spring and early summer months, these nests will often go unnoticed by the homeowner as they start out very small in their early stages. By mid to late summer, the nest will grow at an exponential rate and, seemingly overnight, a rather large nest will emerge. Bald-Faced Hornet nests can grow to the size of a basketball or a beach ball and can be home to over 400-600 hornets at their peak. Bald-Faced Hornets can be very dangerous as they attack in swarms if they feel their nest is threatened.
As we discussed on our Seasonal Insect Control page, carpenter bees are a problem for homeowners because they bore holes into wood. These tunnels are galleries in which carpenter bees raise their young. If you suspect that you may have a carpenter bee infestation, contact us immediately. Boo’s Bug Stoppers has had outstanding success in eliminating carpenter bee problems.
Cicada killers are similar to the carpenter bee in that they are considered solitary and don’t nest in large colonies. Although they don’t share a common nest they usually use the same general area for nesting purposes, so you may see them in large quantities. They typically only emerge in mid to late summer (July and August) when cicadas are at their peak. Cicada killers considered an urban pest as they tend to choose bare grassy areas close to buildings as a nesting site. They’re usually very frightening to the property owner as these wasps are very large in size. Although they’re fairly passive, they dig their nests in the ground, leaving large, troublesome dirt mounds in the yard.
Drain flies are often confused with fruit flies. When observed closely, however, drain flies are dark gray to black in color, and when perched on the wall their body and wings are triangular in shape. They can infest a home any time of year. As the name indicates, these flies originate from drains in the home or business. When plumbing works properly, drain flies are typically not a problem. However when drains are clogged, or plumbing is slow or stagnant, drain fly larvae will work their way up the plumbing system, eating at the organic matter lining the drains. Once the adult flies hatch, they will typically stay in close proximity to the drain they came from (often perching on a wall close to a drain). They will breed and return to the gunky organic buildup in the drain to lay their eggs.
As the name indicates, fruit flies originate enter your dwelling via perishables like fruit from the grocery store. Once fruit flies hatch, they breed and reproduce very quickly. At her peak, a female fruit fly can lay up to 100 eggs per day. Once in a home or business fruit flies don’t have to return to a fermenting fruit to lay their eggs. They can lay their eggs on any decaying organic matter in the home or business. Some of these items include gunky build-up in drains, garbage cans, garbage disposal’s, mop buckets, open alcohol containers, unsealed food, etc. In order to get fruit flies under control, all breeding sources must be eliminated, cleaned, or contained. Once breeding sources are eliminated, existing fruit flies can be eliminated via fruit fly traps and or pesticide treatment.
As of 2014, Boo’s Bug Stoppers now raises its own honey bees. If a homeowner or business owner comes across a honey bee swarm, Boo’s Bug Stoppers, LLC can remove and relocate the swarm without harming the bees. Boo’s Bug Stoppers works with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to safely remove and save honeybee nests in any situation possible. We are happy to remove honey bee swarms from customer locations and safely give them a new home where they can continue to benefit our environment and local farms.
Stink bugs typically spend the warm weather months (spring, summer) outdoors on tree foliage. It’s in late September and early October that stinkbugs become a problem in our homes and businesses. At this time of year, stinkbugs will start looking for a place to spend the winter. Naturally, they are drawn to the warmth of structures for an over-wintering destination. Once stinkbugs have crawled into the cracks and crevices around eaves, doors, windows, and siding, they simply want to go dormant for the wintertime so they can reemerge in the spring. However, because our home or office stays warm all winter long, stink bugs can remain active and continue to be a nuisance. Stink bugs may find their way into the home through cracks and crevices around trim, windows, wood paneling, or recessed lighting. They won’t leave until the trees put out their new leaves again in the spring.
Paper wasps are probably the most common stinging insect that we encounter in Western Pennsylvania. The overwintering inseminated queens emerge in the spring and begin to build their nests. They are active through all the warm months of the year and will begin to prepare for overwintering again in the fall. Wasps can build their nests on almost any protected place imaginable including soffits, eaves, decks, railings, door frames, window frames, porch ceilings, shutters, and shrubbery. Because they are so plentiful, it’s common to have at least a handful of new wasp nests around the outside of your home every year. When wasps choose to overwinter under the siding or in eaves, wasps can emerge inside your home even during the winter months of the year. Large wasp nests can grow to a little over 300 wasps. A wasp infestation isn’t something you want to ignore.
The inseminated yellow jacket queen will emerge from overwintering and begin her nest in the spring. Yellowjackets can nest in either a ground or aerial site. Unlike the bald-faced hornet, when yellow jackets choose an aerial nesting site, many times they will actually find a crack or crevice in the side of the structure and build their nest inside the wall. By mid to late summer, yellow jacket nests can contain between 1,000 and 4,000 workers and will attack in swarms if they feel their nest is threatened. It is most common to be attacked by a ground yellow jacket nest when the nest is at its peak. The vibration from any lawn equipment or weeding done near their nest will agitate them to attack. It is also common for nests located in the wall of a structure to eventually chew through the drywall and enter the inside of the structure.