When the Queen Honey Bee rests, so does the swarm. One such nest may be resting in a tree or shrub on your property this early spring. Call ASAP for assistance. Unlike numerous other insects these will attack with the ability to kill humans. 40-100K stinging insects will be too many for most people to handle. Block off the area and keep children away until help arrives. If time permits, we will try to take the colony away without using insecticide and give it to a bee keeper.
Carpenter Bee exit holes remain as a welcome invitation to other carpenter bees that this wood is an inviting place to take up residence. Carpenter Bee treatments are a multi-step process. First, the galleries should be mapped out and dusted. Approximately one week later all the galleries should be filled with wood putty. Finally, a fresh coat of paint or stain should be applied to the wood surfaces. 98% of Carpenter Bees will show an interest in 3% of your homes exterior surface area.
Brand new homes that have never been lived in by humans can offer housing to others. This colony of Carpenter Ants appeared to be very content and settled in this attic. The insulation blocks light. The vapor barrier holds moisture beneath the same insulation making this humid area perfect for Carpenter Ants to set up shop. When Carpenter Ants are seen in the spring strolling across your floor, don't kill them. It is better to watch where they go. Once we know exactly where they live, we can eliminate the entire colony.
Subterranean Termites are alive and well in Northern Ohio. Termites are nature's recycler. This particular home was built many years ago, (note the bark still on the beams) but the termites do not seem to mind. BugBuster has inspected over 10,000 homes in Northern Ohio for Real Estate Transactions. Sometimes termites aren't as obvious as they are in this Century Home. Do not assume your home is free of Wood Destroying Insects. Hire an Ohio State Licensed (Category 12) inspector who has a sharp eye and plenty of experience to review your home today.
Bald Faced Hornets are very aggressive and will attack. These insects are meat eaters and might join you on a picnic. They also eat other insects and berries. They are attracted to light. They sometimes fly into windows and light fixtures at night. Bald-Faced Hornets nests are sometimes found near the home hidden under the cover of limbs and leaves.
Bald-Faced Hornets do not nest in trees exclusively. They can also be found inside attics and attached to the exterior of homes. Be very careful if you discover a nest in these confined spaces as they offer a limited number of escape routes for you. Usually these attics are very warm. The temperament of these insects seems to parallel the temperature. If you attempt this removal at night, remember, these insects are attracted to light. Most insecticides are restricted to exterior use only. Please, always read the labels before applying any insecticides.
Bald Faced Hornets are very aggressive and will attack. These insects are meat eaters. They also eat other insects and berries. They are attracted to light. A Bald-Faced Hornets nest maybe nearby, hidden under a cover of limbs and leaves. This nest of Bald Faced Hornets was put to sleep for a Clean Catch.
All Yellow Jackets are not the same. This particular species of Yellow Jacket (Vespula Flavopilosa) forms its nest with a brown paper thin material. Unlike the nest you might see above the ground that is gray in color, which are possibly thicker due to the need to withstand the weather. Flavos are not common but can kill none the less. We suggest you not try to decipher the species or sex of these stinging insects. Just call BugBuster and we will take this hive away safe and sound.
Jay Zedak with a Clean Catch - Stinging insects can be gathered (without using insecticide) for medical research. They can be dug out of the ground, clipped from shrubs, or removed from structures. The insects are quickly frozen to keep their venom from spoiling. They are then sorted by sex (males do not have a stinger or venom). The females are shipped off (packed in dry ice) to the medical labs for research on arthritis, allergies, & anaphylactic shock studies.
Subterranean Termite shelter tubes are important in a number of ways. For the termite, the tube blocks the light and helps keep the insects moist. These are two key things the termite needs for survival. For the inspector, the tube serves as a warning sign that a Termite Colony is or has been present in this structure. The rich color also indicates that the tube is still moist. Older tubes with less moisture appear lighter in color. If you see this type of formation on your foundation walls do not remove it. Call a licensed professional (Category 10B) from BugBuster to evaluate your options and help you choose the best course of action for you and your home.
All yellow jackets are not the same. This particular species of yellow jacket (Vespula Flavopilosa) forms its' nest with a brown, thin "paper" material. Other species build their nests above the ground. These nests are gray in color. The walls of the above ground nests are frequently thicker which withstands the weather. "Flavos" are not common, but can kill nonetheless. We suggest that you do not try to identify the species or sex of these stinging insects. Call BugBuster and we will remove the danger.