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pest-control-nyc-nornets-bess-waspsAny insect that has the ability to sting is scary. Even scarier are the ones that are airborne. If you’ve ever come across a bee, wasp, or hornet flying around close to you, there’s a good chance that you’ve ducked to get away from it, even when it was clearly not trying to attack.


Unfortunately, many people get stung each year. For some, it’s nothing more than a dull pain that goes away after a day or two. Some people, however, can experience severe allergic reactions. If the allergy is bad enough, death can result from a single sting.


Before you call the exterminator to figure out your options, you need to know what you’re dealing with. Are you seeing bees, wasps, or hornets on your property? Let’s take a look at a description of each.


Pest Control NYC: Bees


It’s important to recognize bees, because these creatures are essential for pollination. It’s been said that if bees all die off, human beings would be unable to survive. Because of this, removal — as opposed to extermination — is the preferred method of handling them. Luckily, bees are easy to identify. They have fat, round little bodies, which are also fuzzy. You’ll also notice that bees congregate in a hive somewhere, making them even easier to identify. In North America, the most common type is the honey bee. These bees will normally avoid stinging, because their stinger breaks off and they die.


Pest Control NYC: Wasps


You might be shocked to learn that wasps are considered to be the “good guys” in the insect kingdom. This is because although some wasp species are pollinators, many of them are predators that pray on other types of insects. This may not sound like a good thing, but it definitely is. This is because humans use wasps to reduce crop-damaging insects from certain areas. Unfortunately, wasps are also very aggressive. If you try to swat at one, you better not miss or you’ll have one irritated wasp on your hands. And unlike honey bees, wasps can sting multiple times. As for their appearance, wasps have slender bodies and often appear to be fidgety most of the time.


Pest Control NYC: Hornets


Although people often split these insects into their own category, the truth is that hornets are a type of wasp. They are in a class all of their own, though, due to their size. While two inches doesn’t sound big, once you’re in their presence, you’ll think otherwise. If that wasn’t bad enough, hornets are not only just as aggressive as a typical wasp, its sting can be much more painful. If you think you have a hornet infestation, call a pest control expert.


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