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Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets

yellow jacket

Bees, hornets, and wasps are aggressively territorial. All three species will protect the hives with their lives. A hive in or around your home could put you, your children, your pets, and visitors in danger.

Safeguard Pest Solutions provides professional, effective pest control in Muskegon, MI. We specialize in bee, hornet, and wasp hive removal. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to get rid of hives in and around your property.

Bee, Hornets, and Wasp Stings

close up of yellow jackets face

Stings can cause painful swelling and redness in the area around the skin. Stingers inject a small amount of venom into your skin. Over time the swelling is reduced and the pain turns to itching. The biggest threat to having a hive in your yard is the risk of multiple stings! When bees, hornets, & wasps feel threatened they attack. All of them! An attack from a hive can lead to dozens of stings all over your body making it hard to remove the stingers. A stinger can continue to inject venom for up to a minute after a person has been stung.


Hand having an allergic reaction to a wasp sting

Bees, hornets, and wasps present a big risk for people with sting allergies. These allergies range from mild to severe allergic reactions. Approximately 5 – 7.5% of people will experience a severe allergic reaction to insect stings in their lifetime. A severe allergic reaction to stings can lead to nausea and vomiting, a weak or rapid pulse, swollen tongue or throat, loss of consciousness and even death.


Yellow wasp stinging a person

Bees, hornets, & wasps sting as a form of aggression. When a hive feels threatened they will swarm the perceived threat. If you find a hive in your yard, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Make sure children and visitors are aware of the hive and know to keep their distance as well. Loud lawnmowers and other outdoor tools can also instigate a hive swarm. If you encounter an aggressive hive seek shelter indoors immediately and call a professional exterminator for effective home pest control and commercial pest control!

Removing a Hive

Wasp nest in a homes eaves

With the population of bees, hornets, & wasps currently on the decline, it’s important to protect them. If you find a hive in an area where there isn’t any traffic, and no one in your home is allergic to bees, hornets, or wasps, you may consider leaving the hive alone. If you do decide to remove the hive, NEVER remove the hive yourself. Bees, hornets, & wasps are incredibly territorial and will aggressively attack any threat quickly. This makes removing a hive incredibly dangerous. Always contact a professional exterminator who can provide safe, effective bee and wasp hive removal!

Other Bee & Wasp Resources

Mud Dauber wasp gathering mud for a nest

Mud Dauber

Mud Daubers, or Mud Wasps, is a name commonly used to describe wasps that build their nests from mud. The Mud Dauber has 6 legs. It is long and slender with a thin, thread-like waist. Most resemble long slender wasps about .5 to 1 inch (25mm) in length.

Carpenter Bee on a purple flower

Carpenter Bees

Often referred to as Wood Bees, or Wood Burrowing Bees are a common bee found in West Michigan. Carpenter bees are often confused with Bumble Bees.

Bee stingers close up

Sting Treatment

Wash the sting area with soap and water. This not only removes any dirt but will also disinfect the area preparing it for possible further first aid. The area around the sting will turn red. It will possibly burn a little bit and swell up.

Bee getting pollen from a white flower

Honey Bees

Given the off chance that you have undesirable honey bees around your home, you can contact a neighborhood beekeeper who might have the option to eliminate the honey bees without killing them.

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