Stinging Insect Removal (Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets & Hornets)
Professional Bee Elimination by Brown Exterminating
Brown Exterminating of Dublin, VA provides professional bee elimination services throughout the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA area. We provide stinging insect extermination and removal services for swarms of:
- Yellow Jackets
Honeybees and Bumblebees
If you have a honeybee infestation, we will remove the swarm for relocation. These extremely environmentally valuable pollinators must not be exterminated. They must be relocated to assist with food pollination when found. Bumblebees are also nearing extinction and should be relocated rather than exterminated. Leave that to us. We will eliminate any stinging insect that is bothering you from your sight!
Learn more about the plight of honeybees and the nearly extinct rusty-patched bumblebee here:
The Danger of Stinging Insect Swarm Infestations
While bumblebees and honeybees are relatively innocuous unless specifically bothered, there are a few stinging insects or bee types that pose a definite danger when their swarms or infestations exist in or near your dwelling.
The types of stinging insects that pose dangers of causing anaphylactic shock are the vespid wasps (paper wasps, yellow Jackets, and hornets). These insects do not have furry bodies. Their bodies are sleek, shiny, and brightly colored black and yellow. While flying, the legs of vespid wasps hang down from their bodies.
Vespid wasps build paper-like nests from wood pulp. Paper wasp nests are those that are typically found hanging from house and garage eaves or other areas on your home’s exterior. In contrast, yellow jackets typically build their nests underground. Hornet nest are usually suspended from trees. Any of the above may build their nests on your house if the conditions are right.
Avoid and Escape from Vespid Wasps (Hornets, Yellow Jackets, and Wasps)
You should avoid vespid wasps at all costs. The wasps, hornets, and especially yellow jackets are aggressive insects that view your presence as a threat to their lives and will attempt to eliminate you if you get too close to their nests.
If you encounter a wasp nest, immediately assess your surroundings and plan to escape as calmly and quickly as possible without swatting at or otherwise assaulting the wasps in your vicinity. Wasps release chemical signals to other wasps to indicate that you are a target to be attacked. This is particularly true if you actually squash one of them.
Wasps will continue to sting you and they will gang up and attack you until you escape. If confronted by wasps, it is important to escape the area as fast as possible by going indoors, into your car, or by jumping into a nearby source of water. If these are not options, get as far away from the nest as you can, as quickly as possible and seek medical attention immediately. The venom of vespid wasps is capable of causing death, particularly for individuals with a strong allergic response to the venom.
Wasp Sting First Aid
If a wasp has stung you, the following basic first aid advice may be helpful:
- Wash the Area to Eliminate As Much Venom As Possible
- Apply Ice to Decrease Swelling and Pain
- Keep the Area Clean and Dry
- Calamine Lotion, Ibuprofen, and Hydrocortisone Cream May Provide Relief
You should seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible following a wasp sting or attack.
Prevent wasp and stinging insect attacks by contacting Brown Exterminating at the first sign of the presence of these aggressive and dangerous insects: (540) 674-0612.