Stinging Insects

Bumblebees, wasps and hornets are the most common insects that will sting us. Keep in mind that wasps and hornets can sting repeatedly — always remove attractants, such as garbage and pop cans, and clean after barbecuing. Wasps and bees are beneficial insects; even though they bother us, leaving them alone, if possible, is the best way to avoid being stung. When it is time to eliminate a wasp or hornet nest, make sure you contact one of Peregrine’s pest control service technicians. We have the right pest control tools to ensure the job is done properly and safely.

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Bumblebees: are important pollinators and are used for agricultural purposes (pollinating plants that other species of bee are too small to access). Bees are beneficial, as they are important pollinators. As a rule, if a nest is located on the back of a property, in an out-of-the-way area, leave it alone. If the nest is under a front step or a back deck and there is a real safety hazard, then contact your pest control service technician at Peregrine for the right advice. Contrary to popular opinion, bumblebees can sting, and will do so repeatedly, since their stinger does not have barbs and can be used more than once. Bumblebee colonies tend to be smaller than colonies of honey bees and may have as few as 50 members. They like to nest either directly on the ground, in holes or under solid objects. Bumblebee nests generally last only for one season since the old queen dies off as winter approaches and the younger queens, who have mated in late autumn, hibernate until the warmer weather tempts them out to start a new colony; however, if the old nest is not destroyed a new colony may be started in, or near it, the following year. That’s why it’s important to destroy the nests of bumblebees that are causing a nuisance at the end of each season.

Yellow Jackets: are among the most persistent of wasps and often appear at barbecues and picnics. They are attracted by the smells of soda, grilled meat and (believe it or not) human sweat. Wasps seek salty moisture, which is why, in hot, humid weather, yellow jackets can be the most problematic. Perfumes, colognes and even bright colours are also attractive to them. Adult yellow jackets feed on nectar, but they scavenge our picnic food to carry off for feeding the young in the nest. Yellow jackets are often more problematic as the summer progresses and as the nest size increases with the season. Nests are generally located at ground level or below ground, often at the edge of forests or wooded areas, and sometimes in wood stumps or fallen branches. Most yellow jackets die off as the cold season approaches — except for young, mated females, which hibernate over winter ready to start new colonies in the spring. The best way to deal with a yellow jacket problem is to find the nest and eliminate it; however, if the nest is inside a space in external walls, don’t ever try to get rid of it from the outside — you will just drive them deeper into your residence.

Hornet: nests are known for their large, football-shaped paper nest. The nest is one of the largest of wasp nests and can be up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter and 23 inches (60 cm) in length. The bald-faced hornet is protective of the nest and will sting repeatedly if disturbed. This wasp is more aggressive than most yellow jackets and the nest should be observed only from a distance. It is common to find the nests hanging from trees, soffits, and other objects around the home.


Bumblebees: are larger and fluffier than other honey bees or wasps. They like to visit the same patch of flowers each day and will return until the supply of nectar there is exhausted. Unlike honey bees, bumblebees only store a few days’ worth of food in the nest and are much more vulnerable to food shortages.

Yellow Jackets: measure just over half an inch in length and, as their name suggests, are bright yellow coloured on the top segment, with black underneath.

Hornets: belong to the family of yellow jackets in North America, but unlike many yellow jackets, they lack yellow coloring. Instead, they are called a “hornet,” in the American sense of a wasp, that builds paper nests. They are large compared to other yellow jackets, with adults averaging 2–3 cm long. They are sometimes confused with the similar-sized European hornet; the European is the only true hornet in America. The bald-faced hornet is distinguished by its mostly white “bald-faced” head and by three white stripes on the end of its abdomen.


Solving a stinging insect issue is what we do best at Peregrine. The key is to find and eliminate the nest. At Peregrine we have the right pest control tools to get under, decks, porches, and into nooks and crannies. We have have ladders, and dust sticks designed to reach way up high to take care of that nest that is hanging off a soffit. Always remember to call a professional pest control service technician to eliminate the nest. Every year people visit their local emergency room after being stung repeatedly by yellow jackets, wasps, and bees.


What can I do to minimize wasp activity when entertaining outside?

Solving a stinging insect issue is what we do best at Peregrine. The key is to find and eliminate the nest. At Peregrine, we have the right pest control tools to get under decks and porches, and into nooks and crannies. We have ladders and dust-sticks designed to reach way up high to take care of that nest that is hanging off a soffit. Always remember to call a professional pest control service technician to remove the nest. Every year people visit their local emergency room after being stung repeatedly by yellow jackets, wasps, and bees.

Do wasp bags work?

Wasp bags work best in the second half of summer. We always recommend using wasp bags from Sterling Rescue, placing 5 or 6 bags on tree or fence lines, preferably in shady areas. The goal is to encourage wasps and other stinging insects away from the area you are entertaining.

Wasps are coming into my house. Where are they coming from?

One of the hardest service calls to deal with is when wasps and other stinging insects have entered someone’s residence. When the nest is hidden the key is to find where the wasps are entering and exiting from. This means, during the daytime, doing a visual inspection at ground level to see if it can be determined from where the wasps and bees are coming and going. Focus on window frames, door frames, pipes, and other fixtures at ground level. Once you have identified the entry/exit point, mark the area and call your pest control technician so they can do the rest.

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4.9 out of 5 STARS

Wasps were gone within a day of spraying.

The job done was effective in dealing with the underground nest. No sign of wasps after a day had passed. Service arrived on time and was courteous and helpful when questions were asked.

Alain L.Calgary
Very efficient, professional, and good workmanship.

Peregrine General Pest Control was referred to us by someone who had used their service for a problem with mice. We hired them to deal with pigeons at a condo complex with 18 units, and they did the job well. Also, their price was half of what we got from another company.
Nick responded to us very quickly and had the work done in a timely manner. The roof of the condominium is very steep, so it required quite an effort to even climb up there. Nick told us to call him right away if there were any problems down the road, and he would take care of it.
We have had no sightings of pigeons or droppings since the job was completed. I would highly recommend Peregrine General Pest Control.
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Sonja R.Calgary
Unwanted mouse (...or mice??)

Once we noticed there was a mouse (mice?) problem, we had the owner out the very next day to set the traps and walk our house with us. He reviewed everything we needed to know in detail. Will be getting our 30 day follow-up later this month to confirm that the problem has been removed. Currently on day 2 of no droppings – here’s keeping our fingers crossed.

Service with a smile!!

Nick and his team are great!! We have used the “other guys” for years in our restaurant. Had a problem at home so I phoned Nick and had to use his team at our business after that! Nick does a great job with the basics then always goes obove and beyond suggesting and educating us with ways to help keep our restaurant clean and safe from pests!! Thanks Nick!!!

Dennon M.Calgary
First, it was mice...then wasps...now many bird nests!!

This is the 3rd time we’ve been able to use Peregrin Pest Control and have recommended them to others. Always great service, thorough follow up and communication. A pleasure to deal with, to be sure. You will not regret booking Peregrin!

Marquis De Lorne Community AssociationCalgary
Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable

I found Peregrine staff, both office and field very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They make sure their work is completed properly and care to call you back to ensure that your problems are taken care properly.

Luis N.Calgary
Bed bugs from China!!

Both Darcy and Marilyn at Peregrine were knowledgable and efficient. Thanks for the help.

Quick service and follow through, ridding my acreage of pocket gophers.

Peregrine General Pest Control has been keeping my place as pocket-gopher free as possible.
They are courteous, quick to respond to your needs, and thorough.
I would heartily recommend them.

Frances H.Calgary
Excellent professional service

I called Peregrine becauce of an ant problem. Since the treatment we have not had any issues with ants so D’Arcy obviously did a thorough job. D’Arcy was professional, patient and easy to talk to. I like the fact there is a 90 day guarantee so if we have any more ant issues I can only assume they will be dealt with in a timely fashion.

Donna K.Calgary

It works! We have no spiders.

Sandra L.Calgary

We were so inundated with spiders last year you had to always clean the deck before you used it. To date I have seen two very tiny spiders and that is all. It was well worth the price.

M Sylvia D.Calgary
No spiders since you sprayed. It has only been a few weeks though.

I can’t say the service has worked yet. I was reassured if the spiders do return within 90 days that you will re spray so I do rate that high. The fellow that came out was very polite and answered all my questions.


Huge thank you to Marilyn who answered my panicked phone call regarding sqiuirels and bugs. Marilyn was very empathetic and a much needed calming force for me. She was very professional and able to ensure Nick came the next day to help resolve my “issues”.

Jill B.Calgary
Far and away the best

As a facility manager at a private school I have used most every pest control company in Calgary at least once. Peregrine is far and away the best. They have attentive service and seem to actually care about what is occurring in your situation. Unlike some of the bigger companies who only come if they feel like it and do the bare minimum to keep your contract. You won’t get any of that from them.

Jeremy KeysCalgary
Great Company

I was very happy with their service. Darcy was great

Brent H.Calgary
We are so happy with the friendly and effective next day service we received

Peregrine was fast, friendly and very effective at completely removing the spider infestation at our house, around our deck and even in our rock gardens. The technician was very friendly and it only took a couple hours before it was safe for the dogs to go back outside. We’ll be using their services again in the future.

Kerri P.Calgary
Quick Service

Booked an appointment within two days for vole control. Traps were placed and the problem was resolved right away. Very friendly service from all involved.

James G.Calgary
Efficient, professional, respectful

The customer care representative did a thorough search of our home, inside and out, set safe traps in strategic locations, and explained the process clearly to me. They’ll return in 30 days, and then again in another 60 to make sure our house remains pest free. Peregrine were recommended to me, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone dealing with mice in your home.

Rachel S.Calgary
Excellent Service and Results

These guys were great! Took care of our skunk problem quickly and efficiently. All the staff was very friendly.
Recommend them to anyone!

Dinah C.Calgary
Happy Customer

Called Peregrine Pest Control regarding a gopher issue, and was so impressed with their service that I then hired them for my ant problem, a problem I had tried, unsuccessfully, to deal with myself over the years. Their work is very thorough and since the spraying (2 months ago) my yard is still ant-free (and gopher-free 🙂 ). I honestly didn’t think that could be possible. I definitely would use their service again – if needed.

Happy CustomerCalgary
An excellent job

The technician was very helpful and did a thorough job picking up rocks around my pond under which the ants had constructed a massive nest. I have seen no ants since the time of the spraying.

Heather C.Calgary
Thanks for the great job!

We installed solar panels on our roof and found that it did not take long for pigeons to be attracted to the roof. We had not had a problem previously so it was related to the solar panels. We had Peregrine look at the panels and make recommendations. We decided to have a barrier installed along the edge of the panels. This was done efficiently and per the quote. The barriers are like the spikes installed under bridges to prevent birds from roosting on beams and supports. The barriers have eliminated the problem with birds. Thanks for the great job!

Randal HarrisCalgary
Ken was very professional and extremely friendly. Our roach problem is now solved!

I had the pleasure of having Ken at our home to help with our roach problem. Ken was very professional and extremely friendly. He took time to explain what he was doing and why. We had a good chat about other topics as he does his thing. It was really nice to meet Ken – he has such a wonderful personality.
Our roach problem is also now solved. Thanks Ken!

Taiwo FawumiCalgary
Went the extra mile

Thanks to the team at Peregrine for their great service – we fixed our squirrel problem in a matter of days. Went the extra mile for us and was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and professional.

I’d highly recommend this company to anyone and will definitely use them again if I ever need to.

Amy WallnerCalgary
Nick was very professional and explained what he was going to do

Prompt and courteous service. Effective results and though inspection of the property

Richard T.Calgary
Fantastic service!

Nick with Peregrine Pest Control is a very professional man who knows his mice! He was quick to contact me when I first put in my cry for help and has been very organized and punctual with maintenance and return visits. I would, and have, recommended Peregrine to friends and family.


Very professional and thorough. Nick took the time to respond to all of our questions and educated us about the issue. Most importantly, Problem is now resolved! Top notch!

Selina K.Calgary
Huge help

Had voles last year and a pocket gopher that moved in due to expanding suburbia. Called many for quotes but Marilyn was the first and only one to take the time to help me figure out what the problem really was and how to deal with it. Chuck came out and helped me understand how the critters live and how to prevent their return… Huge help as i was stressed about my plants,kids and using traps around kids. in case next year my garden looks better than the mud hill behind me, I will call them again if I have problems but I’m sure that with such thorough work from chuck, we will be fine. Thanks guys!

Lori R.Calgary
Very thorough

Very thorough removing a large, underground and hidden bumble bee nest. Even took the time to remove the remains of a dead wasp nest that I was way too scared to touch! Would recommend.

Zorana VCalgary
good service and value

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bryan h.Calgary
Very satisfied with the outcome

I had one of the worst wasp tree infestations and a wasp nest under my step. With one visit Peregrine has fixed the problem and no more wasps. Very professional and quick to respond

Colleen R.Calgary
Thank you!

I have had ants in my kitchen for three years. I have had 2 other pest control companies in without success. Nick came in and eliminated my problems in two applications. My entire family loves him! Thank you Nick. He is professional, friendly, knowledgeable and effective. I highly recommend Peregrine.

Jill RodriguesCalgary
Friendly and knowledgeabe

Had a very friendly and knowledgable technician visit to help with our gopher problem. The applications seems to have worked quite well after watching population diminish greatly within a week or so. Also super friendly telephone service while booking, and follow up call was also appreciated. Peregrine (Charles) was out a day after I called…Would definitely recommend.

Ryan McGrathCalgary


Matthew.Herman5497 Belinda Rd
Quick response, friendly and efficient

Darcy walked me through the procedures he would be using to take care of a concealed wasp nest and performed the work quickly and efficiently. Has been close to one month with no problems. Very pleased with the service provided.

Sam K.Calgary

So far, service has been exceptional. They have set multiple traps for the pocket gophers that decided to make our yard their next home. Service is prompt, reliable and friendly. They take the time to explain things to you which appears to be rare these days. I highly recommend them.

Christy NelsonCalgary
Fantastic response time, professional and helpful.

We were on holidays only to come home to a skunk who had been hibernating under our patio. I contacted Nick with Peregrine pest control and within hours (on a statutory holiday) he contacted us back. He gave us the pricing over the phone and made arrangements so we could be home to learn to set the traps. Within 8 hours we caught a HUGE skunk in the trap. He picked it up immediately and dispersed of it. Thank you!!

Lisa D.Calgary
A load off my shoulders

Had a nasty case of bed bugs and thankfully found Peregrine Pest Control. The receptionist who answered the phone was polite and helpful and I immediately felt like a load was off my shoulders. They told me everything I needed to do to prepare for the visit.

The guy who came to take care of the problem was professional and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!

Aaron BartholomewCalgary
2 skunks caught within 12 hours!

Nick did a great job preparing me for what to expect and to be patient with the results…but I didn’t have to be! Within 2 hours both skunks were in the traps and gone!

Rosanna T.Calgary

They were friendly and helpful (even dealing with a nervous nelly like me). I think there were about 15 e-mails over the 2 days trying to help me calm down about what was going on. They never got snarky or made me feel stupid for asking questions.

Kelly F.Calgary
Happy with the result... Spiders are gone!

The service experience was positive.

Gregg S.Calgary
Very helpful

Nick was very helpful in helping us get rid of our squirrel problem. I have used other exterminators for this problem and never had any success. The traps worked great and now, touch wood, we are squirrel free for the first time in years!

Liz L.Calgary
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