Wasp

Stinging Insects

Bumble bees, wasps, and hornets are the most common insects that will sting us. Remember bumble bees, wasps, and hornets can sting repeatedly – so beware of hidden nests. If you are being bothered by bumble bees, wasps or hornets flying to close to your home or family please call us without delay. Our well-trained technicians will be able to locate the nest and remove the problem before anyone gets stung, and help to ensure that they do not return the following year.

Bumble Bees bee

About

Bumble bees are important pollinators and are used for agricultural purposes to pollinate plants that other species of bee are too small to access. Bess are beneficial as they are important pollinators. As a general 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 real safety hazard then contact the folks at Peregrine and they will remove the nest.
Contrary to popular opinion, bumble bees can sting and will do so repeatedly since their stinger does not have barbs and so can be used more than once.

what to
look for

Fortunately bumble bee 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 or in holes or under solid objects. Bumble bee nests generally last only for one season since the old queen dies off as winter approaches and the younger queens that 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 – which is why it is important to destroy the nests of bumble bees that are causing a nuisance at the end of each season.

how
to
identify a bumble bee

Bumble bees 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 so are much more vulnerable to food shortages.

what
we
can do to
help

If you are being bothered by bumble bees flying to close to your home or family please call us without delay. Our well-trained technicians will be able to locate the nest and remove the problem before anyone gets stung, and help to ensure that the bumble bees do not return the following year.

Preparing
for your
Service

Most stinging insects nests are treated from the exterior of the property e.g. a gap under the front step. It is highly recommended to keep away from the treated area for a few hours after the application allowing the product to begin to work.

Yellow Jackets  Wasp

what to
look for

They are among the most persistent of wasps and often appear at barbecues and picnics attracted by the smells of soda, grilled meat and, believe it or not, human sweat!  They actively 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 themselves feed on nectar but they scavenge our picnic food to carry off to feed the young in the nest. Yellow jackets are often more problematic as the summer progresses and more young are born that need to be fed.

Nests are generally located at ground level or below ground, often at the edge of forests or wooded areas, 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 as you will just drive them deeper into your residence.

how
to
identify a yellow jacket

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

what
we
can do to
help

Our skilled technicians here at Peregrine are experienced in carrying out this type of work with the minimum of disruption to you or your neighbours and with the appropriate protective clothing to help to minimize stings.

Preparing
for your
Service

Most stinging insects nests are treated from the exterior of the property e.g. a gap under the front step. It is highly recommended to keep away from the treated area for a few hours after the application allowing the product to begin to work.

Hornets hornet

what to
look for

A hornets nest is known for its 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 it is 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.

how
to
identify a a hornet

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

what
we
can do to
help

The best way to deal with a hornet problem is to find the nest and eliminate it. Elimination of hornets can be difficult and may require the services of a professional applicator.

Preparing
for your
Service

Most stinging insects nests are treated from the exterior of the property e.g. a gap under the front step. It is highly recommended to keep away from the treated area for a few hours after the application allowing the product to begin to work.
customer
reviews
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
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
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
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
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