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With Kairos unique three step approach we can ensure efficient results all year long.

  • Inspect: Upon arrival our team will assess your pest problems and formulate a plan of action.
  • Perform: IPM (Integrated Pest Management), is our environmentally friendly and common sense approach to pest control, and includes a wide variety of treatments that will be customized for your needs.
  • Protect: Effective Pest management is a process, not a one time event, that's why we offer affordable Pest Control plans to keep you protected year-round.

Bees & Wasps : What you need to know

Bees and wasps are similar in some ways but are very different creatures with different behaviors. Usually bees are good for the environment, but may pose a threat if they nest in the area around your home, especially if you have members of the family that are allergic. Wasps are also a problem as they can sting multiple times and are more aggressive, but the treatment for both are different.

Basic Biology

Bees

Bees have a life cycle that consists of four stages

  • Egg
  • Larval
  • Pupae
  • Adult

Before bees are adults they live in the hive, once they reach the pupae stage they wrap themselves in cocoons and hatch as adults. There is three types of bees that are produced, queen(s), males and female worker bees.

Wasps

The wasp life cycle is composed of 3 stages

  • Egg
  • Larval
  • Adult

Wasps colonies are composed of queen(s), males and workers, which provide the food and supplies to the larva, as well as building the nest.

Inside the Hive

Bees

In the bee hive there are three types of bees; queen(s), males and female worker bees. The queen(s) are in charge of the producing eggs to maintain and increase bee population. The males are for fertilizing the queens and is there only jobs, they die shortly after, the worker bees are infertile female bees that go out to look for nectar and bring it back to the hive to turn into honey. Bees have a special gland that convert nectar into honey.

When in danger or threatened bees will attack to defend the colony, honey bees can only sting once unlike bumblebees that can sting multiple times. All bees take orders from the queen(s) and leave the hive daily to find nectar to convert to honey.

Wasps

Wasps can be considered to be social, like living in a colony, or solitary and live by themselves and lay eggs to hatch on their own. Wasp colonies can consist of thousands of wasps and female workers are in charge of all nest duties, and may be predatory or parasitic in nature. Predatory wasps hunt other insects and animals to feed to their larva, while parasitic wasp lays its eggs in dead animals or insects.

Like bees wasps are important to the environment, some hunt insects that are harmful to crops, while others consume nectar and help pollination. Some species are aggressive and attack when threatened, and unlike honey bees can sting multiple times.

Identifying the problem & Control

Bees

  • Allergy - Bees can pose a real threat to members of your family if they are allergic as one sting can send them to the hospital, due to the toxins in there venom.
  • Swarming - If a bee hives population becomes too large, one of the queens will leave with a large number of worker bees that protect her until they can find a new location to nest, and may be dangerous to your family or neighbors as the swarm will attack if threatened. 
  • Stinging - Bee stings can be very painful and dangerous if many bees begin to attack as they're venom becomes dangerous in high amounts.
  • Hive - If you see a bee hive, it is a clear indication that there are bees and depending on the size may house hundreds of bees 

Wasps

  • Stinging - Wasps, unlike honey bees, are more aggressive and can sting multiple times, and if there are multiple wasps can cause even more damage as they will continue to sting you.
  • Nests - wasp nests are a clear indication of wasps , and depending on the size and quantity of nests, may house hundreds of wasps, which is a problem.