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Yellowjackets and hornets pose threats to our customers in Orlando (Central Florida), Charlotte NC, and Winston Salem NC. Our phone has rang off the hook this July at our office in Orlando located of 9064 Dowden Rd # 03310 Orlando Florida 32827 as panicked customers have called in with their horror stories about being chased and stung by yellowjackets and hornets. We have heard several stories of pets experiencing life threatening and dangerous encounters. For information on treatment options call our office at 407-580-7124 or see our website Orlando Pest Control 

Many consider hornets and yellow jackets as the bullies of the insect kingdom. These stinging, flying insects ruin backyard barbecues, family outings, and any other summertime outdoor activity with their aggressive appetite for picnic food, fruit and sodas.. They sting thousands of Americans every year, killing up several dozens through anaphylactic shock. This weekend, one of them stung me three times in the face as I walked out of a bathroom in Ocean Lake Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. What an asshole, right? No, not me, the yellow jacket.

 

I’ve always wondered what’s up with hornets and yellow jackets that makes them so vicious in mid-summer?

It turns out that, like many humans’ bad behavior, the wasps’ assholishness can be traced back to their families.

 

Many of the hornet and yellowjacket species that sting us are social insects. Unlike solitary insects such as carpenter bees, social insects live in colonies, where hordes of sterile female workers tend to their younger sisters and fertile mother. As living incarnations of Ayn Rand’s nightmares, these social insects do everything for the good of the colony.

But unlike human socialists (and unlike distantly related honeybees), hornets and yellow jackets must start their colonies from scratch every year. In spring, a young queen emerges from winter dormancy and builds a new nest by herself out of wood pulp and spit. Her lonely labor continues until she’s raised her first brood of worker daughters, which dutifully take over caring for the next rounds of eggs, larvae, and pupae. And there are many next rounds: A colony of hornets or yellow jackets may grow to 1,000 workers, says President and CEO of Orlando Pest Control – Rodney Allman. Although you wouldn’t know it in the beginning of summer says Allman.


Until midsummer, most human and wasp encounters happen because people disturb the nest. Many of these disturbances are by accident by homeowners inadvertently mowing over yellowjacket nests or by trimming shrubs which harbor hornet nests. Bald-faced hornets like building their nests in trees, under the eaves of houses, and in shrubs, while paper wasps favor exposed beams. Yellow jackets can be particularly troublesome: They build their homes inside the walls of our homes, as well as holes in the ground—often where people walk and mow grass. “I’ve personally disturbed their nests” while perimeter pest control treatments for quarterly customers, says  Rodney Allman. Which required a lot of running away, he continues, because “they’ll follow you a lot longer than honeybees.” They’ll also sting you a lot more than honeybees, thanks to their smooth, venomous stinger, which doesn’t get stuck in your skin after one thrust like a bee’s barbed stinger.

 

July, August, and September have the most yellow jacket stings because the offspring have developed into adults, and as adults, they spend every hour of daylight foraging for sugary foods that give them a quick boost of energy. Sugary foods like ice cream, soda—and fallen fruit that is fermenting. Many of these foraging excursions inherently cross paths with humans who are enjoying outdoor barbeques, picnics, and events such as festivals, theme parks and other activities involving both humans and the aforementioned food items these stinging insects seek.

 

I’ve read that fermenting plant sap will cause hornets and yellowjackets to be inebriated. Although we really shouldn’t begrudge them a drink – these workers have devoted their brief lives to serving queen and colony, and they will all die of cold and old age by Thanksgiving. Only the mated queens will survive the winter huddled behind house siding and beneath rotting logs, waiting until spring returns to start the whole cycle over again.


Not many can wait for the icy hand of death to squash these stinging picnic thieves. In fact there is hardly any offseason for our Florida customers. Rarely Orlando will see a night with below 32 degree temps. A few things homeowners can do to avoid stings is to keep an eye out for their nests. Be vigilant when working around shrubs and landscaping where there is pine straw and bushes. Additionally, keep food and garbage in tightly sealed containers and be prepared to flee if multiple insects start attacking.


While you’re running for your life, bear in mind that this is only temporary. Unlike us road-raging, Twitter-trolling, lion-shooting humans, hornets and yellow jackets are only assholes for part of the year. But I understand that can be hard to remember—especially if one of them just stung your cheek.      

Orlando wasps, yellowjacket, and hornet control

IMG_6264Envirosafe Pest Control located at 1800 Camden Road in Charlotte NC opens new office in Orlando Florida. Orlando Pest Control located at 9064 Dowden Road #03310 Orlando Florida 32827 407-580-7124 http://www.OrlandoPestControl.com.

This office will be an extension of our Charlotte office and will bring our environmentally safe pest control services to a Florida market that is in need of a pest control service that provides organic, environmental, and natural pest solutions.

Termite season is year around in Charlotte North Carolina. We found this severe infestation under a house in Dilworth this week. Call Envirosafe Charlotte Pest Control today to have your home inspected. 704-392-2241

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2014 was the year of the Bed Bug and also we saw a resurgence of fleas in record number. A wet spring and mild fall also led to a record number of mosquito calls at Envirosafe Termite and Pest.

We anticipate 2015 to be another record year for these pests and there are three more all homeowners should be aware of.

 

The first on this list The The Roof Rat

Sometime referred to as the Black Rat, Roof Rats are known to inhabit coastal regions in the United States. In recent years though, the Roof Rat has crept its Recently, however, this pest has crept into the piedmont of North Carolina and has established itself here and even as far west as Asheville. These Rats are inherently creepy because they love to climb and seek out aerial nests in places like attics, trees, etc. where they cause major damage to attics, electrical systems and heating and air units. These horror inducing rats are also known for slipping into second story bedrooms via open windows.

 

Roof Rats in Charlotte NC

Roof Rats in Charlotte NC

 

The second on our list of pests is a small package of terror known as The Brown Recluse Spider. The Brown Recluse is a highly venomous spider that, much unlike a Black Widow, will aggressively inflict bites on victims that won’t heal. Recluse was an apt name for years do to the rarity in which this spider occured. Now, however, Brown Recluse bites have become common in Charlotte North Carolina. Presumably due to a thriving economy here and midwesterners who move here and bring Brown Recluses with them. Seek immediate medical attention if you think you or a family member have experienced a bite from a Brown Recluse.

 

Brown Recluse Spiders are increasing in number in Charlotte NC. They leave flesh wounds that will not heal.

Brown Recluse Spiders are increasing in number in Charlotte NC. They leave flesh wounds that will not heal.

 

 

Envirosafe Termite & Pest Control has been flooded with yellow jacket calls this summer. We don’t know what to attribute this to, but we’ve had an excessive amount of calls this season with panicked customers reporting that their loved ones were hospitalized from stings and the subsequent anaphyalactic shock. Many others have called with concerns about their pets after seeing swarms of these small aggressive nuisances in and around their homes.  Yellow jacket populations grow progressively during the summer and fall and populations between Labor Day and the first hard frost can make outdoor picnics and other outdoor functions intolerable.  Please proceed with caution when dealing with yellow jackets. Most of our customers are hospitalized after only one sting and many die each year due to yellow jacket stings.

 

 

Call Envirosafe Termite & Pest

1800 Camden Rd #1071

Charlotte NC 28203

704-392-2241

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Many of us are very familiar with the random screeching sound of a summer night’s Cicada. As a kid, one year (1979 according to the brood II map) I remember collecting dozens of molted Cicada shells from the trunks of the pecan trees in our New Hope Road yard in Belmont, North Carolina. Reminiscent that year of my childhood in 1979, the Year of the Cicada is once again upon us. After residing underground for 17 years, these periodical cicadas known as Brood II will emerge in North Carolina over the next few weeks. Often in the year of the cicada, these insects reach densities up to over a million per acre. Cicadas are grouped into geographical broods according to where and when they emerge. There are several species of Cicadas and one species (M. septendecim) even has bright red eyes.  Here is the Brood II map.  Even though these fascinating Rip Van Winkles of the insect world don’t bite or sting, they can be a major urban nuisance. Their sheer abundance can wreak havoc at Spring and Summer outdoor events such as weddings, cookouts, etc. They are known to inadvertently fly into people’s hair and land on most anything convenient to them. Another issue with Cicada is the overpowering noise they make. The high decibel levels that emanate from male cicadas may be unbearable in years where cicadas re-emerge.

A shell from a Cicada like the ones I collected as a kid in 1979

A shell from a Cicada like the ones I collected as a kid in 1979

 

Red Eye Cicadas (M. septendecim)

Red Eye Cicadas (M. septendecim)

But wait, if Cicadas emerge every 17 years, then what was it I saw in Edgemoor SC in May of 2011?  That year when answering a pest control service call I witnessed something as I can only describe as something out of a science fiction move. The sky in Edgemoor on May 25 2011 on a rural residential road ( I looked up Edgemoor on our Google Calendar Service Schedule) was literally almost black and noise unbearable on a sunny May afternoon. All due to millions of Cicadas in the Edgemoor SC sky. My  first thought when I first heard about this years emergence was how could another brood emerge just two years after I witnessed Cicada hell in 2011.  After a little research, I learned that I had actually experienced the Brood XIX emergence in 2011, aka one of the 13 year Cicadas. 2011 Brood XIX Map  As far a control options, there are none as far as we at Envirosafe Termite & Pest can do for you, but be aware that these insects are most active in the evening hours. Plan outdoor activities accordingly.

 

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Cicadas on trees in Charlotte North Caroliona

Cicadas on trees in Charlotte North Caroliona