Friday, May 18, 2012

Honey Bees are Baseball fans!

This was cool!  A honey bee swarm landed (alighted) right near the Colorado Rockies Dugout at Coors' Field! In Colorado, wild honey bees are relatively low in numbers (compared to Florida anyway, which is LOADED with wild, African Honey Bees!!), so the right call was made. A beekeeper used a 'bee-vac' to vacuum the honey bees up, and he will either add the bees to an existing hive box of his, or start a new colony. Bravo!  Check out the video and cool play by play!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Orlando Paper Wasp Nest

It's that time of year again, when temperatures are consistently warm, and insect activity really starts booming. This flush of insects propels the growth of predatory wasps, and nests start growing fast!
Orlando Polistes Paper Wasp nest

You've seen these wasps, I'm sure, as they are common on Eaves and Soffits of homes, apartments and just about any building where shelter from our frequent rains can be found.

These are called Paper or Umbrella wasps, and are in the Genus Polistes. They are common worldwide, and feast on insects such as caterpillars, aphids and other small delectable morsels!

About this time of year, we start getting calls to perform treatments and removals, as the nests are getting large enough to become a sting threat. While I admire these wonderful 'predators from the sky', It's of more importance to provide a safe environment for the public and residents, so treatment is warranted in many cases. However, if you have paper wasps in locations that aren't frequented by people, it's quite OK to leave them be!

Contact the Stinging Insect Experts at 321-206-5100 or 1-800-343-5317 or submit a bee removal FREE inspection here!

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist (Univ of Fla'04); Registered Beekeeper (FL0010609M)
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