Bees, Wasps, Hornets Nests Found on the Ground in Your Rockaway, NJ Garden; Digger, Mining & Sweat Bee, Yellow Jacket, Cicada Killer Wasp & Hornet Removal
When you picture flying stinging insects; the bees, wasps, and hornets, most think of the painful sting, the seemingly aggressive behavior, the flying from flower to flower, maybe the making of natural sweetness of honey, and perhaps even the aerial nests or hives, but few think about these flying insects as seeking refuge on the ground. Merlin’s Pest Control would like relate information regarding these unorthodox flying, stinging pests.
Types of Ground Bees
Ground bees are highly beneficial with pollinating. In so doing; ground bees are more active during the spring months. They dig their nests in the ground, frequently in patches of lawn or in your prized garden. Likened to mounds constructed by ants, bees show similar above ground architecture except with larger holes. You will typically spy activity with them flying close to the ground or coming in or out of their burrows.
Ground bees consist of Digger Bees, Mining Bees, and Sweat Bees. The females do the excavating for their nests in dry soil, and mound the opening with the dirt. She will also provide for the nest, collecting pollen and nectar for her offspring. Ground bees are solitary as opposed to social like the common bees. But they will often dig their nests in close proximity, where the males often fly by in hopes of finding a mate. Females have the capability of stinging, where the males do not. Females are not generally aggressive, and rarely sting, only doing so if they feel threatened. Even though males do not sting, they tend to show more aggression while patrolling the nesting grounds. Sweat bees in particular, so have their name because of their startling habit of perching on people to lap up your sweat. They will only sting if your reflex is to swat at them.
Ground Wasp Species
There are quite a few ground wasp species buzzing around. Their physical appearance is quite diverse because of the variety of species. But there are two major characteristics that most ground wasps possess. Ground wasps are equipped with two pairs of wings and a constriction between the thorax or head and abdomen, commonly referred to as thread-waisted. Being that they construct their nests underground, they adopted the name of ground wasps. Yellow jackets, cicada killer wasps, and digger wasps are typically the most common species folks encounter. Ground wasps are equally grouped as social and solitary critters. Many wasps tend to be aggressive in defending their nests, and unlike bees, wasps can inflict a continual assault of stings. Wasps are generally considered beneficial, as they tend to devour many of the problem pests, but if they are too close to your home, where you have children and pests, having them around may not be so.
Ground Hornet Burrows & Nests
Ground hornets are solitary insects. They can get up to 2” long and females tend to get bigger than the males. Ground hornets are black with yellow markings on their heads and greatly resemble the yellow jacket in appearance, but are much larger. Their six legs are yellow and their wings are reddish-orange or brownish in color. Female ground hornets are equipped with a stinger at the rear of their abdomens. A hornets burrow is often a horseshoe shape pile of excavated dirt and they prefer the loose soil and in warm, sunny areas. Their mounds entry point is about 1 and 1/2” in diameter. Females are not usually aggressive and typically don’t sting unless they feel have no other option. Like the ground wasps, ground hornet males are aggressive but don’t have a stinger.