Take Back Your Deck
Stinging insects like bees, wasps, and hornets can frighten your family and guests and make it unpleasant to be on your deck. Landmark removes the threat of dangerous stinging insects and restores your yard to a peaceful and enjoyable place for your family and pets.
Landmark applies a synthetic derivative of the Chrysanthemum flower (pyrethroids) to the underside of your eaves to prevent bees, wasps, and hornets from building nests. Our targeted application is in keeping with the principles of Integrated Pest Management. We apply this product only to areas that are protected from rain, such as the under-eave surface and other covered areas. Application of this product can help you enjoy your deck without nests forming beneath the eaves. Products can also be applied inside of hollow railings to prevent stinging insects from building nests inside of them.
Bees, wasps and hornets are important for the environment, so one should first consider whether they are truly causing a problem before deciding to remove them. Nests in locations where they pose a threat to humans should be removed, but it is not necessary to remove nests in remote locations. Please use this helpful guide to help you decide whether the species you’re inquiring about is causing damage to property or a risk to human health and safety.
Bald Faced Hornets
When Bald Faced Hornet nests overhang a road or sidewalk, they should be removed, as they can, on rare occasions, fall during high winds. The greater risk comes from lower hanging nests that are visible to the public, because inquisitive children will sometimes throw objects at the nest trying to dislodge it, causing a dangerous situation. If you feel that the nest is in a conspicuous location where it is likely to be targeted by children, it should be removed.
All hornets and many wasps are insectivores. They aid in the control of mosquitos and other harmful insects. Bald Faced Hornets form gray paper nests in trees. When these nests are at least 15 feet high or are at least 30 feet from a sidewalk, we encourage you to leave them in place and enjoy watching them grow throughout the season.
The nest is occupied for only a single season and will not be used again. After it grows for a season, a queen will spend the winter deep in the crack of a tree and she will emerge the following year to begin building a nest in a new location. Usually having a Bald Faced Hornet nest is an isolated event that will not repeat itself.
When Yellow Jackets are nesting in the ground, they can usually be left alone, unless they have chosen a location where people walk, dine outdoors, or where they have the potential to be disturbed by human activities, including landscaping and grass cutting.
Yellow Jackets eat insects, meat from the carcasses of dead animals, and fruit. Anyone who enjoys picnics knows that Yellow Jackets are keen on trying whatever you’re having. They will land on your sugary drink, fruit or food in great numbers and with great persistence. Yellow Jackets will nest in hollow cavities, including inside of your building’s siding or in the ground inside of burrows that have been abandoned by mice. Yellow Jackets should always be removed when they are entering a hole in your house, because their populations can grow quite large and they can begin entering the occupied spaces of your home or building.
When Bumble Bees nest in the ground, they can usually be left alone, unless they have chosen a location where people walk or where they have the potential to be disturbed by human activities, including landscaping and grass cutting.
Bumble Bees prefer nests that have been abandoned by mice and they will sometimes make their nest inside of a mouse carcass. Bumble Bees are important pollinators and they should be allowed to survive when possible. They are generally docile and stings occur when Bumble Bees are stepped on. Many people report that their first sting arose during childhood when they stepped on a Bumble Bee in the grass.
Carpenter Bees look similar to Bumble Bees, except they bore holes in wood. Carpenter Bees cause damage to deck railings and they should be removed. Because their multi-chambered nests feature tunnels that branch off in different directions, they are difficult to eradicate and their treatment may require more than one visit.
Polistes or Umbrella Wasps
Polistes, also known as Umbrella Wasps, tend to be aggressive and they should be removed if they are in an area within 10 feet of human activity. If the nests under your eaves are at least 10 feet away from areas where people will be, the nest can be left alone as Polistes eat mosquitos and other harmful insects. In addition to living under eaves and soffits, Polistes will sometimes build nests in your mailbox, outdoor grill, or the underside of patio furniture. They can be easily removed, but they will quickly rebuild nests unless a residual product is applied to these areas.
Honey bees are perhaps the most important insect to our environmental health. Colony Collapse and other problems are plaguing honey bees. The honey bees that are living in your building are showing some natural hardiness and resistance to these conditions, and it is very important to remove them alive, so that their naturally resistant genes remain in the gene pool.
When Honey Bees are entering a hole in your building, they need to be removed. Leaving any honey behind will attract other honey bees, ants, mice and other pests. The wall may need to be opened so that the honey comb and nest structures can be removed. Landmark Pest Management has masons and drywallers on staff who are able to fully restore any damage caused by the removal. When possible, honey bees should be removed without the use of pesticides.
The beekeepers on our staff specialize in pesticide-free honey bee removal. Once they have opened the wall to expose the colony, they will remove the queen by hand placing her into a hive box. While the bee keepers work to scrape every surface clean and remove every bit of wax and honey, the worker bees will follow the scent of their queen’s pheromones and they will join her in the hive box.
A pesticide-free honey bee removal will not result in any more damage to your home or cost more than a pesticide-centric approach. The wall has to be opened to the same degree in either case to remove the comb and honey. It is not possible to solve a honey bee infestation without removing all of their material from wall voids.
Click on the video below to watch Landmark’s ABC Humane Wildlife Certified technicians remove a honey bee colony.
Honey Bees sometimes swarm when their colonies become too large for a hive. Scouts fly off seeking a suitable new home, while the rest of the swarm waits on a branch for the scouts to return with directions to the new home. Swarms may remain for hours or a couple days, but not longer. Unless swarms rest in areas that threaten human safety, they should be left alone and allowed to leave on their own.
Landmark Pest Management allows swarms to resolve on their own, except in rare situations that necessitate control. One such circumstance that required our beekeepers to remove a swarm occurred when one was found on the jet-bridge connected to an aircraft, and the passengers could not exit the aircraft until the swarm was removed. Assisted by a hydraulic lift, our beekeepers used a vacuum to suck up the swarm and removed it within minutes and without the use of pesticides.
Send us a Photo
Many stinging insects look similar to one another. Honey Bees look like smaller, fuzzy Yellow Jackets, and Carpenter Bees look like Bumble Bees with hairless abdomens. If you feel that you can do so safely, please email us a photo of the insect you’re inquiring about, so we can identify it for you. You may send the image to firstname.lastname@example.org and an entomologist will respond immediately.