Bald-faced Hornet or White-faced Hornet Dolichovespula Maculata lives throughout North America, including southern Canada and is more closely related to the American Wasp or Yellowjacket. Bald-faced Hornets are very protective of their nests and may sting repeatedly if disturbed and are best known for their large gray football-shaped paper nest, which they build in the spring for raising their young. Bald-faced Hornets are minor pollinators and may visit flowers around your home. When winter approaches, the nest is generally abandoned (most likely not to be reused), and all the wasps die, except for young fertilized queens which hibernate underground or in hollow trees. In Spring the young queen will emerge to rebuild another nest where the new colony will raise their young.
Bark Scorpion Centruroides Sculpturatus is cream to light brown in color-males measure approximately 3.25″ long and females 2.75″ long and feeds throughout the night on crickets, roaches or other small insects. Bark Scorpions reproduce after several months of gestation and are born alive. Young Bark Scorpions will molt 3 weeks after being born and remain with their mother during that time. Bark Scorpions may live up to 6 years if they are lucky enough to not be eaten by other scorpions, spiders, birds, lizards, snakes, or rodents. Bark Scorpions usually hide under rocks and leaf clutter during the day but may find their way into a structure trying to escape from the heat. Bark Scorpions like most other scorpions will glow under UV black lights, which makes it easy to locate at night.
Bubblebee Bombus are typically found in higher latitudes that range from warm to cold climates where other bees might not be found and may feed on nectar or gather pollen to feed its young. The bumblebee species are a gentle, beneficial insect to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger than other members of the bee family. Bumblebees form colonies like Honeybees, however their hives are usually much less extensive than those of honeybees, because of the small size of the nest. Often, bumblebee nests will hold fewer than 50 individuals, and may be within tunnels in the ground made by other animals or cracks in cement that have not been repaired.
European Paper Wasp Polistes Dominulus was introduced into the US about 1981 and has quickly spread throughout most of the country, in most cases replacing native species within a couple years. Paper Wasps gather fibers from old wood and dead dry plant stems, chew them and mix with saliva to make a water-resistant gray paper. Paper wasps can be very defensive and should not be approached unless one is experienced.
Mud Dauber Wasp or Dirt Dauber Trypoxylon Politum are long, slender wasps with thread-like waists that build nests in the shape of a cylindrical tube resembling an organ pipe. The name of this wasp group comes from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp’s mandibles. There are three different species of mud daubers, each with distinctive coloring: the organ-pipe mud dauber (solid black coloring), the black and yellow mud dauber, and a stunning metallic-blue mud dauber with blue wings. The black and yellow mud dauber’s nest is comprised of a series of cylindrical cells that are plastered over to form a smooth nest about the size of a human fist. The metallic-blue mud dauber foregoes building a nest altogether and simply uses the abandoned nests of the other two species.
Honeybee Apis Mellifera have historically been cultured for or robbed of honey by humans. The Honeybees primary commercial value is as a pollinator of crops. Honeybees navigate by using a combination of memory, visual landmarks, colors, the position of the sun, smell, polarized light and magnetic anomalies, they are also one of the very few invertebrates in which sleep-like behavior, similar in many respects to mammalian sleep, is known to exist. While Honeybees and Africanized Bees are active pollinators, all unmanaged bee colonies in Clark County are considered Africanized Bees and must be destroyed by law. Africanized Bees can swarm 4 to 8 times a year, swarming bee activity will create a large ball of bees around the queen to protect her-caution should be used when coming in contact with a bee swarm because any noise or action may set the swarm into a defensive mode to attack. Always allow 24 hours for the swarm to move before contacting a professional pest control company. In many cases if the swarm hasn’t moved in over 24 hours, the swarm will most likely remain in that location until removed. If the location is a sensitive area (bus stop, school, or area that children or pets play) contact a professional pest control company to service the swarm so injuries do not occur.