Spring is here and it is time to begin to expect spring time pests to get active once again. There are many pests that become more active as the seasons change and the temperature begins to warm up. One pest that is well known to Texas is the Mexican honey wasp. Mexican honey wasps are cause for much concern once they been identified in or near your home or property. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will share more about how to identify and control Mexican honey wasps if you see them swarming your yard this spring.
Mexican Honey Wasp Identification
There are up to 16 species of Mexican honey wasps so far identified however, only one major species have been seen in Texas. Local Mexican honey wasps have a dark colored thorax, head and abdomen with yellow and dark stripes. Mexican honey wasps can also reach between ¼ to 1/3 of an inch in length. Another unique trait of the Mexican honey wasps there are the only wasp species that makes and stores honey.
Mexican Honey Wasp Diet
The Mexican honey wasps is considered a beneficial insect like honey bees, and help pollinate crops and other vegetation, they also feed on smaller insects such as Asian citrus psyllid which is a fly like pest that harms plants. Even though the Mexican honey wasps are very beneficial they can cause homeowners some alarm especially when they see them nesting near their home.
Mexican Honey Wasp Nests
Mexican honey wasps are very social having up to 18,000 colony members, a colony will often build their nest high in the tree or occasionally in brush and shrubs. You can find Mexican honey wasps thriving in all of parts of Texas and through the most southern parts of Mexico. Mexican honey wasps can go unnoticed for a long time and often it is not until you see their large basketball shaped nest hanging from the trees. Mexican honey wasps often go unnoticed because they are not aggressive by nature and you have directly disturb their nest before they will defend it.
Mexican Honey Wasp Stings
Mexican Honey Wasps do have a smooth straight stinger which can sting a person multiple times. If a nest is discovered it is best to keep away from the site and contact a professional pest control service that provide wasps and bee removal. If possible it may be encourage to co-inside with Mexican Honey Wasps since they are a beneficial, however if they are locate near your home and you fear yourself or other family members then you can see about having the nest removed.
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When a nest is discovered, contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control we can come and remove the nest away from your home. Stay away from the nest until professional assistance. Beneficial pests such as Mexican honey wasps are often relocated to a more suitable location where they can continue to thrive. It is discouraged to attempt to remove or kill Mexican Honey Wasps and their nest. For professional post control services contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.