Flying, yellow striped stinging bugs can be hard to tell apart, but its not impossible. In order to save some time and worry, try to safely get a close look at the offending insect. If its hairy, you've got honey bees. If it's anything else, it's probably a wasp or yellow jacket. Another easy way to tell is to look at the hive or nest. If it's a big grey papery ball, you have wasps.
Wasps and hornets are godless killing machines that sting without mercy and will not stop. They are much larger than honey bees and far more aggressive. If you are unsure about the insects you have, call a professional.
This is an example of a wasps nest. There is nothing delicious inside there. You will only find regret if you try to crack it open. Your best option is to trap it in a cardboard box and put a large "H" on the side. That way you'll know there are hornet inside. You can then give it to an enemy.
While wasps and hornets are flying garbage, there are some other types of bees that you'll see around flowers, but don't make honey. Two common types are the carpenter bee and the bumble bee. They are much larger than the honey bee and have a very different coloration. If you see them, try to avoid and not kill unless absolutely necessary.
Another view of the bumblebee.
Don't kill unless you need to. While wasps are terrible monsters, they are still beneficial pollinators that help plants thrive.
Under no circumstances should you ever spray honey bees. You should keep a safe distance and call Syracuse Honey to come and remove them.
If you think you might have an infestation of bees in your home or on your property, you need to take immediate action to have them removed. The longer a hive staying in your walls, the greater the opportunity for property damage. Killing them might seem like a quick and cheap solution, but this will not removed the honey or wax from your walls. Unless you remove that honey and wax, it will just attract new bees and/or other creatures looking for a easy snack. Also, dead bees smell terrible. If your walls are full of dead bees, you will know it.
The amount of time it will take depends completely on the size of the hive. If I have has been in your walls for years, it's likely very large and could take days to fully remove. Fresh infestations (those a few months old) will take much less time to remove, maybe as little as a few hours.
Pricing is completely dependant on the size and scope of the situation. A new hive at ground level is much easier to remove than a 5 year old hive on the third floor of a building. You will need to call and set up an appointment for a technician to evaluate the infestation. To save your time, review the section above "Do I have bees" and make sure you actually have honey bees and not wasps. If you have wasps or hornets, you can call pest control.
Swarms that are outside and have not moved into a structure will be removed at no cost to you. If you are further than 30 miles away, it will be a $35 service call.
Nucs will be available for purchase throughout the season. Please call for specific details.
All displaced honey bees are relocated to our managed hives in apiaries across the Syracuse area.
Honey will be available for purchase through our online store.
Call and speak to a technician for details and taking preventative measures.