• Interesting Facts About Cicada Killer Wasps: Are They Harmful to Humans?

    29 May 2018
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    Interesting Facts About Cicada Killer Wasps:

    Are They Harmful to Humans?

    Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people.

    Cicada Killers

    If you see an insect resembling a huge bee attacking a cicada, then you’ve most likely seen a cicada killer wasp. The wasp resembles a very large yellow jacket; its body is black with pale yellow stripes running across its abdomen. 

    Its antenna and wings have a yellow tint. A male cicada killer dies a short moment after mating while a female will die once she has laid all her eggs. You are most likely to see cicada killers in early summer months.

    Cicada Killer Behaviors

    Cicada killers tend to burrow in areas surrounding forests, waste placed as well as gardens. They build their in places with adequate light, proper drainage, and light soil, especially close to trees where cicadas are mostly found. 

    The pests appear in summer when weather conditions are favorable for mating. After mating, a female cicada killer burrows oval-shaped chambers in the soil where she lays her eggs. She will then look for cicada bugs on which she will lay her eggs, each egg per bug.  

    When a female cicada killer finds a cicada, she stings and paralyzes it before taking it to the chambers that she had borrowed.  Upon reaching the chamber, she places it somewhere inside it and lays an egg on the cicada bug and then goes outside again to look for another cicada bug. She will do this until she finds enough cicada bugs for hosting all her eggs. 

    When a cicada killer egg hatches into larvae, the young cicada killer eats the cicada bug as it takes care to help it survive. Upon feeding to its fill, the larva forms a cocoon in the chamber and hibernates there until when spring comes. Upon the arrival of spring, the larva starts to make its way out of the tunnel as an adult wasp.

    Cicada Bug (Photo: Control Exterminating)

    Are Cicada Killers Harmful to People?

    Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people.  Nevertheless, a cicada killer may not have the patience spare you its stinging wrath if you happen to squeeze it in your hands, step on it or annoy it. 

    It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female. Avoid doing these to the insect and rest assured that it won’t harm you in any way. Besides, keep off from places with these insects lest they feel provoked and sting you.  

    Although they are usually harmless to humans, cicada killers, especially the females are a nuisance when they invade an area near or inside your building since the tunnels they borrow can cause damage to your property.  


    “It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female.”

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    Cicada Killer Prevention

    As mentioned earlier, cicada killers are attracted to places with conditions that favor their survival and breeding. The conditions include proper drainage, sunlight, ample of cicada bugs as well as dirt. 

    Therefore, the best way to keep the bug killers from coming to your place is to eliminate these conditions. Once they are absent, cicada killers will find no to reason to go there.  

    Cicada Killer Eradication

    Since cicada killers can sting when provoked, it is advisable to handle their elimination with utmost care and professionalism. Don’t worry if you don’t have the proper knowledge and skills needed to eradicate the bugs safely; a pest extermination expert from Control Exterminating can do it for you.

    Get in touch with Control Exterminating for the best solution to a cicada killer problem in your property.***

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  • The Buzz about Bees

    1 December 2017
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    The Buzz about Bees in NYC

    While bees play the significant role as pollinators in the environment, we still don’t want them around our family members. Bee stings have often caused many people to rush to the hospital emergency.

    But, to get rid of these stinging pests, it is essential to know precisely which type of bees you are dealing with. Although there are around 4,000 different types of bees in America, we shall be discussing some of the more commonly found bees in NYC.

    Bees in NYC: The Various Types


    Honeybees are golden brown in color, and they have black abdominal stripes. They are not aggressive in nature. They attack only if you try to threaten their colony. If by chance, a honeybee stings you, it can do so only once. Their territories can be vast, so the honeybees nest removal is best left to a pest control professional.


    Bumblebees are a little larger than honeybees and have a black body covered with dense yellow and black hair. Bumblebees get their name from the noise that they make when they enter a flower. They live in large colonies. So, do bumble bees sting? Yes, but only if their nest is disturbed.

    Carpenter Bees

    Carpenter bees have a black body with thick yellow and black hair on their head and thorax. These bees are solitary insects and do not build nests. But they have a bad reputation as they make holes in wood to lay eggs and can cause serious damage to your homes if they are not eliminated.

    The only one that will sting is the female carpenter bee but the male carpenter bee doesn’t have this ability and is most often found boring into your NYC building wall outside…or inside. However, you don’t usually have to worry about either of them stinging you as they generally will not do this unless provoked.

    Although you may hear buzzing from other types of bees, the ones you hear inside your home are often carpenter bees home. This is also due to the fact that the bumblebee is not often found indoors. It is the carpenter bee that will come inside during the cooler weather.

    You will find holes in wood since this is where the carpenter bee goes in order to build their nests. It isn’t very big, just about a half an inch big. If you’re noticing these holes in the wood around your property, there is a good chance that you have carpenter bees. You may also notice sawdust lying around; this is another indicator. The holes they make in the wood can ruin your outdoor furnishings.

    Killer Bees

    Killer bees are about half-an-inch long and look a lot like honeybees. Though they are named killer bees, their venom is not very strong. However, these bees tend to attack in large numbers, which can be dangerous, especially to those who are allergic to stings.

    Paper Wasps

    The Paper Wasp is brownish in color with yellow or reddish marking. Their nests, which are umbrella-like in shape, are found hanging from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs. Their nests can also be found hanging from porch ceilings, door frames, deck floor joints, and railings. Though typically not very aggressive, you will evidently get stung if you touch their nest.

    Baldfaced Hornets

    Mostly black, with a white face, these hornets are considered beneficial insect because they control many pest insect species. They build their nests on trees, utility poles, overhangs or other structures.

    Mud Daubers

    These wasps are long and slender and usually black in color. They are solitary wasps, and they typically do not live in colonies. They construct tube-like nests made of mud. They are beneficial insects as they control spiders. But if their nest is near a structure, it needs to be removed.


    Yellowjackets are less than an inch in size and have a yellow and black color pattern. Their nests are made of paper carton, which can grow to the size of a basketball. Yellowjackets do not sting unless their nests are threatened. However, one must be careful if their nest is located near a structure.

    Act Quickly

    It is always better to remove a wasp’s nest as soon as possible. When the nest is small, and only a few wasps are present, it is easier to knock it down. However, when the nest gets too big, it is always advisable to get professional help.

    Wasps are aggressive when threatened and can sting multiple times. So, in case you come across a wasp nest, call the experts at Control Exterminating. Not only will they locate the nests and beehives, but they will also remove them for good, safely and efficiently.***

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  • Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat

    25 September 2017
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    Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat

    If you have been noticing hornets around your property, we wouldn’t recommend that you ignore that they are there. They can become extremely aggressive and sting. A hornet sting is very painful and for those who are allergic to their venom, it can cause them to require medical attention. Don’t take this chance; instead, seek the services of professional pest control services. At Control Exterminating in New York, we have been able to help hundreds of people get rid of the problem they have been experiencing with hornets. When you have hornets around you, there is likely a nest nearby. The worse thing that you can do is try to knock down the nest. If you thought you had a problem, you haven’t seen anything yet. You can eliminate the threat of being stung by reaching out to our professional NY exterminators today.

    Hornets NYC: Why Are They Dangerous?

    If you have hornets, you definitely wouldn’t want them coming inside your home. We can help you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by sealing up the areas they could get in through. We would also use materials to help us prevent them from getting inside. If there are trees and bushes outside your windows, it is best to keep them trimmed to avoid the possibility of them getting in through cracks and crevices in or around your home. Certain types of hornets will begin building aerial nests inside bushes, trees and shrubs. When we begin to work on getting rid of the nest around your home, we might need to wait until no one else is coming or leaving your home. It might even require more than one visit to make sure all of the hornets are out of the nest. After such time, we can then remove the nest.

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  • Do You Have Carpenter Bees on Your Property?

    27 February 2017
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    There are various types of bees. You might not know how to differentiate one from another. Whenever you have a problem with bees, it is a good idea to at least know which type you are having trouble with. Most people assume that when they have a problem with bees that they are bumblebees.

    Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation

    This isn’t always the case. In many cases the problem that you are experiencing are often due to carpenter bees. This is the bee that is usually mistaken for the bumblebee. Control Exterminating Pest Control exterminators in New York City are capable of evaluating the problem and accurately determining which of type of bee you are experiencing a problem with. We are happy to assist you if you’re located in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn or Manhattan.

    Recognizing Carpenter Bees from a Bumblebees

    The bumblebee and carpenter bee differ in color. The Bumblebee has black and yellow strips and the carpenter bee is black all over without hair. While the female carpenter bee has the ability to sting, the male does not. Bees do not usually attack unless they are provoked. The reality is that they do not pose much of threat to your health.

    Visible Holes in Wood

    Carpenter bees drill holes in wood to build their nests. It is usually only about half-inch. If you are looking around and notice small holes in the wood around your home or property, you might have carpenter bees. If you’re starting to notice a lot of sawdust around, this is another indicator of carpenter bees. If you don’t address the problem, it could become worse. When they continue making holes in the wood, it damages your property.

    You Hear Buzzing Noises

    Buzzing sounds can come from any type of bee. In the case of the carpenter bee, these are the ones that you likely hear inside your home. The bumblebee isn’t usually found indoors. Unlike the bumblebee, the carpenter bee will come indoors during the cooler months and leave once it starts to get warm outside again.
    If you recognize any of these signs, you should seek help right away before the problem becomes any worse.

    “Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation” was written for Control Exterminating Company and edited by Maria Sumoza.

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