Tahoma Pest Management 2201 S. Tacoma Way #104 Tacoma, Wa. 98409-7518 (253) 878 7150
The friendly Honey Bee is generally not a pest; however, they can cause issues for which you many need help. During the spring, at times as early as February, and all the way into summer in the Puget Sound region, the bees are in “swarm season.” On nice days, especially after a rainstorm, you may find groups of Honey bees hanging out in a tree or maybe the side of your roof. Don’t panic, this is normal behaviour for bees. Tahoma Pest Management is your solution! Our partner organization Craig Family Honey Farms, donate now  more Info will take care of removing the swarm, often at little or no cost to you! If you have an established colony of bees in your home we can take care of that as well. Please avoid harming Honey Bees, and enjoy having them around.
These ferocious hunters are not hornets, in fact, they are Wasps, It probably won’t matter to you what they are though if you’ve run over one of their ground nests with your lawn mower or when they’ve started building one of their trademark basketball-sized nests on the side of your house. These nasty fighters have barbless stingers and are capable of repeat stinging. Sadly, for our friendlier Honeybees, they have gotten a bad rap because many people believe they have been stung by a Honeybee when, in fact, Yellow Jacket Wasps were the likely culprits. Late into summer and fall, Yellow Jackets can become particularly aggressive. Most consumer brand pesticide products are ineffective at eliminating these pests, mostly because of their enclosed hive structure. This paper-like layered enclosure is impossible to penetrate without disturbing the inhabitants, and you will probably get stung in the process…a lot. Fortunately, Tahoma Pest Management has the tools and talent to keep these Yellow Jacket Wasps away.
Paper Wasps are generally passive and will sting only if provoked. However, they can be just as unfriendly as the related Yellow Jacket. The nests of Paper Wasps are interesting to watch…if you dare go close enough. Unlike Yellow Jackets, the Paper Wasp builds an open style hive. This means that you can see most of the goings-on inside. Chances are they’ve made a home within the eves or overhangs of your house or maybe even the attic. If Paper Wasps are causing you trouble, make sure to give Tahoma Pest Management a call and do not try to take care of the issue yourself. Paper Wasps can be very good predators of other pest insects, but they can also become good predators of you if they are disturbed.
Bald-Faced Hornets can be some of the most aggressive stinging insects in the Puget Sound region. These hornets are known to have guards that patrol the exterior of the hive and they will quickly warn others when threats approach. These mean meat-eating bugs are best left to the professionals to take care of.
Mason Bees are native to North America, and often go un- noticed by people. In the early Spring, before many other species of bee have started coming out, the Mason Bee is already at work. In our region these harmless little bees are exceptional pollinators of cherry, apple, and other early blooming fruit trees. Although capable of stinging, you would be hard pressed to ever find one of these stinging someone. Despite their docile nature they can cause alarm for some, especially if you notice them going into holes in your house’s siding. Unlike Honey Bees who have large colonies, Mason Bees are solitary dwellers. They make their home in little openings about 6mm in diameter and 6” deep. They will select natural openings that they find, and do not create openings themselves. However, if you want to help them, Mason Bee houses are very easy to make and directions are plentiful online. If you can, leave these bees alone and enjoy having them around.
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Tahoma Pest Management 2201 S. Tacoma Way #104 Tacoma, Wa. 98409-7518 (253) 878 7150
Stinging Insects
The friendly Honey Bee is generally not a pest; however, they can cause issues for which you many need help. During the spring, at times as early as February, and all the way into summer in the Puget Sound region, the bees are in “swarm season.” On nice days, especially after a rainstorm, you may find groups of Honey bees hanging out in a tree or maybe the side of your roof. Don’t panic, this is normal behaviour for bees. Tahoma Pest Management is your solution! Our partner organization Craig Family Honey Farms, will take care of removing the swarm, often at little or no cost to you! If you have an established colony of bees in your home we can take care of that as well. Please avoid harming Honey Bees, and enjoy having them around.
These ferocious hunters are not hornets, in fact, they are Wasps, It probably won’t matter to you what they are though if you’ve run over one of their ground nests with your lawn mower or when they’ve started building one of their trademark basketball-sized nests on the side of your house. These nasty fighters have barbless stingers and are capable of repeat stinging. Sadly, for our friendlier Honeybees, they have gotten a bad rap because many people believe they have been stung by a Honeybee when, in fact, Yellow Jacket Wasps were the likely culprits. Late into summer and fall, Yellow Jackets can become particularly aggressive. Most consumer brand pesticide products are ineffective at eliminating these pests, mostly because of their enclosed hive structure. This paper-like layered enclosure is impossible to penetrate without disturbing the inhabitants, and you will probably get stung in the process…a lot. Fortunately, Tahoma Pest Management has the tools and talent to keep these Yellow Jacket Wasps away.
Paper Wasps are generally passive and will sting only if provoked. However, they can be just as unfriendly as the related Yellow Jacket. The nests of Paper Wasps are interesting to watch…if you dare go close enough. Unlike Yellow Jackets, the Paper Wasp builds an open style hive. This means that you can see most of the goings-on inside. Chances are they’ve made a home within the eves or overhangs of your house or maybe even the attic. If Paper Wasps are causing you trouble, make sure to give Tahoma Pest Management a call and do not try to take care of the issue yourself. Paper Wasps can be very good predators of other pest insects, but they can also become good predators of you if they are disturbed.
Bald-Faced Hornets can be some of the most aggressive stinging insects in the Puget Sound region. These hornets are known to have guards that patrol the exterior of the hive and they will quickly warn others when threats approach. These mean meat-eating bugs are best left to the professionals to take care of.
Mason Bees are native to North America, and often go un-noticed by people. In the early Spring, before many other species of bee have started coming out, the Mason Bee is already at work. In our region these harmless little bees are exceptional pollinators of cherry, apple, and other early blooming fruit trees. Although capable of stinging you would be hard pressed to ever find one of these stinging someone. Despite their docile nature they can cause alarm for some, especially if you notice them going into holes in your house’s siding. Unlike Honey Bees who have large colonies, Mason Bees are solitary dwellers. They make their home in little openings about 6mm in diameter and 6” deep. They will select natural openings that they find, and do not create openings themselves. However, if you want to help them, Mason Bee houses are very easy to make and directions are plentiful online. If you can, leave these bees alone and enjoy having them around.
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Yellow Jacket Wasp
Paper Wasp
Bald-Faced Hornet
Blue Orchard Mason Bee
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