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Bees and Wasps

The Africanized Honey bee has not made its way to Northern Nevada but is found in Southern Nevada. Honey bees are beneficial to our environment as pollinators and should not be exterminated if at all possible. Most times honey bees can be captured and relocated by a professional at no charge to the customer. If you have a problem with bees give us a call and we can identify the problem and help with a resolution. There are several stinging pests found in the Truckee Meadows area including Solitary bees, Ground nesting bees, Cicada Killers, Baldface Hornets, Mud Daubers, and Spider wasps. Below are some of the most common stinging pests we find in Reno.

Common Types of Bees and Wasps


Honey bee – Honey bees get their name from the sweet yellowish brown fluid they make from nectar of flowers that they use as food. They provide honey and wax. They are identified commonly by their yellow to orange body and black bands.

Bees are social insects that live in colonies. Mature colonies can have 20,000 – 80,000 individuals. Colonies have adult workers that are infertile females, a queen, and male drones that come from unfertilized eggs. The queen can lay as many as 1,500 – 2,000 eggs per day and live for as many as 5 years.

Honey bees are non-aggressive and are typically blamed for stings that come from yellow jackets.


Yellow Jacket – Yellow Jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies. Identified by their yellow and black bodies. Adults consist of workers, sterile females, queens, and males that come from unfertilized eggs and usually appear in late summer. They are considered beneficial because their food consists of other insects. Yellow jackets can sting multiple times without losing their stinger. When nests are located near homes, buildings, or parks they become unwanted pests. Overwintering queens can be found indoors seeking warmth or in spring looking for nesting sites.


Paper Wasp – Paper wasps get their name from the paper like material they use to make their umbrella shaped nests. Identified by their yellow and black body with a pinched mid-section. Nests are commonly found under eaves of roofs, less used out buildings, and inside of Jacuzzis. They can sting multiple times without losing their stinger. In late fall inseminated females will search out crevices in flashings, chimneys, door frames, or utility line boxes to overwinter.


If you are having a bee or wasp problem in Reno and the surrounding areas, call us today at 775-332-0604

At Truckee Meadows Pest Control, we will continue to protect the public and do whatever it takes to service our customers.  The pest control industry has always been vital to the health and safety of homes and families.  Pest control is essential if staying inside your home for an extended period of time, such as is being recommended for social distancing in order to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The professional pest control industry, an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests, many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.  Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis.  Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year.  Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions.  The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as essential service cannot be understated.”

The best way to combat the spread of diseases brought by unwanted pests starts with prevention.  Tackling the threat before it overruns your home is the best way to stave off the spread of diseases brought on by pests.  As a premier Pest Control Provider, we here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control understand the importance of keeping a barrier of protection and prevention around your loved ones.  We believe in protecting what matters most by working with homeowners and business owners to tackle the problems most threatening to them.  Its our pleasure to serve our customers and community and help ensure that everyone is living their healthiest lives possible.

Truckee Meadows Pest Control is here for you & your family.

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