Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mosquitoes

**Mug-A-Bug Pest Control currently provides only governmental and large scale commercial mosquito control.  Residential mosquito control is not available at this time as a majority of water breeding locations are not located on a single private residence. **

Approximately 40 species of mosquitoes are found in Colorado; however, roughly 3,500 species are known to exist worldwide.  […]

Velvet Ants

More than 55 species of velvet ants inhabit Colorado and at least one or another of the velvet ants can be found in most areas of the state with the exclusion of higher elevations.  Lower elevations of open fields of prairie short grass in both eastern and western Colorado are common habitats in which to […]

Golden Digger Wasp

The golden digger wasp is a solitary wasp common in many areas of North America as well as south into Mexico, Central America, South America and other areas of the Caribbean.  Size ranges from over ½ inch to up to 2 inches in some reported sightings.  Golden digger wasps have large amber colored wings that […]

Mud Daubers

Solitary wasps whose common name comes from the mud nests they construct out of mud.  Mud daubers have slender, threadlike waists.  Typically ½ to 1 inch in length, these wasps are typically very placid unless handled roughly.  Nests are often located in barns, garages and under the eaves of houses in urban setting where as […]

Bumble Bees

Adult bumble bees are large at roughly ¾ inch in length.  They have black with yellow or orange colored hair patterns on their abdomen giving them a very fuzzy appearance.  Both queens and workers have pollen baskets on their hind legs that are utilized in carrying pollen back to the nest.  Females are capable of […]

Baldfaced Hornets

Found across a majority of the United States and Canada, baldfaced hornets are not a ‘true’ hornet, they are an aerial yellowjacket.  The only ‘true’ hornet in North America is the European hornet, which is an accidentally introduced species.  The baldfaced hornet’s name comes from the white to ivory colored markings on its face.  Ivory […]

European Paper Wasps

There are 4 species of paper wasps that inhabit Colorado.  As recently as the turn of the millennium, European paper wasps have taken up residence in Colorado and are frequently found within cities and around residences in the eastern and western portions of the state.  They are less common in areas of higher elevation, but […]

Western Yellowjackets

Western yellowjackets are a ground or cavity nesting species common in Colorado.  A medium sized wasp, western yellowjackets are black with uneven bright yellow bands.  They have a narrowed, waist-like appearance where the thorax and abdomen meet.  Mated queens overwinter reemerging in the late winter to early spring to begin feeding and building a new […]

“Bee”ing Bee Friendly

It is not uncommon for clients to ask for referrals to beekeepers for swarms and/or colonies of honeybees that have taken up residence.  We are happy to provide referrals in these cases as we understand the concern that is circulating concerning the declining number of honeybees.  We also receive calls each year from beekeepers offering […]

Honey Bee Swarm – Dos and Don’ts

Swarming is a honey bee colony’s method of reproduction.  Most commonly occurring in spring, the old queen and approximately half of her workers leave the current nest and fly off in search of a new home in which to build a nest.  Scouts fly around the general vicinity of the old nest in their search […]