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Bee, Wasp, & Hornet Control & Removal

Are there bees or other stinging insects around your home, wasp nests hanging under your eaves, or yellow jackets nesting underground in your front yard? Do you see wasps nesting inside metal fences or under patio umbrellas? If so, we can help. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and methods to remove bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets from your home safely and effectively. Give us a call at 1-847-870-7175 today.

Identifying Bees, Wasps, & Hornets


Although related to each other, bees and wasps are easy to distinguish from one another. Most wasps have a narrow middle section that tapers as the front section of the abdomen narrows to meet the middle section or thorax. Bees, on the other hand, do not have this narrow section. Hornets are a type of wasp and are one of the most aggressive stinging insects.

Both bees and wasps are highly beneficial to the environment. In addition to producing millions of pounds of honey each year, honey bees also act as pollinators for other plants, many of which are used as food in the United States. In fact, honey bees pollinate nearly half the fruit and vegetable crops in the United States. Wasps, while not pollinators, contribute by killing and eating millions of pest insects that would otherwise harm crops.

Some bee and wasp species are solitary in nature while others are social. Solitary bees and wasps present little danger to humans, but social species can pose a much greater danger and should be handled by professionals.

Habitat of Bees, Wasps, & Hornets

Bees and wasps are common throughout the United States, including Northern Illinois. Bee and wasp nesting locations vary depending on species and available resources. Many will nest in hollowed out tree cavities, holes in the ground, under overhanging eaves of houses, or under patio umbrellas. Wasps, in particular, prefer to build nests in sunny spots in and around homes.

For 40 years, ABC Wildlife has helped homeowners and commercial clients with bee, wasp, and hornet problems across Chicagoland and Northern Illinois.

Damage Caused by Bees, Wasps, & Hornets

Bees and wasps can damage homes by nesting inside walls and attics. Carpenter bees are of particular concern. Similar to carpenter ants and termites, carpenter bees burrow into wood to create tunnels where they nest, compromising the strength of the wood.  Yellow jackets and honey bees can also cause thousands of dollars in structural damage by building their homes inside of walls.  They can also make their way inside through small gaps in your home, increasing the chances of being stung.

Health Concerns Related to Bees, Wasps & Hornets

The greatest health concern related to bees and wasps is their sting. Bee and wasp stings cause between 50 and 100 deaths each year. Approximately 1% of the population is allergic to bee and wasp venom. Species of bees and wasps that are social are far more likely to be aggressive in defending their territory. Yellow jackets and bald faced hornets present the greatest risk of being stung.

Yellow jackets are a cavity-nesting species that often create nests in homes between drywall and the exterior walls of a home.  They use the organic material in the drywall to create their nests, frequently breaking through the wall and coming into the home.  If you think you may be dealing with a yellow jacket problem and see a wet spot on your wall, DO NOT touch it.

Bald faced hornets build white nests that look like paper mache balls with a hole in the bottom.  They prefer high tree branches and are very aggressive in defending their territory.  If you think you have either of these two very dangerous species on your property, call the professionals at ABC humane Wildlife to eliminate the problem.

Guaranteed Stinging Insect Prevention Service

If you have bees, wasps, or hornets on your property, call ABC Humane Wildlife today.  We pioneered our proprietary preventative maintenance treatments over 20 years ago and still proudly serve our very first customer today.  Our preventative maintenance service guarantees that you will not have any bees, wasps, or hornets nesting on your home.  We treat the areas scientifically proven to be most vulnerable to bee, wasp, and hornet nesting.  We offer both individual treatments and an annual protection plan (applied in 3 treatments).  With our preventative maintenance plan comes the ABC Wildlife guarantee. If you are on our plan and have a nest begin to form on your house, we will treat that nest at no additional cost.  If you want to make sure that your family is bee, wasp, and hornet free contact ABC humane Wildlife today for your free preventative maintenance quote.

Contact an Expert to Remove Bee, Wasp, or Hornet Nests

You should contact a professional experienced in removal of stinging insects as soon as you identify a potential problem in or around your home. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 40 years of experience in bee removal, prevention, and repair.

We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your problem no matter how simple or complex. Every one of our courteous, professional staff members is trained in stinging insect removal, trapping, and control techniques as well as how to identify species and prevent future damage to your home.

ABC Wildlife Bee, Wasp, & Hornet Control & Removal Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years, we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers, and municipal customers dealing with bee, hornet & wasps. Below are some of the areas where we have helped customers deal with wasp and bee removal in both homes and businesses. This list is not exhaustive. If you are located anywhere in Northern Illinois, please contact us today at 1-847-870-7175 and our expert animal control specialists will be happy to help.

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
Martha Buchan – Lincolnshire, IL

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