Bees and Wasps


Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and bees can be dangerous and their stings painful. Do you have a wasp nest on your property? Or maybe mud wasps? Did you know that wasp venom gets stronger later in the summer or that when a wasp stings it emits a pheromone that encourages the other wasps to do the same? Don’t take chances trying to remove a nest yourself. Call Braman today to learn about our guaranteed elimination program.

According to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, “If a nest absolutely must be removed, you should not try to do it yourself. You may be attacked by the colony’s guard bees, you may discover that you have an allergy, or you may find that your store-bought spray can’t reach inside the nest. Contact a professional pest-control company.”

Our specialists can identify and eliminate all types of stinging insects. There are about 20,000 types of bees in the world, and at least 14 main species in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Different stinging insects call for different elimination techniques. We will map out a plan of action to save you the pain of getting stung and eliminate them– guaranteed. In addition to traditional residual insecticides, we also offer less-toxic methods for bee removal such as eco-exempt insecticides. A pest professional will work with you to explain exactly where and how any chemicals will be applied.

It be noted that although honey bees can inflict a very painful sting, it is the policy of Braman Termite & Pest Elimination to encourage the capture, removal and relocation of this very important crop pollinator rather than killing them. We will help you find a beekeeping should professional in your area to remove honey bees. Neonicotinoid insecticides have been implicated in “colony collapse disorder,” resulting in honey bee population reduction. Braman does not use this type of insecticide for stinging insect elimination.

Braman has been dealing with stinging insects for over 125 years. We have the experience and expertise with bees and wasps to ensure that any bee infestation or hornets’ nest is handled promptly and safely. Our licensed pest professionals have been trained to identify all manner of stinging insects. Call Braman today to speak with one of our pest elimination professionals and get rid of your bee problem.


Nothing can ruin outdoor fun faster than the presence of yellow jackets, hornets and wasps; aggressive insects capable of inflicting painful, repeated stings that may cause severe allergic reactions.

Do not confuse yellow jackets, hornets and wasps with beneficial insects like honeybees and bumblebees, which are important pollinators and contribute to a healthy eco-system. Besides, they are naturally nonaggressive and none of the males can sting. The females may sting if the nest is threatened. Female honeybees can only sting once while female bumblebees are capable of stinging multiple times.

Capable of stinging repeatedly, often aggressive and potentially deadly are the following:

Yellow jackets

This yellow and black wasp is about ½" long. It is often mistaken for a honey bee, but honey bees are covered with brownish hairs. Many picnics have been ruined by these stinging insects, which are a common sight throughout New England and the frequent subject of bee removal requests. Yellow jackets, especially the females, are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is being threatened. Yellow jacket stingers stay attached to their abdomens, making it possible for them to sting repeatedly, inflicting pain and injecting potent venom. Many people have serious allergic reactions to their sting. Yellow jackets typically nest in the ground but also nest in voids of man-made structures.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are similar to yellow jackets in color, but have a slimmer, more elongated body shape. Their legs are long and hang down even during flight. Compared with yellow jackets, paper wasps are fairly unaggressive, but will sting to defend their nests. You will find paper wasp nests in just about any protected location, such as inside mailboxes, cable TV and other utility boxes, under the covers of outdoor grills, in bird houses or feeders and in light fixtures. Their nests are often the size of golf balls and consist of 20 or fewer cells, nests may hang horizontally or vertically.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Sometimes called white-faced hornets, bald-faced hornets are basically robust yellow jackets in black and white. They have heavy bodies and pale, yellow-white marks on the head and at the end of the abdomen. Hornets are actually beneficial, as they capture other insects to feed to their larvae. However, they are much more aggressive in defending their nest than the yellow jacket. The hive is a gray paper-like mass that gradually expands throughout the summer until it is about the size and shape of a football with an opening at the bottom. They are built above ground and can usually be found attached to the branches of a tree or shrub. Active nests may contain anywhere from 100-700 hornets.