Stinging Wasp Control

Image of paper wasp nest

Wasps close to the house can sabotage outdoor activities, and wasp removal should be performed before the hive can grow. Wasps are rarely aggressive, but if threatened or disturbed, they can become aggressive. Their stings are painful, but they are usually not dangerous to those who aren’t allergic to the wasp’s venom.

Wasps like to build their nests in the eaves, soffits, and gutters of houses. They are drawn to yards by flowers and plant life, as well as patios and other outdoor eating places with crumbs or sticky soda spills that have not been cleaned up. Garbage cans that are not adequately covered and emptied regularly attract wasps looking for food. Both developing and older wasps have plenty of prey on properties with a lot of insects and spiders.

Wasp Species

Image of paper wasp nest from woodThere are two types of wasps: social wasps and solitary wasps. Yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are examples of social wasps that live in groups, protect their nests, and care for their young. Solitary wasps (such as mud daubers, cicada killers, spider wasps, and potter wasps) build their own nests, are non-aggressive until provoked, and sting to paralyze their victims (as well as defend their nests).

Paper wasps have a slender, spindle-shaped abdomen and are typically .5-1.5 inches long. They have long legs and come in various colors (yellow, brown, black, and red). Paper wasps eat a variety of garden pests. They do, however, sting to defend their nest.

Yellowjackets are substantially smaller .4-.7 inches in length) and stockier than paper wasps. On the abdomen, they have black and yellow-banded markings. Yellowjackets are more aggressive than paper wasps and appoint individuals of their colony to protect the nest. Colony guards are easily startled by even the tiniest disturbance and may actively protect the nest, possibly enlisting the help of other colony members.

Bald-faced hornets are also smaller than paper wasps (.75-1.2 cm). They are black with white/ivory markings on their face, thorax, abdomen tip, and stockier than yellowjackets. Bald-faced hornets guard their nest vigorously and assign guards to the colony.

Behavior Of Wasps

Wasps can be classified into two types based on their habits. The two classifications include Social wasps, which live in large colonies, and solitary wasps that live independently.

The vast majority of the tens of thousands of species of wasps that have been identified live alone. The family Vespidae (superfamily Vespoidea) contains over 1,000 social wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets (yellowjackets). They have their wings folded lengthwise at rest, which sets them apart from other wasp families.

Paper Wasp Behavior

Paper wasps construct their nests with wood that they have chewed into a pulp. When this pulp dries, it becomes a rugged, lightweight substance that resembles paper. In the beginning, paper wasp nests resemble an umbrella, but as they progress, they take on the shape of a football.

The lone wasp that survives the winter is the paper wasp queen. She builds her nest by gluing a thick paper thread to an overhanging structure and then filling it with hollow cells. When the queen’s first generation of young has reached adulthood, they take over the construction and maintenance of the nest and feed and care for fresh, growing wasps.

Yellowjacket Behavior

Yellowjackets are classified as aerial nesters or underground nesters, depending on how they lay their eggs. Aerial nesters create nests in trees and shrubs, while underground nesters build nests underground, as their names suggest.

Yellowjackets are one of North America’s most aggressive wasp species. Yellowjackets are notorious for being aggressive, and they will attack anyone or anything that they see as a threat to their nest. 1

Bald-Faced Hornet Behavior

Bald-faced Hornets build enormous, spherical “paper” nests during the spring to rear their young. The nests can be found in various places, including shrubs, bushes, trees, house overhangs, sheds, and even utility poles.

A queen builds a “starter” nest by chewing up old or rotting wood and mixing it with her saliva to form a paper-like substance. As she continues to lay eggs, her first brood fills out the rest of the nest. A nest can grow up to 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide by the time it’s finished. The size of many nests will be comparable to that of a football or basketball. Colonies typically have a population of 100 to 700 people.

Habitat Of Wasps

Picture of wasps eating away woodWasps, yellow jackets, and hornets live in meadows, orchards, forests, playgrounds, cemeteries, and urban and suburban areas all over North America. Wasps all make nests, though their preferences for nesting differ.

A wasp habitat is a paper-like nest formed from chewed wood fibers. A nest erected below the ground surface is referred to as a yellow jacket habitat. The habitat of a hornet, like that of a wasp, is above ground. Wasps and hornets create big nests in trees and man-made structures like decks, porch overhangs, attics, and even house walls.

Wasp Diet

The nutrition of wasps differs depending on the species. Wasps usually feed their larvae bits of insects that they have killed and cut up, but the adults eat sugars from nectar, aphid honeydew, or a sugary liquid that their larvae produce. The majority of wasp species are parasitic insects, meaning they deposit their eggs within other insects and rarely harm humans. The social wasps who come looking for human food are the ones you see the most.

Wasps are important to ecosystems because they regulate bug populations, yet people fear them due to their strong sting. When homeowners notice wasps in their yard or observe a wasp nest, they are concerned about wasp control. Knowing what wasps like to eat can help you avoid being stung by them in the first place.

Predators Of Wasps

  • Bullfrogs
  • Birds
  • Lizards
  • Red Footed Cannibalfly
  • Hedgehogs
  • Spiders Bats
  • Badgers

Dangers Of Wasp Stings

Photo of wasp pollinating flowerWaps sting should be handled with care. If the person stung is allergic or signs an allergic reaction, seek professional medical help right away. As a guideline, follow these steps if you are stung by a wasp:

  • Keep an eye out for signs of an allergic response such as swellings, itchings, or tightening of airways.
  • Clean the sting area with clean water and soap.
  • Using gauze dabbed over the region, or a fingernail over the stung area, remove the stinger. Never use tweezers or squeeze the stinger.
  • To minimize swelling, apply ice.
  • Avoid scratching because it will worsen the swelling, irritation, and infection risk. 1

Wasp Property Damage

Wasps damage is usually minor, but it should not be overlooked. If left unchecked, these paper-like nests will absorb water and eventually cause wood damage. Most dwellings may be cleaned off with little effort after removing these nests (after the colony has been exterminated).

Wasps within a house usually indicate that your home has been previously damaged. Wasps usually enter through damaged wood or home building materials that are not sealed, providing them enough space to get in. Once they’ve gained entry to the house, if they’re close enough to a reliable food source and feel safe, they’ll begin expanding their colony, which may be a real pain to get rid of.

Wasps may not be accountable for ruining your home’s structure, but they can certainly be held responsible for causing damage to your home’s atmosphere. Nothing is more inconvenient than trying to entertain family and friends in an outdoor environment while dealing with a wasp infestation. Who can concentrate on having fun when they’re afraid of being stung?

Wasp Nest Removal & Damage Repair

Wasps typically nest in locations that are hard to reach (for colony protection.) If a wasp nest is three stories high and requires the use of a ladder to remove, you should contact a professional bee removal company. Without the proper safety equipment, an inexperienced homeowner can walk away with hundreds of wasp stings. Rely on the wasp removal experts to safely eliminate any stinging insects on your property.

Typically, the wasp control process necessitates access to the chimney, soffit, eave, gables, roofs, and other possible infestation areas discovered during the property’s initial examination. Wasp exterminators are equipped with specialist equipment designed specifically for the removal of wasps and bees. Following the investigation, all areas with wasp activity will be chemically treated, and nesting materials will be removed.

Have you noticed a large number of wasps on your property? Contact the Honey Bee Rescuers to find out where these flying pests are nesting. Our pre-qualified wasp control technicians will have the wasp infestation eliminated as soon as possible (typically the same day). Contact us today to learn more about local wasp removal services.

 

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