Over 30,000 species of wasps have been identified in the world. If you have ever had the unpleasant experience of being stung by one, you will agree one is too many. Wasps are also extremely beneficial eating flies and other insects around our homes.
The only wasps that can survive winter are the young fertilized queens. They emerge in spring to build new nests. Once the nest is complete, they lay a few eggs that’ll hatch into larvae, which the queen feeds until they become workers. The primary role of workers is to forage for food, defend the nest, and feed the new larvae.
Wasps are dreadful creatures that can invade your property during the warm summer seasons. Their persistence is not just irritating, but it can ruin your back yard fun.
To protect friends and family from the dangers of wasps, you should contact a pest exterminator. With effective pest control services, an exterminator can spot and get rid of the wasp problems in your property. Have you seen more than a few wasps recently? Here’s when to call an exterminator for wasp control.
Signs of Flying Insects
If you notice flying insects or signs of flying insects around your home, the chances are that you may have seen wasps. In most cases, wasps will swarm around a single area or nest. You can identify wasps by their long wings and a slender abdomen. If you notice any signs of wasps, it is important to address the infestation as quickly as possible before it gets out of hand.
Some wasp species build their nest by chewing the wood from trees. You can even spot tunnels or holes appearing on wood surfaces on the exterior of your home. Chewed timber can also be a sign of termites or ants. A licensed pest exterminator can perform a thorough pest inspection to determine the cause of the wood damage.
Visible Wasp Nests
One of the sure ways to know if there is a wasp problem is the sudden appearance of a wasp nest or nests around your home. Depending on the type of wasp, they can make nests out of mud particles or chewed wood. Wasps will defend their nesting area, somtimes quite aggressively. Typically wasps are less active during the early morning and late evening hours.
Overview of Types of Wasps:
These wasps build unique nests out of mud tubes. Before they start to nest, the females find a protected shady site with a good supply of mud. That’s why it’s common to find such nest in sheds and garages, stone or timber around homes, and in existing cracks or crevices.
They then visit different sites to collect mud, which means that they can have different colors depending on the type of soil. The daubers use their jaws (mandibles) to collect soft mud which they carry when flying.
A single tube can have different sealed chambers containing mud dauber larvae with each requiring 30 to 40 loads of mud. The most common type of mud dauber is the organ pipe mud dauber. This is because their nests are attached and look like parallel pipes of an organ.
These wasps grow up to ¾” or 1” long. They’re brownish-black to yellow with red marking along the abdomen and head. Just like most wasps, they won’t sting unless you threaten their colony.
Paper wasps make an umbrella-shaped honeycomb nest in the early spring in attics, chimneys, and ledges of a house. They construct their nest using paper-like material, which is a mixture of saliva secretions of the wasp and finely chewed wood fragments.
In the Fall, the male wasps die but not before impregnating the queens. The queens will then look for protected areas like insulated wall cavities where they hide until the next breeding season.
These wasps grow to about 3/8” to 5/8,” and you’ll notice them by the yellow and black patterns that appear striped along their body. Yellow jackets are very common in the Southeastern United States. They build a papery nest inside structures, especially in cavities such as abandoned burrows in the ground. When disturbed, the yellow jackets can be very aggressive and may sting in large numbers. This is mainly in the summer months.
Bald Faced Hornets
Bald-faced hornets do not recycle their nests. This means that if you don’t exterminate them the first year, they’ll look for a different place to build their nest. Their nests are grey and feature many compartments. The outside is made out of papery material.
You can spot the nest near the ground, or high in trees, utility posts, sheds, overhangs, vines, and shrubs. European hornets build their nest in cavities within the building or cavities like tree stumps. The nests have a diameter of 14 inches and can be as long as 24 inches.
Time to Call An Exterminator for Wasps or Other Stinging Pests?
If you are dealing with a wasp infestation around your home, an extermination program is essential to quickly address the problem. There are a variety of effective insecticides, traps, and repellants. A list of these products is available by clicking on the link below:
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