Wasps are disliked by many due to their ability to sting. They scare our kids, make their nests in and around our homes, and pose a health threat to those who are allergic to their stings. Wasps tend to become a problem in late summer and autumn when they disrupt many of our outdoor activities. We begin finding their nests in many places often needing treatment to eliminate them.
Wasps and Bees have many similarities but are also very different. While wasps and bees both live in social colonies ruled by queens and maintained by workers, they look and behave differently.
Yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps found in our area. Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and they appear smoothed-skinned and shiny.
Social wasp colonies are started from scratch each spring by a queen who was fertilized the previous year and survived the winter by hibernating in a warm place. When she emerges, she builds a small nest that over summer becomes a large colony of wasps. In winter the colony is killed off and only the new fertilized queens survive by hibernating only to restart the process again the following spring.
Wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with saliva. Yellowjacket and baldfaced hornet nests consist of a series of rounded combs stacked in tiers and covered by an envelope consisting of several layers of pulp. Paper wasps construct only one comb without any protective envelope. Wasp nests are commonly built in trees, shrubs, under eaves, inside attics and wall voids, eaves of buildings, beams and supports in attics, garages, barns, and also below ground in old rodent burrows or other cavities.
Wasps prey on many insects, including caterpillars, flies, crickets, and other pests. During late summer and fall, wasps change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food causing many of us to become fearful of them.
If you find a wasp nest in or around your home, Werner Pest & Odor Control offers treatment and removal of these nests to eliminate them from your home. Often times one simple treatment can eliminate the problem.
Werner Pest & Odor Control also offers a protection service that can prevent nests from becoming big and preventing future nests from being built.