Wasp Identification and Control

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Let’s be honest: being stung by a bee or wasp is the worst! But now imagine you are severely allergic to these common insects; suddenly being stung can be a life or death event. Either way, we should all be thinking of ways we can reduce the risk of being stung, without hurting the local vespiform population of course. Two of the best ways you can do this is firstly by being clued up on the different types of bees, wasps, and hornets, and secondly, to learn how to rid them from your home or property. 

Wasps and Hornets
Vespid wasps are the most dangerous species of stinging insect. When confronted with a wasp it is important to remember that unlike bees, whose sting detaches on impact, wasps can sting time and time again, making them more dangerous. 

  • Paper Wasps: The defining feature of these wasps are their long legs.
  • Yellowjackets: Yellowjackets have shorter legs than paper wasps and have black antennae.
  • Hornets: The largest kind of wasp, with two key types: Bald-faced hornets, which have white markings on both head and thorax (body), and European hornets, which are brown with orange markings.

Their Nests

  • Paper Wasps: Paper wasps will build nests that resemble an upside down umbrella and can get quite large, particularly late in the season. Adult paper wasps will sting if they sense danger.
  • Yellowjackets: These build nests within wall cavities or in the ground that are surrounded by a paper-like covering. If the nest is disturbed yellowjackets will become very aggressive and can attack in a swarm.
  • Hornets: The bald-faced hornet will build a nest that has a paper-like shell, while European hornets like to build their nests in cavities such as tree stumps or spaces within buildings like walls and crawl spaces. 

Wasp and Hornet Control
To rid your property or land from wasps or hornets, you need to eliminate their nest, which can be located by following the return flightpath of the insects. Look in cavities such as under roof eaves and in sheds. Nest removal is a delicate process, and you need special tools to ensure your safety, so you’re better off calling a professional exterminator. 

Wasp Control
Wasps are best removed by pest control professionals, in order to reduce the risk to you and your family and to ensure they are fully removed. If you have been noticing a rise in the number of wasps on your property, call pest control today to help protect your family from the dangers they pose.

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