Wasps. They’re an incredibly pesky stinging pest. And sometimes dangerous, too. Not just for their aggressive nature and for their painful sting, but also for the serious allergic reaction that some can have to them. And, even if you or a loved one doesn’t have an allergy to stinging insects like wasps, these pests have a tendency to make an appearance when it’s least convenient. Maybe you’re hosting some friends and family members for an outside barbecue. Or maybe you’re just trying to enjoy a quiet evening on your back porch. Whatever the case may be, wasps can pose a real annoyance.
I have wasps. Why can’t I find a nest?
So how do you get rid of them, especially when you can’t seem to find their nests? Well, first, it might be helpful to understand what type of wasp you’re dealing with. That’s right. Type of wasp. You see, there are some 4,000 species of wasps in North America. We tend to use the word “wasp” as a catchall for various species.
The most common (and typically least aggressive) type of wasp is more specifically known as the “paper wasp,” getting its name from the way in which it constructs its nest — a process that combines their saliva with dead wood fibers and other plant matter in order to create a paper-like building material. These nests, as it is with their cousin, the hornet, can often be found in the eaves of homes and buildings, or on the underside of covered porches and decking, and even attached to vertical piping.
Their tendency isn’t to be aggressive unless they believe that their nest and their queen is being threatened. If you’re dealing with a flying wasp who is outwardly aggressive and you’re having trouble locating their nest, then odds are that you’re not dealing with a paper wasp or a hornet, but you’re dealing with a yellow jacket infestation — and you should definitely call on professional assistance.
What are yellow jackets and how can I get rid of them?
Yellow jackets are approximately one-inch in length, have long, stretched-out, smooth bodies, and possess characteristic black and yellow markings on their heads and thoraxes, with alternating stripes of the same colors found on their abdomens.
Their colonies consist of three specific types of yellow jackets: the queen, workers, and drones. Queens are solely responsible for laying eggs to grow the colony. Workers, all female, are responsible for a variety of tasks, including nest building, maintenance, and protection, as well as the gathering of food. They represent the largest part of the colony. Drone are all male and are typically few in number. Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen so that she may lay more eggs. They die off soon after fulfilling their responsibilities.
Though they do eat smaller insects, larvae, and enjoy sugary substances like nectar and tree sap just as paper wasps and hornets do, yellow jackets are unique in that their own larvae enjoy meat protein. This is why you’ll often see yellow jackets swarming around sugary drinks, fruit, and meat when at an outdoor get together serving food.
Are yellow jackets dangerous?
Yellow jackets are also unusual for where they build their nests. The yellow jacket prefers its nest to be very hidden from potential predators or disturbances, and will establish their colony deep in shrubs or bushes, in abandoned animal dens, or in hollow logs.
Because of how cautious they are, it should also be noted that they are extremely aggressive. It is not uncommon for yellow jackets to sting even when unprovoked. What’s more, these creatures are capable of stinging multiple times. Anyone exposed to aggressive yellow jackets should be extremely careful and remove themselves from the area as soon as possible and watch for signs of allergic reactions, ensuring that medical attention is sought if necessary.
How do I exterminate yellow jackets?
The team at Effective Pest Services strongly recommends that you seek professional assistance with the removal of yellow jackets and other stinging insects. Due to their high levels of aggression and sheer numbers — potentially thousands of yellow jackets can live within a single nest — you and your loved ones could be seriously harmed.
Trust professionals who have the training, experience, and equipment to give you the peace of mind you deserve. We’ll not only treat the yellow jacket infestation you have, we’ll also remove the nest as well as treat the pests that are attracting the yellow jackets to your property in the first place.
Remove their food. Remove their shelter. And you’ll remove the yellow jackets.
Call Effective Pest Services today for your free quote!