Effective Wasp Treatments
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Wasps are beneficial insects, but when wasp nests are located near homes, control is warranted. These flying insects respond aggressively when they feel threatened, and the painful stings can be dangerous to both people and pets. EarthRite can handle all your wasp control needs!
How to Identify Wasps
There are several types of wasps that can be seen in yards, and they are easily confused with bees. Wasps can be identified by their slim waists and smooth, nearly hairless bodies. Bees tend to be hairy and don’t have defined waists. Some of the common wasps you could encounter include:
- Paper wasps: Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like nests they build. These distinctive nests are never enclosed, so the combs are visible. The wasps are brown with yellow markings.
- Yellow jackets: These well-known pests are between 3/8 and 5/8 inches long and have a black and yellow pattern. They may build their basketball-sized paper nests above ground, such as on houses or sheds. They may also build nests near the ground, like on logs or timber.
- Bald faced hornets: Despite their name, bald faced hornets are actually wasps, not true hornets. Their bodies are mostly black, and their faces are white. Their beach ball sized paper nests can be seen hanging from trees, over hands, and utility poles.
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If you find nests in high-traffic areas, the wasps can’t be ignored. However, wasp control can be very dangerous, so it shouldn’t be a DIY project.
Treatment for these stinging pests should be performed at night, when many of the insects have returned to the nest. When the nest is sprayed with insecticides, the wasps may react aggressively, and sting multiple times. Pest control professionals use wasp suits to protect themselves from angry wasps.
Wasps such as paper wasps, yellow jackets, and bald faced hornets can be dangerous, especially if they build their nests too close to your home. For help controlling these stinging insects, call EarthRite- the Ohio Pest Control Experts!
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Avoiding Wasp Problems
Wasps sting when they feel threatened. If you find nests in out-of-the-way parts of your yard, or high in a tree, avoidance may be the best strategy. When cooler weather arrives in the fall, the wasps will die off, and the paper nests will disintegrate.
Wasps don’t need to nest in your yard to cause problems. Foraging yellow jackets may fly into your yard in their search for food. They’re attracted to sweet foods and drinks, like soda and fruit. To avoid attracting yellow jackets, keep food and drinks covered during picnics and barbecues. Remove trash promptly, and use garbage cans with tight lids.