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Wasp Control & Removal Services

With over 30,000 species worldwide, wasps are incredibly diverse insects. However, the most common U.S. varieties have a few things in common. Bright warning colors, painful stings, and attraction to sweets can all describe the paper wasp, yellow jacket, bald-faced hornet, and European hornet. Nesting underground, in trees, on buildings, and even inside houses, these pests can be both a nuisance and a danger to homeowners.

Appearance

Distinguished from bees by their pointed abdomens and narrow waists, wasps can also come in colors from brown and black to electric yellow, metallic blue, and bright red. Brighter colored wasps, like yellow jackets, are usually more aggressive, while those with muted colors, like mud daubers, rarely sting. Unlike honey bees, most species of wasps have stingers that do not detach after one use, allowing them to attack multiple times when threatened.

Diet

Wasps are omnivores, feeding on spiders, flies, crickets, and other insect pests as well as nectar, fruit, and honeydew. In general, young wasps need more protein to survive than adults, who tend to stick to plant materials. Picnics and outdoor gatherings in late summer and fall may be visited by these scavenging pests, which are also attracted to sugary drinks and human food scraps.

Habitat

The pests’ presence and species can often by identified by their nests. Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets all construct nests by chewing wood into a moldable, papery pulp. However, while hornets and paper wasps build in elevated places, such as tree limbs, attics, or the eaves and roofs of homes, yellow jackets prefer old animal burrows and other underground cavities. Mud daubers get their name from their mud nests, which consist of several, individual tubes.

Entry

Small and highly mobile, the wasp can be difficult to keep away from homes. Since they are able to enter houses through tiny cracks in siding or around vents and windows, the pests frequently nest inside hollow walls, as well as in trees or under yards.

Problems & Damage

Wasps are best known for stinging those who get too close to their nests. This is problematic when hives are built inside homes, around yards, or underfoot in lawns, where avoiding them can be impossible. Stings are typically dangerous only to those with venom allergies, though they can be quite painful. Nests in or on buildings may cause additional problems. A wasp infestation in the wall or attic buzzes loudly and can damage drywall, compromising structural integrity and allowing entry into homes.

Prevention & Exclusion

Since wasps can build nests almost anywhere, preventing their entry into yards and homes can be tricky. To avoid problems with the pests indoors, seal any cracks in building exteriors that might give
them access. If nests do appear on the property, keep children and pets a safe distance away and avoid the area. If simply ignoring wasps is not a long-term possibility, more drastic control measures may be needed.

Trapping & Removal

Due to the health and safety risks involved, homeowners inexperienced with removing nests should not attempt to handle them alone. While effective pesticides are available, using them incorrectly on hives will only provoke the wasp colony inside. It is also not recommended to seal infested building exteriors with the pests still inside, as they may find their way indoors when they create a new exit. The trained wildlife experts at Trutech are best equipped to deal with wasp infestations quickly and safely.