Although wasps share similar coloring and habits as friendly neighborhood bumble bees, they aren’t nearly as nice or beneficial. Wasps are some of the most aggressive unwanted house guests — just walking too close to a nest can signal some species to attack. For those allergic, a sting can be fatal. Their damage isn’t just limited to their interactions with people, either. Swarming wasps can do untold amounts of damage to trees and woody shrubs on your property in the process of making their nests.
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Identification of Wasps
Because there are many species of wasp, their appearance can vary greatly. Typically, wasps are classified under two categories based on their social habits: social or swarming and solitary wasps. Solitary wasps such as mud daubers or potter wasps rarely pose a problem to people and are usually found making nests closer to the ground out of mud and plant matter. Although they sting when threatened, solitary wasps are more of an annoyance than a problem.
Social wasps, on the other hand, are found in group nests constructed on trees or around homes, using tree bark, paper or other pulpy substances. They vary in size from almost too small to see to several inches in length. Nearly all wasps are smooth and hairless and possess a pinched waist and two pairs of wings. Wasps are generally black and yellow striped or spotted — though some may be red or black. These wasps feel threatened by the mere presence of people and when provoked, will attack in swarms.
Wasps in Your Home
Cracks, crevices and open windows or doors are a giant welcome sign for wasps to enter your home. Social wasps love to build nests along the eaves of roofs, in gutters and under soffits but will gladly take up residence in your home if they can easily get in and out — the protection from the elements afforded by your home is just too good to pass up.
Sealing up any openings in your home and maintaining a high level of sanitation for food waste – such as trash cans with locking lids and covered recycling bins – goes a long way in preventing wasps from entering your home. Even with the utmost care, however, wasps can still make their way into your home and onto your property and an outdoor infestation is just as problematic as an indoor one due to the aggressive nature of social wasps.
Dealing with a Wasp Problem
Avoiding known nests is imperative to keeping yourself safe, as is taking action at the first sign of a wasp problem. Because social wasps swarm and are aggressive, the control of an infestation should be handled by a pest control expert. Homeowners are not advised to try to remove or control an infestation on their own — improper use of pest control methods or chemicals could result in injuries and a very agitated swarm of wasps. Critter Control technicians are knowledgeable and experienced and can help you handle your wasp problem safely, effectively and efficiently.