One of the most common mistakes people make is that of thinking wasps are bees, hornets, or yellowjackets. Yet they are none of the above, they are a member of the Hymenoptera insect family. Wasps are well-known for the penchant for building their nests in locations where people love to gather. This includes under your home’s eaves and under the deck. They are also well-known for being aggressive in defending their home.
Not All Wasps are the Same
One of the reasons why so many mistake wasps for bees, is that these pesky insects come in all sizes and shapes. Some of them prefer to live alone, while others are like bees in that they prefer to live in large colonies. Some of them live solely on the nectar of flowers, while others prefer to dine on other insects. Unlike bees that can only sting once because they lose their stinger, wasps do not lose their stinger and can sting again and again which is very painful.
How Do You Know You Have a Wasp Infestation?
Depending on the particular species of wasp, they build their nest from mud or chewed wood. But, for the most part, the first sign you have a nest is an increase in the number of wasps around your home. There are a number of areas around your home where wasps might choose to build a nest.
- In the attic under the rafters
- Under the eaves or any other type of overhang
- In sheds, garages, and outbuildings
- In your barbecue grill
- On swing sets and other playground equipment
- Under decks, around pools, pool houses, and patios
Although you should not purposely disturb a wasp nest, when you consider where they like to build them, it can very hard to avoid them. Bear in mind wasps can be extremely dangerous so if you think you have a wasp’s nest on your property, you need to call a professional pest control service.
Wasps will attack any time they think their nest is being threatened and since one wasp can continue to sting over and over, being attacked by a swarm of wasps can lead to serious injury or even death. Their venom can be life-threatening to those who are allergic and very painful to others. The sites of the sting can even become infected, leading to further complications.
Taking Care of that Wasp Nest
While there are a number of wasp sprays on the market that might encourage you to try and control the nest yourself when it comes to wasps this may not be your best idea. The best way to destroy the nest and get rid of the wasps is to contact a professional pest control service that specializes in this type of pest removal. They are equipped with the right tools and safety equipment, along with the necessary training to get the job done once and how to prevent them from coming back into your yard or home.