Wasps are some of the most troublesome pests around – especially when they are in or near our homes. Unlike some species of bees, they don’t just sting once. A single wasp can sting multiple times in rapid succession. Wasps also tend to live closer to us, with some types of wasps such as yellow jackets even building nests inside our walls!
As we approach late summer, especially in the hot and dry Texas weather, wasps are becoming more and more aggressive. Usually, throughout the year, wasp encounters occur when we disturb their nests – not that this is uncommon since most species build nests in trees, beams, or other places near humans. In the late summer, however, the queen wasp lays her last eggs, and the hive spends less time defending their home. This means they're out and about, roaming for food, and more likely to sting a human that gets in their way.
Identifying a Wasp
Wasps are easily confused with other pests, such as flying ants or bees, but don’t be fooled. A bee is a fuzzy-looking, round insect. Most bees are usually not exceptionally aggressive. Wasps, on the other hand, are long and dull in color, depending on the species. They are also relatively hairless.
Yellow jackets are most commonly confused with bees, as their bodies are also yellow and black. Wasps can be easily distinguished, however, by their oblong faces and massive eyes. Their wings are also more angular than bees.
If you have a wasp infestation, you may notice their nests first. Most wasps live in nests that resemble recycled paper cartons that are layered like envelopes. Some wasps’ nests can be likened to a layered papier mâché, usually a dull brown or grey.
What to Do About Wasps
Dealing with wasps poses a conundrum. They are very quick to anger, particularly when their nests are disturbed, and can be quite aggressive. However, most species of wasps are considered beneficial insects because they eat other pests. At the same time, however, if a wasp builds their nest directly next to your doorway – not an uncommon situation – this is likely a problem that can’t be ignored.
It’s best that you not try to remove an active wasp’s nest yourself. The risk of stinging is high, and you don’t want to risk multiple, painful stings. Removing a nest is best left to the experts. SafeHaven Pest Control can help rid your property of wasps and other stinging insects. Check out our cost effective pest control service bundles and call us today at (214) 340-6969 for more information.