Much sleeker and sharper (literally) than a honeybee, wasps are a terror for children, pets, and anyone foolish enough to try to remove their nests without the proper tools or protection. Their sting is quite painful, and when their nest is threatened, they can attack in a swarm in defense.
Naturally, the location they choose to create their nests is in dark confined spaces where they can raise their eggs in safety out of sight. Hosing their nests down with a water hose may seem like an effective strategy, but it does not get rid of the eggs that are still inside the nest. And this is to say nothing of the vengeful wasps that are experts at identifying threats.
What kind of wasps do I have to look out for in St. George?
Yellowjackets, hornets, and paper wasps are all common types of wasps found in the warm and sunny climate of St. George. Paper wasps are the typical wasps you imagine when you heard the word wasp. Hornets are a larger variety of wasp that can build nests in high areas and under the ground. Yellowjackets can often be mistaken for honeybees because of their coloring, but make no mistake, yellowjackets are distinctly wasps.
Each of these wasp types is social, meaning that they live together in nests as a colony. Depending on the species, colonies vary in size. Paper wasp colonies average less than 100 adults, while hornet colonies may have up to 1000 adults. However, yellowjackets can create massive nests that house colonies of 1000–3000 on average but can hold as many as 100,000.
What general concerns should I have about wasps?
During the summer months, wasps seek a home that is concealed away from the heat. This means the outdoor crevices in your roof eaves and soffits, within window wells, and even inside the metal tubing of a trampoline. When you see wasps emerging continually from one of these hiding spaces, you will know that a nest is not far behind.
Your first instinct will be to hose them down or purchase an insect killer spray to wipe them out. Even with the strong formulas designed to take care of them, some species of wasps are very tough. The improper application of these sprays will not kill the hive or the wasps effectively.
Wasps become the most dangerous when their nest is threatened. Contrary to popular belief, the wasp nest specifically does not need to be removed, as wasps never reuse a nest. The proper way to get rid of wasps is to treat the nest and ensure the larva inside are eliminated.
The most susceptible to the danger are pets and children that come too near to a nest and provoke an attack. This is especially life-threatening if your child has an allergy to wasp stings. Another note to remember: wasps are not honeybees and do not lose their stingers should they sting a person or an animal. They can, in fact, sting multiple times if provoked.
How can Nature’s Gate help get rid of wasps?
Nature’s Gate Pest Control technicians have the tools and the experience to safely treat wasp nests and ensure that the existing population of wasps does not return. With your help to identify trouble spots, we perform a full examination of your home and get to work right away. We wear protective suits designed to stop wasps from piercing through with their stingers and apply a human-friendly and biodegradable solution of chemicals right to the nest to halt their growth.
Remember, if you have a wasp problem that doesn’t seem to go away, call on Nature’s Gate, and we will be there on the scene. . Contact us today to solve your wasp infestation!