Getting a Wasp Free Home  

23 May 2024 · 2 min read

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Ah, the telltale signs of summer- cookouts, pool parties, and… wasp nests? Yep, once those warm days arrive, our flying, stinging friends come looking to build their little homesteads. Now, wasps do play an important role as predators of other bugs, which is great. But finding one of their nests hovering way too close to your home? Not so great.

Let me break it down for you and determine whether those paper gray blob nests are friends or foes. Different wasp species build their nests in all kinds of spots – some dangle them from trees or rooflines, while others tuck them into holes or underground. The ones you’ll probably notice first are the classic upside-down umbrella nests made by paper wasps.

The upside-down umbrella nest starts tiny in spring when a queen emerges from hibernation. As her colony of workers grows during the summer, she keeps adding floors to the nest. By fall, they can house thousands of wasps. Stumbling upon that while doing yard work? No thanks!

Getting Rid of Wasps Nests Without Getting Stung

Now here’s the really important part: never, ever try taking down a nest yourself. Disturbing those nests basically makes all the wasps attack you. Not a fun day for anyone allergic to those stingers! 

The safe and smart move is calling a pest control professional. At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, our experienced exterminators come equipped to handle the job safely. We treat those nests by carefully spraying onto them and then we remove the nest using extension pole tools. It’s a safe takedown of that backyard hazard by our technicians. 

Don’t risk getting stung by tacking a wasp nest. Being sting-free is the way to be! Give us a call or fill out a form to get started.

Spotting a Wasp Nest

Close up of four yellow and black wasps on a wall.

Seeing a massive papery blob, you might be wondering, “Is that just some hasty wasp construction, or did I accidentally tick off the wasps?” Here’s how to tell: wasp nests tend to be a crisp gray color. They construct their nests in the classic umbrella shape, with tiers of exposed combs hanging down.

For a closer look, wasps are relatively small with slender bodies. They have the iconic “wasp’s waist” and are typically a combination of brown or reddish markings mixed with yellow. Wasps are generally less aggressive than some other stinging insects when it comes to defending their nests.

But hey, no need to get that close to identify them! That’s what your trusted pest control professionals are for.

References

https://www.gov.mb.ca/housing/pubs/pests/bees.pdf

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