Wasps

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Wasps

Wasps don’t usually cause damage to homes during their summer nest building however, they are disliked immensely due to their painful sting. They can access your home through a pre-existing hole, so although nests don’t often cause property damage, they may be a sign of broken roof shingles or damaged garden shed panels. If wasp nests are left for a long time, you may notice the signs of wood damage nearby. While it’s possible to get rid of wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets on your own, remember that they can be dangerous, especially in large numbers, so if you’re in doubt, it’s best to call a pest control specialist.

Of course, if you are allergic to these stings, you need to take precautions and seek outside help. Blocking a nest is one of the worst ways to deal with this problem as when confined in a tight space they will quickly become agitated. If blocked in, these insects can chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other materials to find a way out. You can try mixing a tablespoon of peppermint oil with 4 cups of water and spraying it as a repellent if you’re looking for a natural DIY solution.

Did You Know?

If blocked in, wasps can chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other materials to find a way out!

What You Need to Know About Wasps

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Wasps come in a wide variety of colours, from yellow to brown to metallic blue and even bright red. Yellow jackets are bulky with vibrant yellow, black and white markings, while paper wasps are long and thin, with long legs, and yellow-reddish and black markings.

Wasps live in meadows, orchards, woodlands, playgrounds, cemeteries, and urban and suburban settings. All wasps build nests, although they vary in their nesting preferences. A wasp habitat is a paper-like nest made from wood fibers that have been chewed into a pulp. Wasps do not always return to the same place year after year however, some roofs are favoured for their position and habitat.

The females are usually solitary in their nests, and hunt for spiders and insects that they paralyze with their venom. They carry the prey into their nests and lay their eggs on them, so that their prey serves as food for the larvae. In the spring, a fertilized female wasp starts her colony by laying eggs in cell-like pods. Larvae hatch from the eggs and are fed by the female. Adult workers emerge 10 days later and care for the additional eggs.

Little Critters Can Be A Nuisance

Have a problem with Wasps?

We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.