The warm-weather months offer a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. To maximize the use of your outdoor spaces, be on the lookout for stinging insects. Wasps are quite aggressive, and their painful stings can send those who are allergic to them to the hospital. A professional exterminator can help you get rid of these bothersome pests quickly and easily. Learn about the following most common signs of a wasp nest on your property.
Visible Wasp Nests
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Several types of wasps exist, and each one builds a distinctive nest. Mud daubers build tubular hives out of mud or clay. They prefer building nests within cracks of stone, wood, or masonry. Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets build delicate, papery nests that can get quite large. Ground wasps build their nests in the ground, often taking over abandoned tunnels created by other animals.
During the warm-weather months, perform routine inspections of areas where wasps are known to build nests. Be sure to check roof eaves, the backs of shutters, and sheds. If you have a patio umbrella wasp nests could be lurking in it. Examine the umbrella regularly for wasp nests.
Inspect your property every few weeks throughout the warm-weather months. Wasps can build large nests quickly. A tiny, easy-to-miss hive now could be unmistakable a few weeks later.
If wasps have built a nest in a spot above the roof of your home or in another hidden location, their telltale buzzing sound will give them away. Wasps have been known to build nests within the walls of a home if they find a way inside from the outside. Many commercially available wasp killers are not suited for use inside living structures. If you hear buzzing inside your house, consult a pest-management professional.
If you start to see many wasps swarming in a particular spot, chances are a nest is nearby. Wasps travel in and out of their nest throughout the day to eat and care for the hive. You can narrow down a nest location by carefully watching the flight paths of wasps in your yard. If you see wasps entering your home through a crack or hole, do not seal the opening. Trapped wasps will chew through interior walls to escape.
Once you have located a wasp nest, what should you do next? Wasps can be aggressive and, unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times. Wasp stings are extremely painful and full of potent poison, making a serious allergic reaction much more likely from a wasp than a bee. Even if you don’t have allergies, being stung multiple times by a wasp can cause a dangerous, life-threatening bodily response.
In addition to the risk of stings from the wasps themselves, trying to remove hives that are in hard-to-reach places, such as from a second story or within a tall tree, can put you at increased risk for injury. To avoid painful stings and possible personal injury, contact a professional exterminator.
Now that you know more about the problems wasps can present, be vigilant for the above signs that a wasp nest is on your property.