It’s that time of year again. Queen wasps are slowly starting to emerge from their winter hiding places, and they have one goal and one goal only: to reproduce like crazy. If you are like many a human, wasps are all fine and good until they build their nests under your porch, on your awning, or somewhere else just as frustrating. Wasps can affect quality of life, turning your daily walk to the car into a game of “dodge the bee” or by making outdoor gatherings difficult. Don’t even think about serving anything but water, or you’ll be having nightmares of black and yellow for years to come.
So – what can be done about these whirring winged things? Well, first it is important to understand which types of wasps do what. Wasp is a term often used to describe any kind of aggressive bee. It usually refers to any of the three “social” wasps. These wasps include: the paper wasp, the yellow-jacket, and the hornet, where each kind has notable differences. They may vary in their behavior, appearance, or nesting patterns.
The paper wasp is the least aggressive of the three. It has darker tones than the yellow-jacket or hornet and is costumed primarily in black. It has slightly wispier wings. The paper wasp will usually build its umbrella-shaped nest on the eaves of your home.
The yellow-jacket is aggressive if provoked and generally smaller than the paper wasp or the hornet. It is black and yellow, with a plumper body. The yellow-jacket makes its nest underground, so locating an infestation can be a little difficult.
The hornet is the most aggressive of these socials. Many complain that they attack with no provocation. If you can, avoid allowing a hornet to nest in your premises. Their black and yellow tones are not as prominent as the yellow-jacket, but more so than the paper wasp. The hornet constructs its nest on eaves as well as foliage. The nest is closed and made from a wood-saliva compound.
A swarm of wasps is not fun by any means. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent them, if you so choose. One way to deter the socials is to put out bee-deterrent candles, or place cucumber slices around your outdoor areas. Also avoid sugary drinks or sweet perfumes if possible. As always, if the problem is out of control or harming your well-being, do not hesitate to contact us.