What are wasps?
Wasps are stinging insects, and are usually categorized as either social or solitary. Social wasps live in large colonies that number in the thousands. Many species of wasps are considered to be predatory, killing and feeding on species of nuisance insects. Some wasps also feed on pollen and nectar, and are responsible for some pollination. Most species of wasps have a pinched waist, two pair of wings, and six legs that hang down when in flight.
Two of the more common species of wasps found invading properties and homes in our area of Oklahoma include yellow jackets and paper wasps.
Yellow Jackets' faces and heads are a combination of black and yellow colors, while their bodies have a clear yellow and black striped pattern. Yellow jackets are social and live together in large colonies.
Paper Wasps' bodies are black or brown in color. They have yellow or orange markings, or markings that are a combination of both yellow and orange. Their wings are grayish in color. Paper wasps are semi-social, and live together in relatively small colonies.
Are wasps dangerous?
Wasps are considered to be dangerous. Not only are their stings quite painful, the venom that they can inject into people is powerful enough to trigger serious health problems. The venom from wasps can cause allergic reactions, and even anaphylaxis, requiring immediate medical attention. Both yellow jackets and paper wasps have smooth stingers and can sting their victims repeatedly. Yellow jackets are aggressive, and are quick to sting a perceived threat. Paper wasps are not known to be aggressive, but great care should still be taken around them to prevent stings.
Why do I have a wasp problem?
Wasps are attracted to residential properties that offer them what they need to live successfully. Stinging insects, depending on their exact species, feed on insects, proteins, nectar, sweets, and honeydew. Yellow jackets are scavengers, and are often found congregating around trash cans and outdoor eating areas. Properties that have open garbage cans, compost piles, grills, gardens, flowering vegetation, clogged gutters, bird baths, or ponds may attract stinging insects.
Where will I find wasps?
Wasps build their nests in a variety of locations that provide them with good protection and shelter. Paper wasps and yellow jackets have different nesting preferences.
Paper wasps make their nests out of a paper-like material that they create by chewing on bark, plant stems, and leaves, and mixing the plant material with their saliva. Paper wasps usually place their umbrella-shaped nests up off the ground. Their nests hang from trees, shrubs, utility poles, porches, or underneath rooflines, decks, and door frames. If they find their way inside homes or other buildings, they may nest inside chimneys, behind exterior walls, or inside crawl spaces.
Yellow jackets are ground nesters. They make their nests in abandoned holes created by squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, or other small animals. Their ground nests can be difficult for people and pets to spot and avoid, making them rather dangerous. Yellow jackets also keep their nests up off the ground, under the eaves of homes, behind walls, in chimneys, and inside attics and crawl spaces.
How do I get rid of wasps?
The easiest and safest way to control and prevent problems with wasps is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dedicated technicians provide the year-round services needed to rid your home and property of stinging wasps.
Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove wasps and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about eliminating wasps from your Pryor, Oklahoma home, reach out to Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.
How can I prevent wasps in the future?
The best way to avoid problems with potentially dangerous wasps and other household-invading pests, is to seek professional pest control from Mid America Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with wasps:
Seal as many entry points as possible.
Caulk cracks and crevices in your home's foundation and exterior walls.
Make sure screens are intact.
Place caps on chimneys.
Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
Locate garden areas and wood piles a distance away from the outside of your home.
Remove overgrown vegetation and piles of debris from your property.
Trim tree limbs away from the exterior of your home.
Repair leaky outdoor fixtures, faucets, and hoses.