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HOW TO IDENTIFY WASPS

There are many species of wasps. The size and appearance varies with each species.  One of the most common and well known species is the paper wasp.  Adult paper wasps are fairly large growing to be ½ to 1 inch in length.  They are usually black or brown, have yellow markings and gray wings.  Paper wasps have a typical wasp appearance – a narrow body with a pinched waist; and when in flight their legs hang down below their body.

WHY DO I HAVE A WASP PROBLEM?

Wasps are found on properties that they are nesting on or that provide them with necessary food sources.  Most wasps are considered to be semi-social and live in colonies.  Many wasp species are predatory and will hunt and feed on other insects along with plant nectar and pollen.

Paper wasps create their comb shaped nest using a paper-like material that is created from their saliva and wood.  They hang their nests from trees and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of window and doorframes, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, and deck railings.  Wasps unfortunately may also find their way inside homes and create nests in crawl spaces, behind walls, and in chimneys.

ARE WASPS DANGEROUS?

Yes, wasps are considered to be dangerous.  Wasps are equipped with a smooth stinger which allows each individual to painfully sting their victim repeatedly.  Wasps will aggressively defend their nest and colony if they are being threatened.  The venom from a wasp is strong enough to cause a severe allergic reaction in some people that requires immediate medical attention.

HOW DO I CONTROL WASP?

If wasps have become a problem on your property, you should never try to solve the problem on your own and risk being stung; instead, you should immediately contact Russell’s Pest Control.  Once your current problem with wasps is safely taken care of by one of our trained professionals, we can provide services to prevent future issues with wasps.  Russell’s year-round Power Platinum home pest control program successfully treats for and prevents problems with wasps and over 30 other common household pests!

WASP PREVENTION TIPS

It can be difficult to stop wasps from choosing your property to nest and forage for food on, but there are some things you can do to deter them from nesting near or within your home.

  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the exterior of your house.

  • Place tight fitting caps on all chimneys and make sure that all vent covers are secure. 

  • Fix loose roof shingles and repair holes along your home’s roof line.

  • Make sure that all windows and doors have intact screens.

  • Caulk any spaces found around exterior windows and doors.

 

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