Where's that buzzing sound coming from? You may be used to hearing and even seeing wasps out in nature. However, what happens when stinging insects build their nests on your home.
Wasps and other stinging insects live around us and are essential to our ecosystem. From controlling nuisance insects to pollinating crops and flowers, wasps help by providing valuable services that keep the planet spinning. Unfortunately, wasps around Zebulon properties protect themselves and nests from perceived threats by delivering painful stings. A nest attached to our home or wasps in our yards can be a big problem. While a welcome sight out in nature, wasps become unwanted pests when they build their nests near our homes. Having wasps nesting or flying about your property poses a danger and makes spending enjoyable time in your yard impossible. Getting stung by a wasp such as a hornet or yellow jacket is an experience you won't soon forget. When dealing with increased wasp activity on your property, it's critical to take care and never attempt to handle the problem alone.
Zebulon pest control can help identify and safely control wasps near your home. At Southern Pest Solutions, our experts have been expertly controlling stinging insects in Zebulon with over 50 years of Integrated Pest Management experience. We have prepared today's article to help you better understand wasps in our area. It describes the common types of wasps that build nests on our properties, the dangers of removing a wasp nest on your own, who to call for safe nest removal, and how you can prevent wasps from returning to your yard in the future. And as always, contact Southern Pest Solutions for immediate help with pest control in Zebulon.
Common Types Of Wasps That Build Nests On Zebulon Properties
There are many types of wasps living around Zebulon. From hornets to yellow jackets, the risk factors associated with insect stings grow higher every year. Here are some of the most common wasps you will encounter in Zebulon and throughout North Carolina.
The bald-faced hornet is not a true hornet but is a relative of the yellow jacket and other wasps. It gets its common name from its predominantly black color and mostly white face. It is commonly referred to as a hornet because of its large size and aggressive nature.
- Color: Black with a white pattern covering most of its face
- Size: ½ to ⅝ of an inch; the queen is ¾ inch in length
Bald-faced hornets greatly resemble yellow jackets with black bodies and a predominantly white-patterned face; they also have two slanted lines running from their midsection towards their head and on the latter part of their abdomen. Like yellow jackets and paper wasps, the surface of their upper-midsection almost looks triangular from the side.
A bald-faced hornet infestation is visible with the presence of a nest suspended above the ground. There will also be worker hornets flying around the nest and nearby areas if there is an infestation.
Mud dauber is a common name for a wasp that constructs its nest of mud. Many species of wasps are known as mud daubers, such as organpipe mud daubers, black-and-yellow mud daubers, and blue mud daubers.
Color: Black but may have pale markings or a metallic luster
Size: ½ to one inch
Although their appearance varies, mud daubers are usually black, but they may have pale markings or a blue metallic luster. The mud dauber has a "thread-waisted" body, meaning there is a long, slender segment between the thorax and abdomen. Mud daubers also possess clear or dark wings.
Finding a nest is the most common sign of a mud dauber infestation. If the nest has holes, it may indicate that it is inactive or old, as mud dauber wasps create holes when they leave the nest.
Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like material they use to make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests. These wasps are semi-social stinging insects, as they typically live in small colonies but do not have a worker caste. Groups similar to paper wasps include yellowjackets and hornets, potter and mason wasps, spider wasps, and long-waisted paper wasps.
Color: Brownish with yellow markings, although some may be slightly reddish.
Size: ⅝ to ¾ inch
Paper wasps generally have a similar body shape to yellow jackets but are somewhat slimmer with a thin "waist," six long legs, an almost triangular side view, and two wings and antennae. They are mostly brown with some yellow coloration. Each known paper wasp species shares similar brown and yellow coloring traits, but they also have different bands of colors and markings that separate them from one another. Some species of paper wasps may even have hints of bolder colors like red or even brighter colored lines compared to others.
Paper wasps often build nests in residential yards, so one of the main signs of an infestation is the physical sighting of the nest itself and nearby wasps moving around it.
Like many wasps, yellow jackets are a combination of yellow and black. They are a common sight throughout North America, especially in the summer when food is prepared and eaten outdoors. Recognizing a yellow jacket quickly will reduce unwanted contact.
Color: Yellow with black stripes and patterns on the head and body
Size: ⅜ to ⅝ inch
Yellow jacket wasps are commonly found along the edges of forests and can make their hives closer to the ground than in the tree canopy like other wasps. These small stinging insects feed off of nectar while other adults pre-chew insects for easier consumption for wasp larvae. A pregnant female begins nest construction in the spring, bringing about the first generation of yellow jackets that year later in the spring. Females from this brood become hive workers and tend to the other young produced later. By autumn, or when cold weather begins, the males die off, leaving only mated females to continue generations the following year.
The Dangers Of Trying To Remove A Wasp's Nest Yourself
Removing a wasp's nest on your own is never advised. Aggressive stinging insects such as wasps can cause painful wounds, allergic reactions, and even anaphylactic shock. However, if you think a nest is around your property, you should have it removed as soon as possible. Fortunately, Southern Pest Solutions can help!
The Experts To Call For A Safe Wasp's Nest Removal
Unlike our North Carolina competitors, residential wasp nest removal from Southern Pest Solutions addresses wasp infestations long before they become overwhelming. We offer residential pest control in Zebulon grounded by our advanced Integrated Pest Management methodology. We remove wasp nests quickly, safely, and efficiently by implementing safety measures and specialty outfits. Our wasp removal services include:
- A thorough inspection of your home's exterior.
- Knockdown services to safely get wasp's nests away from your home.
- Professional treatments to eliminate active infestations and discourage them from returning in the future.
We also offer pretreatment measures against stinging insect activity to homeowners in Zebulon and throughout our North Carolina service areas.
In addition to our home pest control services, we offer effective commercial pest management in Zebulon. Wasp nests around commercial buildings tend to scare away customers, injure employees, and otherwise affect the reputation of your business. By choosing Southern Pest Solutions for your commercial wasp nest removal needs, you reduce your risks for severe, long-term concerns during their active months. Our wasp control technicians rely on aerosol sprays to treat established wasp nests. Once we spray the nest, we will return to remove the nest entirely after 24 hours. We will also dust any voids with an emergent wasp product and spray potential future nesting sites with a residual liquid to deter scouting wasps. Many species of wasps will be unable to construct nests near the treated areas and look elsewhere to establish a colony.
The professional wasp nest removal team at Southern Pest Solutions is prepared to respond to your call within a day or less. Contact us today to request a free estimate or book a wasp nest removal service at your convenience.
How To Prevent Wasps From Returning To Your Yard
You may now be asking, "How can I prevent wasps from returning in the future?" Use the following tips to keep stinging insects away for good!
- Avoid placing flowering plants and shrubs directly outside of your home's entrances.
- Fill holes in the ground to prevent ground-nesting wasps.
- Inspect your home for potential entry points and seal those openings.
- Keep tight-covering lids on trash cans and recycling bins to prevent stinging insects from foraging for sweets and proteins.
- Remove areas of standing water from your yard that stinging insects could use as a water source.
- Remove potential nesting sites such as fallen trees, excess woodpiles, and tree stumps from your yard.
- Regularly inspect areas under steps, decks, and roof eaves for nests.
- When eating outdoors, keep sugary drinks covered and keep the food you aren't currently eating covered to avoid attracting yellow jackets and other stinging insects.