It is no fun having a wasp nest around the house or yard, especially if you or someone in your family has an allergy. Regardless of allergies however, wasp stings are no fun, and you also have to listen to them constantly humming and buzzing while flying around as you attempt to enjoy the nice weather.
Many people try to get rid of the wasp nest on their own. Never a good idea. But, before you do, you should find out what type of wasp's nest you have. It is always good to know what species of wasp you're dealing with.
Here are the three main types of wasps:
- Paper wasps: Paper wasps have long bodies and long legs, relative to other species of wasp. They build large, exposed nests where the combs are clearly visible. Their nests are often compared to an upside down umbrella and are usually built in sheltered areas like the eaves of a house or the end of an open pipe. They will only attack if they feel threatened, but their sting can be quite painful and potentially dangerous. (wikihow)
- Yellow jackets: Yellow jackets have thick black antennae and shorter legs compared to paper wasps. They build papery-looking, covered-in nests and prefer enclosed spaces like wall voids or cavities in the ground. They can be very aggressive, stinging multiple times and attacking in swarms. (wikihow)
- Hornets: Hornets are the largest type of social wasp. Around here they are the most common and can be identified by the white markings on its head and thorax. Hornets tend to build paper nests, which are often found in tree trunks and wall cavities. (wikihow)
In order to get rid of wasps around your home, consider calling an exterminator. It is often best to leave nest removal to the professionals. This is especially true if the wasp nest is in a difficult or hard-to-reach location. You should always call an exterminator if you or someone in your family is allergic to wasp stings.
For more information on getting rid of wasps, contact EHS Pest in Norwood.