Is it a wasp or hornet?
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To get a bit technical, wasps are insects in the hymenoptera order and the apocrita sub-order. Wasps are often mistaken for bees and confused with other stinging insects. Wasps are notorious for building their nests right in places where people like to gather, like around your deck or under the eaves of your roof in your backyard. These stinging insects are also well known for viciously defending their nests.
Wasps come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike bees, some wasps are solitary while others thrive in large colonies. Some wasps survive entirely on nectar from plants, but others are parasitic and will attack other insects. They have a painful sting, and unlike bees, wasps do not leave their stingers behind. That means they can sting someone over and over again - which makes them particularly painful pests.
At Western Exterminator, we are your wasp control professionals, we know how to find wasp nests and safely remove them so that you don’t have to worry about being stung.
It's common to find wasps outdoors, but what happens if they fly into your home? Discovering a wasp in your home can be unsettling, especially if you or someone else has an allergy to wasp stings.
If you see one wasp it's possible that there is a wasp nest somewhere in your home. Wasp nests are frequently found in the attics of homes or other tucked away places.
While we recommend always calling a professional pest control provider, below you'll find some DIY tips to help you with wasp control in your home.
Wasp spray - If you choose to try a wasp spray, there are a few things you should consider. Before applying the spray, read the instructions listed on the container. We also recommend that you try to isolate the wasp in a room away from pets and children. Rather than spraying a large cloud of pest control product and hoping the wasp will fly through it, aim and directly spray the wasp.
Flyswatter - If you don't have pesticide spray but have quick reflexes, try using a flyswatter. Be careful though because if you miss, the wasp might fly after you.
A soda bottle trap - A simple soda bottle trap with watered-down dish soap is another DIY wasp trap option. Be sure to clean out the trap regularly so the trap doesn't overfill.
Wasp control is important to keeping a safe environment around your home or business. However, there are many factors to consider in wasp control that could effect how you treat the problem. The more you know about wasps, the better prepared you will be in getting rid of them. Learn more about different types of wasps, wasp nests, and the different types of wasp stings you could encounter.
If you are seeing wasps around your property or find a wasp nest, do not take any chances. Trying to knock down the nest or using other methods can backfire and you end up under attack. At Western Exterminator, we know how to find nests and use the right safety equipment and treatments. We also seal up any entry points that have allowed wasps into your property and help you prevent their return. We are your local wasp control experts. Contact us online for more information on how we can protect you from wasps.
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