General Information

Wasps are seen as a nuisance for many, and some people even have a phobia of wasps. These insects can deliver a painful sting that is shortly followed by skin irritation. If you’re allergic to wasps, their stings can even be deadly. Learn what wasps are, what they look like, why you may be finding wasps around your home, and what you can do to control and prevent wasp infestations.

What Are Wasps?

Wasps are insects that are part of the suborder Apocrita and the order Hymenoptera, which also includes other narrow-waisted insects. Most wasps, like hornets and yellow jackets, often live and nest together. There are 4,000 different wasp species currently in the United States, with the most commonly seen wasps being bald-faced hornets, European hornets, and yellow jackets.

These insects are fierce predators and usually eat various other insects, such as flies, grasshoppers, and aphids. They also consume fruit, tree sap, nectar, and even human food, which is why you may see them buzzing around your outdoor picnic. Wasps attack and sting their prey and use the prey as food for their larvae.

Wasps are typically seen the most during the summertime, as this is when the worker wasps collect food to feed to the growing larvae of the nest. Toward the end of summer, the larvae develop into drone wasps and fertile female wasps, which will be next year’s colonies and queens, respectively.

What Do Wasps Look Like?

While there are thousands of wasp species, only a few are commonly encountered by humans. The most common types of wasps in the United States include:

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Why Do I Have Wasps Around My Residence?

If you’re noticing wasps in or around your home, there may be a wasp infestation. Common reasons why wasps may stake a claim in or near your house include:

Problems With Wasps

The primary problem associated with wasps is their stinging potential. While wasps rarely seek out humans and sting them, coming into contact with a wasp greatly increases your chances of getting stung. The more at a wasp, the more threatened it will become, and the more likely you are to get stung. Most wasp stings aren’t dangerous, but they do leave behind a painful spot on the skin. Those with allergies to wasps are at an increased danger of a wasp sting, as they can experience symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening.

Wasp Control and Prevention Measures

There are several steps you can take to help prevent wasps from nesting near or in your home. These steps include:

Taking steps to prevent a wasp infestation is the best way to keep you and your family safe from their harmful stings. If you have any questions about wasp prevention, reach out to Bulwark Exterminating today.

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