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Are Yellow Jackets And Paper Wasps A Problem In Western Washington?
Yes, several species of yellow jackets and the European paper wasp are serious pests in this area. Yellow jackets can nest in or on houses, in the ground, in rock walls, or hang their nests on trees and shrubs, while the European paper wasp commonly nests under eaves or in attics. These pests can become very aggressive when people venture too close to their nests.
They are a real problem when their nests are near doorways or on decks. They are very sensitive to slamming doors and other movements around their nests. Often, species nesting in attics and wall spaces can also become a serious problem if they chew through sheet rock and enter a home.
All About Wasps
Wasps are often not fun to be around, and they can make it challenging to play or work outside. There are different types of wasps, and not all of them are aggressive. However, the sooner they go away, the better. Some types are very hostile and have painful stings, as well as can cause severe allergic reactions. With this in mind, it is important to get professional help when dealing with wasp removal.
Types of Wasps
There are different types of wasps, and each one has unique characteristics.
These wasps typically measure ½ inch in length, and their bodies are not covered in hair like bees. Other characteristics of yellow jackets include:
- Attraction to perfume and colorful clothing
- Social and live in colonies
- Aggressively defensive of their colony
- Can sting multiple times
A paper wasp is typically confused with the yellow jacket, as it has yellow markings on a black body and is similar in size. Some of the characteristics include:
- Build nests in dark, sheltered spots
- Slightly less aggressive than yellow jackets or hornets (will still sting)
- Make open-celled nests.
This hornet is actually a species of yellow jacket, in spite of the fact they do not have any yellow on them at all. They typically measure ¾ inches in length, and their bodies and faces have ivory-white markings. Bald-faced hornets:
- Build aerial grey and paper-like nests that are enclosed
- Feed on caterpillars, flies, and spiders
- Are incredibly aggressive and can sting more than once
Mud Dauber Wasp
These wasps are black, or yellow and black. They have a long, slender waist, six legs and can measure up to one inch. Some of the characteristics include:
- They live in mud tubes located in sheltered places like ceilings, attics, sheds, eaves, and garages
- They are solitary beings
- They help keep away spiders and other pests
- Not aggressive and hardly ever sting
Wasp & Yellow Jacket Infestations
An infestation of wasps can be seen in the form of a nest. This nest may be located under the eaves, in trees or shrubs, in attics and crawl spaces and even in walls. If in the wall, sealing up holes where they’re going in and out can result in a problem if the nest isn’t exterminated first. The workers trapped inside may chew through the ceiling or wall, and the result is a swarm of wasps inside that is confused and angry.
Advantages of Hiring Professional Pest Solutions
Novice homeowners should never try to get rid of a wasp nest on their own. It is beneficial to hire a wasp exterminator because a professional can recognize the different types of wasps and provide the best method of controlling them. They have the appropriate products and equipment to get rid of a wasp nest effectively and safely that will not put people or their pets in danger.
Sometimes there is a wasp issue because of something on the property, such as certain waste products, plant flora or prey such as spiders and insects. The professional pest controller can recommend prevention measures or make other suggestions to ensure the wasps will not easily gain a foothold on the property.
Contact Whitworth Pest Solutions
If you are facing wasps or other pesky pests in and around your home, it is time to get professional help. Whitworth Pest Solutions has over 30 years of experience and can help with a variety of pest control issues in the Seattle area. Contact us for more information.