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Wasp Varieties in the Region

Although people often mistake wasps for bees, the two pests cause different issues. Unlike nectar-drinking bees, these insects are predators that may sting with little provocation. This makes it important to be able to identify local species. Common types of wasps in the area include yellow jackets and paper wasps.

Yellow Jackets

Members of this wasp species are about a half inch long with smooth, black, and yellow bodies. They tend to live underground near homes but may also nest inside wall voids or porch ceilings.

Yellow jackets mostly eat other insects, though sugary foods and trash also attract them. The pests are relentless and aggressive in their pursuit of a meal or the protection of their nests, delivering multiple, painful stings to anyone that gets in the way. For people with allergies, stings may be life-threatening.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps look similar to yellow jackets. However, while yellow jackets nest in the ground, this type of wasp builds homes in high places. The pests get their name from the habit of chewing wood into pulp. Paper wasps use this material to construct umbrella-shaped nests in protected places, including:

    • Under tree branches
    • Above porches
    • Near window and door frames
    • Inside attics orcrawl spaces

Though not as aggressive as yellow jackets, this wasps species still stings. However, paper wasps usually turn hostile only to defend their nests. In cases where they have a colony in the house, conflicts with residents quickly become severe.

Wasp Control

Any wasps species can cause trouble, especially when the pests build nests in high foot traffic areas. Homeowners who try to control a wasp infestation alone put themselves at risk, as the misuse of pesticides can upset rather than subdue colonies. To safely remove all kinds of wasps, contact the experts at Western Pest Services.