Wasps

What are wasps?

Wasps, like bees, hornets, and yellow jackets are a type of stinging insect. Stinging insects are identified by having a venom-filled stinger that they use to paralyze their prey with or as a means of defense. Wasps are hunters and use their stinger for both hunting and defense. Wasps, like other stinging insects, are eco-important pests. These predators help to control populations of nuisance and garden insects.

One of the more common species of wasps living in our area is the paper wasp. Paper wasps have a distinctive pinched waist and long thin legs that hang below their body as they fly. They have grayish wings and a body that is black or brown- depending on the species they often have yellow or orange markings. These wasps are identified by their upside-down umbrella-shaped nests that they hang from tree branches and other aerial locations.

 

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Are wasps dangerous?

Wasps nesting in your yard, in high traffic areas, does pose a risk to you, your family, and pets. Wasps possess venom that is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions in susceptible people. The presence of wasps is made even more dangerous by the fact that they have a smooth stinger and can deliver multiple stings, injecting more venom with each sting.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Wasps have the potential to become a problem on any property that offers them a suitable place to build a nest and plenty of places to forage for food. People see wasps out and about in their highest numbers in the summer and late fall when they are out in full force gathering food to bring back to the nest.

Areas that provide food for wasps include gardens, overgrown vegetation, trees, and shrubbery-all places many species of insects and spiders live. They may also forage for food in trash cans, compost piles, and around outdoor eating areas.

Where do wasps nest?

Wasps will build their nests in a variety of locations depending on their specific species. Some prefer to nest in the ground using the abandoned nests of small animals, others nest up off the ground on tree branches, under roofs, in doorways, and under other man made structures. Others prefer to place their nests inside of cavities- trees, chimneys, and wall voids.

How can I prevent future problems with wasps?

The best way to prevent problems with stinging wasps is to partner with the experts at DANCAN. In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help to make your property less attractive to nesting wasps.

  • Trim tree branches and shrubbery back away from the outside of your home.

  • Place garden areas away from the outside of your home and from entry and exit points.

  • Keep wasps out of your home by replacing damaged screens, holes along the roofline, and cracks in exterior walls.

  • Place a cap on chimney and mesh screens over vents.

  • Remove standing water, fix clogged gutters, and repair leaky pipes to limit wasps' access to water.

  • Keep lids on compost bins and trash cans. Clean up leftover food from outdoor eating areas as soon as you are finished eating.

How do I get rid of wasps?

Wasps have the potential to be very dangerous and require the experience of a professional to remove them from properties in the safest manner possible. The professionals at DANCAN, can provide the services needed to accurately identify the infestation, effectively eliminate the problem, and prevent future problems with these dangerous pests.

Our professionals utilize modern, eco-friendly pest control methods and products to control the populations of wasps and other pests living in and around your North Dallas area home. Contact us to learn more about implementing our effective home pest control services to rid your property of wasps.

 

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