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Know Your Wasps

Is it a Yellow Jacket?

January 26, 2018 Bee Hive Removal

Wasps are generally beneficial insects in the environment. They are flying, predatory insects that help them to lead the crusade against other insects that people just don’t want hanging around. Wasps are commonly solitary or social and live in nests that form in areas around the home or in natural spots like heavily wooded areas. Even  though many people know that yellow jacket wasps and other types of similar insects are thought to be good for the environment, the last thing that someone wants to see is a wasp’s nest forming near their home.

Unlike bees, wasps are capable of providing numerous painful stings when they are provoked. Sadly, provoking one of these insects is quite simple because they are generally more hot-tempered.

Not all wasps are the same, and that is why we  have created a list of the three most common types of wasps found in the Dallas area.

1. Yellow Jacket Wasps

These are what most people think about when these insects come to mind. Yellow Jacket wasps are typically found in the north east, mid-east, and south east areas of the United States. Most people tend to mistake these wasps for honeybees. It makes sense because the two have a similar look to them. However, one should note that honeybees will have a pollen sacks on their back legs and wasps do not. Other differences between yellow jackets and honeybees include:

  1. Side to side flight pattern
  2. Nests in walls, voids, and attics
  3. Found in parks and at picnics because they are scavengers

2. Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are generally considered to be the most social of the wasp family. They are one of the most common wasps found in the southern United States. At a glance, they look like their cousin in the bright jacket, but upon a closer look, there are some significant physical differences:

  1. Paper wasps have rusty brown or black stripes
  2. Longer bodies

These types of wasps tend to nest in a grayish paper-like honeycomb shaped nest. This is the reason why they are name the paper wasp. These nests can be found under the eaves of houses, attics, and trees. They have a painful sting and will attack outsiders when aggravated. It is not recommended that a homeowner trying to get rid of paper wasps go the DIY route for the job.

3. Dirt Daubers

These solitary wasps have a very unique look in the wasp family. They have a needle shaped waist and are commonly identified through the mud nests that they make under eaves, in walls, and in attics. Of all of the wasps to have in the home, these are the least likely to really disturb homeowners. These wasps seldom sting and enjoy spending their time preying on spiders around the vicinity of their nest.

Bee Safe Bee Removal Handles Yellow Jackets and More

If you are experiencing a wasp problem in or around your home and don’t know how to take care of it, give Bee Safe Bee Removal a call today. We have the training, expertise, and tools to get your wasps removed safely and efficiently. Our friendly service providers will be happy to set up an appointment to discuss our services.

Wasp Nest Under eave

Common Locations for Wasp Nests at Your Home or Business

January 11, 2018 Bee Hive Removal

In Texas, one of the most common insect problems during the spring and early summer is that of the wasp nest. It is usually very clear that you have a wasp problem, but by the time you do, a nest has most likely already formed, and the wasps can already be creating a sense of danger around your home. If you think you may have a wasp problem, take a look at some of these ways that you can identify the wasps, where they are nesting, and what to do next!

What’s the Difference Between a Wasp and a Bee?

Understanding the fundamental differences between bees and wasps is important when you are examining what type of infestation you may have. Yes, they are both members of the Hymenoptera family of insects, but the main differences is with their physical bodies.

Bees may be entirely black, or brown with orange/yellow striping patterns. Honey bees are hairy and wasps are usually smooth-skinned. Wasps also have a narrower frame and may be more brightly colored than their bee cousins, sporting black and yellow vibrant patterns.

Track the Wasps to Their Nest

Once you start to regularly see wasps buzzing around your residence or business, you should take a few minutes to watch the wasps from a safe distance. You want to watch for what they are feeding on and where they float away after they have fed.

It may be helpful to place some food like canned tuna to get a quicker idea of where the wasps are nesting. Remember, that although there are several horror stories about the aggressiveness of wasps, these are not naturally aggressive creatures. They are merely out to build and protect their home; even if it is in an area that is not pleasing to you.

Wasp Nests Are Found in Different Locations High and Low

Once you’ve identified and baited your wasps, now is the time to find out where they are going. After a few minutes of safe observation, you should have a clear idea of the direction of the nest. Most wasps will funnel into a hole in a nest that rests under the eave of a house. You will want to check your porches and corners for this problem.

In some parts of the world wasps are even known to build their nests in hollow underground areas. This is done to protect the insects from excessive heat and rain. These types of nests can be found in between walls or in tree stumps.

Removing Your Wasps? Don’t Get Swarmed! Call the Professionals

Even though we previously stated that wasps are generally non-aggressive creatures, when you go poking around a nest, be prepared to be stung numerous times. Exterminating wasp nests can be dangerous in that sense, as well as if you are using poisons to exterminate your problem.

Avoid the DIY hazards all together and give the professionals at Bee Safe Bee Removal a call. We have the experience to handle your wasp problem in a safe and efficient manner. Give us a call to find out more about our services and schedule an appointment.

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