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How Dangerous Are The Wasps In New Castle?

April 28, 2021

 

Here in Delaware, we’ve got our fair share of stinging insects. One of the scariest and most unpleasant stingers you can encounter is the wasp. These insects will often aggressively defend their nests, they can sting as many times as they want, and their stings pack a particularly painful punch. Many kinds of wasps can invade your New Castle property, from cow killers to paper wasps to spider wasps. Below, we’ll go over how to distinguish wasps from hornets and bees, the threats they can pose to people, and what to do about them.

Finding A Wasp In A Hornet Stack 

Wasps can be hard to tell apart from bees and hornets, but there are a couple of different ways you can differentiate them. It’s easier to distinguish a wasp from a bee because bees are usually fatter and rounder and they don’t have the tightly cinched waists wasps and hornets do.

wasps infestation on wood trim in new castle home

However, when you sit a wasp and a hornet next to each other, things can get trickier. Hornets are a subtype of wasp, and they are usually stockier than their more svelte counterparts. Hornets are social as well, building huge paper nests that can hold thousands of individuals or constructing large colonies underground. By contrast, many wasp species are solitary, and the ones that do nest together often do so in groups of just a few to a few dozen individuals.

Is There Any Upside To Wasps?

Wasps are an important part of the environment, playing a couple of vital ecological roles. Most wasps are predators that hunt other invertebrates and help control the populations of harmful pests like caterpillars, greenflies, and locusts. Some gardeners even introduce certain types of wasp onto their property to protect their veggies from caterpillars and aphids.

Wasps are also attracted to nectar and can perform some pollination, though they’re usually not as effective at it as fuzzy bees. However, one wasp is vital to the survival of an entire plant species. When female fig wasps crawl inside the fruits and flowers of the fig tree to lay their eggs, they provide the pollination the plant needs to reproduce. Fig wasps are the only pollinator of the fig tree, and without these specialized insects, delicious figs would go extinct.

What To Do When Wasps Wear Out Their Welcome

If you’ve got a fig tree or a veggie garden, your tolerance for wasps is probably comparatively high. For the rest of us, the ideal number of wasps on our property likely hovers somewhere around zero, especially if a member of our household is allergic to their stings. Even fig lovers and caterpillar haters can wind up with more wasps than they want. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to discourage wasps from nesting on your property:

  • Trim shrubs and trees to reduce shelter and nesting sites.

  • Keep hummingbird feeders away from your house and don’t leave pet food outside, since it can sometimes attract the insects that wasps prey on.

  • Cover trash and compost because rotting foods can attract certain types of wasps as well as their prey items.

  • Fill holes in the ground to discourage solitary wasps from taking up residence in them.

Unfortunately, sometimes wasps can power through your prevention methods. If that happens, you may be tempted to try to take care of the problem yourself, but attempting to knock down or spray established wasps’ nests can result in painful stings and even prolonged attacks that may lead to an ER (Emergency Room) visit. So it’s best to leave these aggressive pests to the experts.

Here at Moyer Pest Control, our certified technicians have the tools and the experience to eliminate wasps on your property safely and effectively, and our regularly scheduled maintenance visits will help ensure they do not return. So give us a call at (215) 660-3642 or visit our contact page at Moyer Pest Control to schedule your service today!

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