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Why You Should Call For Help About Wasps Nests On Your New Castle Property

October 23, 2020

 

Wasps are one of the most concerning pests to encounter on your New Castle property. These stinging insects are scary because of their ability to leave painful, and sometimes, dangerous stings. While finding one or two wasps around your yard can be annoying, the biggest issue with these pests begin building nests around your home.

Here is a list and brief description of common wasp species that build nests around New Castle:

  • European hornets: This species is the only true hornet in North America. They are about an inch long, and they are brown with yellow stripes and pale faces. 

  • Bald-Faced hornets: These hornets are slightly smaller than European hornets, and they often have large colonies with up to 400 members. They are mostly black with pale faces.

  • Paper wasps: Most paper wasps are brown with yellow markings, but they can also be black and yellow. They can look similar to yellow jackets but usually are even thinner.

  • Yellow jackets: This species has yellow and black stripes and a thin waist. They have a shiny appearance and don't have fur. They are known for being a more aggressive species. 

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What You Should Know About Wasp Nests

The first thing you need to know about wasp nests is that they where the queen of the colony and lays its eggs. They usually make their nests with wood pulp (chewed wood that they mix with their saliva). The queen will then lay its eggs in the nest's cells, where they hatch and become worker wasps.

There are many different species of wasps in the area, and it's also worth noting that hornets and yellow jackets are a subspecies of wasps. Many of the common area wasps will build nests around home and businesses, which can put your health at risk.

Depending on the species, different wasps tend to build their nests in different areas. However, there are some common places around your property where you might see a wasp nest.

  • Many wasps such as European hornets build in hollow trees, attics, porches, or wall voids. 

  • Species such as bald-faced hornets are more likely to build nests in tree branches or under the overhangs or roofs.

  • While most of the common species in the area build nests far above the ground, nests can also be found closer to the ground like under stairs. 

Can You Get Rid Of Wasp Nests On Your Own?

If you see a wasp nest around your property, you might consider removing it yourself, but doing so is really dangerous. Even an inactive nest can pose a threat because it may still have wasps in it. 
 
Some of the most common DIY methods of nest removal include:

  • Drenching the nest in insecticides

  • Spraying around the perimeter of the area including the nest

  • Trying to knock the nest down

  • Using wasp bait

While some of these methods are more dangerous than others, trying to take care of the nest on your own is always when you're most at risk of being stung. Most of these species are social, and many of them have sentries or signal to others in the colony when the nest is threatened. Some species, such as yellow jackets, will even attack together and inject their venom multiple times; this can lead to hospitalization even for those who aren't allergic.

The Safest Way To Remove A Wasp Nest

While you should never try to remove a wasp nest on your own, it is important to get rid of dangerous wasps from your property. The best and safest way to remove these nests is to contact the experts at Moyer Pest Control. Our trained technicians can get rid of any wasp nest effectively to keep wasps from returning. It's important to protect your family from these stinging insects, call us as soon as you notice a nest forming. You can also reach out to us using our online contact form. 

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