There are many different kinds of wasps that may be pestering you and your family. While the various species can usually be identified as either social or solitary wasps, the main varieties that cause concern are yellow jackets and hornets. Moreover, wasps can actually provide a number of benefits as they kill many kinds of plant-eating insects. Still, because wasps aggressively defend their nests, you may find the need to consult professional pest control services.
Types of Wasps
Before we talk about wasp control, let’s quickly discuss the different kinds of wasps you might encounter.
- Paper Wasps
The paper wasp is among the least harmful wasp, and they are usually unlikely to sting. Their nests are very unique as they do not have an outer shell like most bee and wasp nests.
You will probably recognize hornets as they are large and very imposing. Still, hornets are not typically as aggressive as yellow jackets. Hornets usually feed between dusk and dawn and the most common hornet wasp in North America.
- Yellow jackets
Finally, yellow jackets are identifiable by their thick waists and bright yellow colourings. These wasps are the most territorial and subsequently the most aggressive; they can sting multiple times and are especially apt to do so when defending their nests.
Even though we are prone to fear wasps, we can usually prevent problems by simply avoiding them and especially their nests. Still, if a nest is very close to your home, or even formed somewhere in the structure of your home, you will want to get rid of it. Remember that wasps provide beneficial services by eliminating other pest insects to predation before you decide to get rid of the wasps.
When wasps do need to be eliminated, the safest option is always to call for professional help. Various methods from trapping to pesticides can be used to get rid of these pests. Among the most common product for the do-it-yourself inclined are aerosol insecticides. These will be marked for use on wasp and hornet nests and are effective for controlling paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.
To get rid of paper wasps you’ll need to find the nest and spray it in a sweeping motion with pressurized (aerosol) wasp insecticide. It is recommended that you spray paper wasp nests at night. Similarly, you can kill hornets with aerosol wasp killer, but be sure to spray the nest from a distance and also at night. The best method is to spray directly into the nest entrance. Finally, yellow jackets are the most difficult to kill. Once you have identified the nest, you will need to spray plenty of poison into the nest so that you kill them all at once. This can be very difficult, and you should use a non-projectile wasp killer. By spraying yellow jacket nests at night, the yellow jackets will be less likely to fight back.
Keep in mind, getting rid of wasps can be dangerous, especially if you have bee or wasp allergies. It is always recommended that you seek professional help to eliminate all kinds of wasps.