June 4, 2018
Today we’re talking about paper wasp control, not to be confused with yellow jackets or bees. “Paper wasp” is the moniker given to several species of wasps that belong to the Polistes sub-family. These wasps are often spotted flying near sources of water, or structures that they build nests on.
Typical nest sites are on the underside of surfaces on structures. Key areas to inspect would be the top corners of window, door, or garage door trim, the eaves of the house, or under wood decks. If wasps are found inside your home, the nest site is most likely in the attic.
This time of year while the nests are in early construction, it’s not uncommon to find individual wasps sitting on deck railing or wooden outdoor furniture. The reason for this is that the insects are biting off small mouthfuls of wood fiber to use in nest building. In nature wasps gather their fibers from bark or exposed wood, but in the suburban environment- wood decks are irresistible!
Be careful around wasps because they do have a stinger on their abdomen, and deliver a painful sting. Some people have allergies to the venom and a sting can be life threatening. Under most circumstances wasps will not attack unless you are near their nest. Keeping an open eye out can prevent a sting in many cases. Look up at roof lines, railings, under outdoor tables, furniture, and chairs. So what can you do to help prevent wasps?
Good news, when you are ready to get rid of Wasps, these stinging insects are included in all of our general pests services. If you notice activity and would like an inspection by the professionals—Call Pest-Ops today at (865)966-0750 or contact us here.