There are several types of wasps that can be seen in yards, and they are easily confused with bees. Wasps can be identified by their slim waists and smooth, nearly hairless bodies. Bees tend to be hairy and don’t have defined waists. Some of the common wasps you could encounter include:
Wasps sting when they feel threatened. If you find nests in out-of-the-way parts of your yard, or high in a tree, avoidance may be the best strategy. When cooler weather arrives in the fall, the wasps will die off, and the paper nests will disintegrate.
Wasps don’t need to nest in your yard to cause problems. Foraging yellow jackets may fly into your yard in their search for food. They’re attracted to sweet foods and drinks, like soda and fruit. To avoid attracting yellow jackets, keep food and drinks covered during picnics and barbecues. Remove trash promptly, and use garbage cans with tight lids.
If you find nests in high-traffic areas, the wasps can’t be ignored. However, wasp control can be very dangerous, so it shouldn’t be a DIY project.
Treatment for these stinging pests should be performed at night, when many of the insects have returned to the nest. When the nest is sprayed with insecticides, the wasps may react aggressively, and sting multiple times. Pest control professionals use wasp suits to protect themselves from angry wasps.
Wasps such as paper wasps, yellow jackets, and bald faced hornets can be dangerous, especially if they build their nests too close to your home. For help controlling these stinging insects, call TRS Extermination, the Cincinnati wasp control professionals.