Wasps / Hornets

I’ll state the obvious: nobody likes wasps.  They can be be destructive to your property and their sting is extremely painful.  They can present a major health risk to people who have an allergic reaction to their sting, and are especially dangerous to young children and the elderly.  Numerous stings at once can be extremely dangerous even to those without the allergy.

The most common wasp we have in this area is the red paper wasp.  Their nest is typically built hanging from eaves or roofing but can also be built in areas such as attics or chimneys.  The nest is white and has many adjacent holes where the young are hatched before becoming adults.  They are extremely aggressive and will not hesitate to sting if threatened.  Treatment is typically done with pesticides used on the nest and then removing the nest once the wasps are dead/gone.  

The next most common wasp issue we come across is the dirt dauber (or mud dauber).  In this area they are typically black and around the same size as the red wasp.  Although they do not pose a significant health risk as they are generally not aggressive and stings are very uncommon, their nests can be very unsightly for your home or business.  These nest are identified by globs or tubes of mud that are usually built on the sides of buildings or ceilings of outdoor areas.  Treatment is usually done by removing the dirt nest.

Finally, we come to the yellow and black wasps.  These are what people refer to as hornets or yellow jackets. While there are several different species of them, the problems they cause and the treatments are similar.  These are the most destructive of the the wasps that we normally treat as they can make their nests in any hole or crevice on your property and can make nests in your walls.  Unchecked, these nasty guys can also make huge nests in the ground, hanging from trees, in unused buildings and even unoccupied vehicles.  These wasps are also extremely aggressive and have a very painful sting.  Treatment is done by applying pesticides to the nest (which may require removing drywall, roofing, or siding to access) and then removing the dead nest.

We’ve handled many of these types of jobs and have the equipment to treat them quickly and safely.  If you have a wasp infestation, give us a call to come and get rid of them!

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