What To Do When You See a Wasp Nest

What To Do When You See a Wasp Nest

A wasp here and there is no cause for alarm; during the summer months, we often see these winged pests in our yards and gardens. But if you’re seeing (and hearing) a larger number than usual, it’s likely you have a nest that is a little too close for comfort. What do you do if your property is buzzing or you spot a wasp nest? 


Identifying Wasp Nests 

As the summer stretches on, the number of wasps in a nest increases and they can also become more aggressive. The “I won’t bug you if you don’t bug me” approach may not be effective. In addition to being a pest, wasps can also be a significant danger for those who are allergic. Bites are painful in any case, and when you add an allergy to the mix, they can be deadly. 

It is best, then, to remove wasp nests as soon as you can. The first step is identifying them. There are a few common subspecies to look out for:

Paper Wasps 

With a papery appearance, these nests are shaped like an upside umbrella. They can grow quite large, and adult wasps aggressively defend the nest if they sense danger. You’ll usually spot these nests clinging to the eaves of your home or in other shady areas.

Yellow Jackets

These also have a papery appearance, and the protective yellow jackets can attack in swarms. The most common location for these nests is in voids in walls or in holes or cavities in the ground.

Bald-Faced Hornets

You’ll find these nests, covered in a papery shell, in places like tree stumps and in gaps/voids in buildings. 

Mud Daubers 

As you might expect, mud daubers build their nests out of mud or clay. They are tube-like creations that wasps build in the cracks and crevices of garages, sheds, masonry fences, etc.

If you find a nest, do not try to remove or treat it on your own. This is not the time to DIY; wasps are incredibly aggressive when defending their homes or when they sense danger. One sting is bad enough; imagine several as you try to evict these angry pests. There are commercially available treatments that shoot poison as far as 20 feet. But wasps may evacuate the nest and attack before they are touched by the poison, rendering it both ineffective and dangerous.

The best course of action is to call a professional extermination service. Rid-a-Bug’s experienced team can solve your wasp problem in less than a day. Using safe, effective treatments and removal techniques, we ensure that your property is free from wasps and that you and your family are safe. That is always our top priority. 

If you’re dealing with a wasp problem, do not wait - these winged pests only become more aggressive as the season goes on. Call Rid-a-Bug today so we can help you have a sting-free tomorrow.