To treat for wasps, the nest must be treated and most or all of the insects killed, in particular the reproductive queen must be killed. Most wasps are not very aggressive and will not heavily defend their nest. Due to the wasps' non-aggressive nature, this job may be able to be done without professional help but if you or a family member are allergic to wasp stings or the nest is hard to reach or you are unsusre, it is best to let a professional eliminate the problem. Wasp nests are treated with a fast acting insecticide to kill the wasps quickly. Once the insect activity ceases, removed from the structure.
Wasps can be identified by the type of nest that they build, or by the color and size of the insects. Paper Wasps' nests are made of a paper-like substance made by the wasps. The nests are usually built in an existing hole in the ground such as an abandoned rodent burrow. The nests contain many cells where the wasp larvae are raised, and have a paper nest that attaches to the structure with a single point, usually hanging from a window frame, awning, or the eaves of the home. Rather than a single entrance or hole in a bald faced hornets nest, the nest will be "open celled", meaning the honeycomb-like structure of the larval cells are visible. The nests are not re-used and each nest will die off in the fall leaving a single female reproductive. This single female will find a protected location for the winter, and will build a new nest the next spring. The insects themselves are small in comparison to bald faced hornets and larger than yellowjackets and are about 3/4 to 1 inch in length. They can vary in color depending on the species, and may be brown, black, or in the case of the smaller "European Paper Wasp" black and yellow striped similar to a yellowjacket. Yellowjackets can be distinguished from European wasps by their nesting habits and specific markings.
Wasps are social insects, meaning that the insect colony or nest works together to survive and raise young. Social insects often have a single reproducing female and many sterile female workers, as is the case with wasps. The honeybee has a similar social structure. Like most social stinging insects, Wasps will defend their nest or themselves if provoked or handled but are general not extremely aggressive. and due to their ability to sting repeatedly, an encounter with wasps can be quite painful and if a person with insect sting allergies is stung, can be life-threatening.
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