Summer is right around the corner here in Atlanta GA. For many, that means more backyard barbecues and time spent at parks, swimming pools, and hiking trails. Unfortunately, it also means wasp season has arrived. Especially in the late summer months, wasps can be a nuisance to any outdoor event. They also can be very dangerous as they become more aggressive. There are three summertime wasps in particular that you may encounter: paper wasps, mud daubers, and–of course–yellow jackets. It can be difficult to differentiate between these wasps, which is why Active Pest Control has gathered the info you need to know in this blog post. Keep reading to learn more!
Common Summertime Wasps
There are over 4,000 wasp species in the United States, but there are just a few you are most likely to encounter. The three summertime wasps to know are:
- Paper Wasps. These wasps are known for the papery nests they build, which look like upside-down umbrellas. Their nests often hang from tree branches and twigs, as well as porch ceilings and door railings. They typically contain up to 30 wasps. Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, but they may sting to defend their nests. Their sting is known to be especially potent.
- Mud Daubers. As their name suggests, mud daubers build their nests from mud. They are mostly black in appearance but may have light-colored markings. The most characteristic feature of the mud dauber is their thin, thread-like waist. Nests are usually located in covered areas such as porch ceilings, sheds, and attics. These wasps are less social than other types, often preferring to be solitary. Mud daubers aren’t as aggressive and will only sting when directly handled.
- Yellow Jackets: During the summertime, yellow jackets are infamous for being aggressive. Yellow jackets congregate in colonies of up to or more than 1,000 workers. Their nests can be a ticking time bomb if anyone tries to knock it down without a professional pest control company. Yellow jackets will not bother you unless they feel threatened, in which case they may sting repeatedly.
6 Tips to Prevent Wasps
It’s important to take caution around wasps. Always be on the lookout for nests, which often are built in porch ceilings, decks, sheds, garages, and on the sides of buildings. When outdoors, take the following steps to avoid a wasp sting:
- Always wear shoes outside, especially in grassy areas.
- Do not leave drinks or food in accessible areas.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened.
- Keep garbage in sealed receptacles.
- Do not swat at wasps as it increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction.
- If stung, seek immediate medical attention, as reactions can be severe.
Summertime Wasp Control
It can be difficult to identify summertime wasps, which is why it’s best to leave it up to the professionals. A wasp nest on your building can be very dangerous, and always needs to be handled by a professional pest control company. DIY removal methods are simply out of the question when it comes to stinging insects. The team at Active Pest Control has the experience needed to provide safe, quick, and effective wasp removal services.