Feeling bugged by wasps and wondering what to do to control them and minimize the possibility of getting stung? Generally paper wasps, solitary wasps, bees and hornets are not usually aggressive towards people, but yellow jackets can be a bothersome nuisance when you are trying to eat outdoors in late summer. People often confuse bees with yellow jacket wasps. Bees are fuzzy and only feed on flower nectar, while wasps have shiny bodies and are predators. Before proceeding with any action to get rid of them, be certain that you are controlling wasps and not destroying bees.
Yellow jackets create the large round nests that homeowners often find around their property. Solitary wasps stay on their own except when it’s time to breed. Social wasps live in a colony that includes a queen, male drones and sterile female workers. Wasps can use their saliva to break down wood fibers in order to make paper for their nest construction. Wasps can also make mud cells or dig a burrow underground as a haven. The queen can survive the winter inside the structure or under debris. Yellow jackets build their nests in trees, wall voids, soffits and even under large rocks. Most social wasps feed on fruit, nectar and carrion.
Social wasps sting as a means of defense. The wasp can sting multiple times because it does not have barbs on the stinger – which is actually a modified egg-laying tube connected to a poison sac. In an effort to get rid of what the wasp considers a threat, the wasp will keep stinging until it flies away or is killed.
To minimize yellow jacket issues, make sure to clean food spills and ensure lids are fitted on garbage containers. Do not smash yellow jackets as the scent will cause other yellow jackets to attack.
If you are going to tackle getting rid of the wasps yourself, we suggest you wear proper safety equipment and wait until it is dark in the evening so there is less wasp activity. Use only products that are labelled for use on wasps – either a spray or a powder. Don’t try to blast the wasps’ nest with a garden hose or blow torch. Alternatively you could give the professionals at GoPro Pest Control a call for assistance in getting rid of the wasp problem from your property. We’re only a phone call or text away at 250-215-5243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.