Wasps, Yellow Jackets and Hornets are members of a group that are called Stinging Insects. These pests should be avoided and become more aggressive as we get into late summer when temperatures are above 80 degrees.
Protecting your property from these pests is very important so call Prevention Pest Control for a free inspection and let us take away the stress of having these unwanted pests.
Wasps, also known as paper wasps, make their nests from paper-like material composed of wood and pant sources mixed with saliva. The nests are umbrella shaped and have a honeycomb appearance. You will find them behind shutters, in the peaks of homes, light fixtures and deck railings. Wasps only sting when they feel threatened, so it is best to avoid them when possible. Wasps do not die after one sting – In fact they can sting multiple times unlike bees.
Yellow Jackets make two types of nests: The most popular is in the ground or they can make aerial nests. Their nest is also constructed of a paper like material but have an inner cone made of hexagon shaped tubes that they cover with a paper-mache like exterior. In Northeast Ohio the most common place to find these pests is in the ground when mowing or under the siding of a homes.
Yellow Jackets are overly aggressive and live in large colonies that can be up to 4,000 workers. In the summer months yellow jackets can swarm around dumpsters and picnics because they are attracted to proteins and sweets. When they sting, they often sting repeatedly. This can lead to an allergic reaction in some people.
The Bald-Faced Hornet is a stinging insect we encounter in Northeast Ohio. Their body is black with white markings on their face, thorax, abdomen and first antennal segment. Their nests can be very large with the average being over 12” long and are constructed like the yellow jackets. Most of the time you will find this nest hanging from a tree branch or stuck on the side of a home.
Bald-Faced Hornets are very territorial, so it is best to stay clear of them. When mowing look to make sure there are no nests hanging on trees less than six feet from the ground. When they sting, they too will often sting repeatedly which can lead to injury or allergic reaction. In our opinion this is the most painful and dangerous of all the stinging insects we encounter in Northeast Ohio.
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