As temperatures increase in the spring and summer, so does the activity of bees and wasps. While both bees and wasps play a large role in pollination and our environment, it can be daunting to have nests near your home. Those with allergies need to keep their home free of any nests. In this blog post, we’ll learn how to identify the four main types of wasp nests and provide ways you can prevent wasps from appearing near your home.
Paper wasps create nests that are easy to spot. These nests look like inverted umbrellas and are constructed with multiple entry points. Their open-coned nests are made up of paper-like materials that derive from the wasp’s saliva and chewed wood fibers. Their nests are usually found hanging from eaves, awnings, or tree branches. Because these nests are open, it is common to see developing larvae and pupae inside some of the entryways. If you come across the beginning of a paper wasp’s nest construction, it is best to knock the nest down by using a broom or stick that allows you to stay at a safe distance. If the nest is large and active, it is not advisable to treat these nests without professional help.
Mud daubers are wasps that build tube-like nests made out of mud. These nests are usually found in sheltered areas like garages, sheds, or on the sides of buildings. Mud dauber nests are usually smaller and can have a distinct cylindrical shape. To deter mud daubers from creating a nest near or in your home, seal any cracks or gaps in walls, windows, and garages.
Yellowjackets are social wasps that build nests large enough to hold their whole colony which can consist of thousands of wasps. Yellowjacket nests can quickly pose serious alarm and threat if left untreated, however, when disturbing the nest, it can lead to aggressive behavior. When dealing with yellowjackets, it is best to call the professionals. These papery nests are usually found underground or in enclosed spaces like wall voids. To help prevent these wasps from creating a nest near you, keep outdoor garbage bins tightly sealed, and regularly clean up food and drink spills to avoid attracting wasps near your home. Regular inspections of your home can also prevent yellowjackets from nesting near or in your home. Check areas like wall voids, woodpiles, and other enclosed spaces.
Bald-faced hornets are a type of yellowjacket that make large, football-shaped nests. These nests are usually found hanging from high structures like buildings or trees. These football-shaped nests commonly look like they have many layers and often have a wave-like structure. This feature can help when it comes to identifying the nest. To prevent bald-faced hornet nests, trim overhanging branches and regularly inspect elevated areas around your property.