Summer is just around the corner in Northern Utah & Southern Idaho, and the weather is finally warming up! Unfortunately, wasps are fans of the summer just like you! Wasps notoriously ruin backyard barbecues, picnics, hikes, and more. There are more than 4,000 wasp species in the nation, but there are three common wasps in particular to keep an eye out for during the summer. It can be difficult to identify wasps on your own, making it best to always enlist the help of a professional pest control company. The team at Rentokil have gathered important info to know about common wasps in the summertime–keep reading to learn more.
Most Common Wasps in the Summer
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 are dangerous, especially when someone tries to knock one down without a professional pest control company. Yellow jackets will not bother you unless they feel threatened, in which case they may sting repeatedly*.
Paper wasps build papery nests that can take the shape of an upside-down umbrella. These nests often hang from tree branches and twigs, as well as porch ceilings and door railings. Paper wasp nests typically contain anywhere from 20 to 30 wasps. Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, but they may sting to defend their nests. A paper wasp sting is known to be especially potent and dangerous*.
Just like 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.
* If you are stung by a wasp and are having a severe reaction, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately.
Preventing Summertime Wasps in Your Yard
Wasps may be attracted to your yard for several reasons. They tend to show up at outdoor events when food and drinks are left in the open, and can hover near unsealed trash cans. In your own property, regularly look under porches, decks, ceilings, and the sides of your home or business to look for nests in the summer. Take caution and always contact a professional if you do spot a nest. Never swat at wasps to avoid making them more aggressive and likely to sting.
Summertime Wasp Control
If you’ve done all you can to prevent yellow jackets, mud daubers, or paper wasps and still have spotted nests forming, it’s important to always contact a professional pest control company. At Rentokil, our wasp removal services are quick, safe, and effective.