Paper Wasp Nest and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal Info


This is a Paper Wasp and a Paper Wasp Nest...

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Here are a few important steps for successful Wasp Control. These steps can be used to manage all species of Wasps

1. Entry Points:
2. Treating the outside your home:
3. Landscaping:
4. Sanitation:
5. Traps and Deterrents:

Entry Points:

One May not be able to seal every hole on your house but you may be able to seal those which are accessible.

Sealing any potential openings around the structure will help.

- Caulking around the base of external lights and outlets.
- Sealing around service wires or pipes entering your home.
- Sealing window frames and door frames.
- Screening brick gaps above windows and around the base of your house.
- Screening bathroom and kitchen vents. Do not screen dryer vents.

Treating the outside your home:

As wasp nests grow, they become more visible and you can see the worker wasps coming and going from the nest, regular inspections can help reveal these nests. Whether the nest is visible or inside a hole, it is best to treat these nests at the early stages.

If the nest is exposed and at the early stages, one my safely treat the nest with an off the self can of pesticide or knock it down with a broom or water from a hose. If you are not comfortable doing this call a Pest Professional. They have the equipment and experience to do the job quickly and safely to remove even the biggest nests.

Landscaping:

Cutting the grass can help reveal wasps that have nested in a void in the ground.

Trimming hedges might expose a nest also, both these scenarios can be dangerous especially when the nest has grown and the wasps become more defensive.

When trimming any hedges, one should tap the hedges with a rake to stir any potential nest before trimming.

Inspecting trees and bushes regularly can help detect nest earlier when they are smaller and safer to manage.

Sanitation:

Wasps such as Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets are not great pollinators but rather opportunistic scavengers, that is why they always show up during a BBQ or picnic. These wasps eat anything available from insects to rotting food in a garbage can.

A few things you can do in your yard:

- Keep your BBQ clean.
- Keep garbage in a container, keeping the container clean.
- Pick up any fallen fruit.
- Remove any rotten piles of vegetation.
- Move your composter to the farthest corner.
- keep out door tables clean.

All these steps will help reduce the transient population, if one wasp finds resources in your yard that worker will transmit that to others in its colony.

Traps and Deterrents:

Wasp catcher:

They will not kill off a colony but will reduce the number of transient and foraging wasp.

Wasp catchers are cheap to perches and or easy to make.

Place the catchers at the corners of your yard and even at the corners of your deck or sitting area, the idea is to surround your outdoor living area.

Fake Hornet nests:

They are just that, they are made to resemble Hornet Nests to deter a Wasp Queen from nesting in that area. Wasps and Hornets tend to dislike each other, Hornets being the stronger and more venomous of the two.

When placing fake nests, try to hang them in areas where you get the most coverage. Hang them off of the corners of your house, off of trees, gazeboes, and even play sets.

There has been a mixed response with this product. Some swear by it and others say it does not work, but since they are very inexpensive most find it worth trying. Remember, you must place the fake nest before Wasp Queens emerge from their winter sleep and start their colonies.

General Paper Wasp Info

Paper Wasp Appearance:

Long body with thin waists.
long legs dangle down while in flight.

Habits:

Search vegetation for prey.
visit flowers for nectar.
less aggressive than yellow jackets.

Nests:

Small multiple-comb nests in shape of upside down umbrella most often attached to eaves of buildings, widow or door frames, fence beams, sheds and just about any other outdoor structure.


This is a Yellow Jacket and a Yellow Jacket Nest.

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Here are a few important steps for successful Wasp Control. These steps are the same as for Paper Wasps above.

1. Entry Points:
2. Treating the outside your home:
3. Landscaping:
4. Sanitation:
5. Traps and Deterrents:

Entry Points:

One May not be able to seal every hole on your house but you may be able to seal those which are accessible.

Sealing any potential openings around the structure will help.

- Caulking around the base of external lights and outlets.
- Sealing around service wires or pipes entering your home.
- Sealing window frames and door frames.
- Screening brick gaps above windows and around the base of your house.
- Screening bathroom and kitchen vents. Do not screen dryer vents.

Treating the outside your home:

As wasp nests grow, they become more visible and you can see the worker wasps coming and going from the nest, regular inspections can help reveal these nests. Whether the nest is visible or inside a hole, it is best to treat these nests at the early stages.

If the nest is exposed and at the early stages, one my safely treat the nest with an off the self can of pesticide or knock it down with a broom or water from a hose. If you are not comfortable doing this call a Pest Professional. They have the equipment and experience to do the job quickly and safely to remove even the biggest nests.

Landscaping:

Cutting the grass can help reveal wasps that have nested in a void in the ground.

Trimming hedges might expose a nest also, both these scenarios can be dangerous especially when the nest has grown and the wasps become more defensive.

When trimming any hedges, one should tap the hedges with a rake to stir any potential nest before trimming.

Inspecting trees and bushes regularly can help detect nest earlier when they are smaller and safer to manage.

Sanitation:

Wasps such as Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets are not great pollinators but rather opportunistic scavengers, that is why they always show up during a BBQ or picnic. These wasps eat anything available from insects to rotting food in a garbage can.

A few things you can do in your yard:

- Keep your BBQ clean.
- Keep garbage in a container, keeping the container clean.
- Pick up any fallen fruit.
- Remove any rotten piles of vegetation.
- Move your composter to the farthest corner.
- keep out door tables clean.

All these steps will help reduce the transient population, if one wasp finds resources in your yard that worker will transmit that to others in its colony.

Traps and Deterrents:

Wasp catcher:

They will not kill off a colony but will reduce the number of transient and foraging wasp.

Wasp catchers are cheap to purchase and or easy to make.

Place the catchers at the corners of your yard and even at the corners of your deck or sitting area, the idea is to surround your outdoor living area.

Fake Hornet nests:

They are just that, they are made to resemble Hornet Nests to deter a Wasp Queen from nesting in that area. Wasps and Hornets tend to dislike each other, Hornets being the stronger and more venomous of the two.

When placing fake nests, try to hang them in areas where you get the most coverage. Hang them off of the corners of your house, off of trees, gazeboes, and even play sets.

There has been a mixed response with this product. Some swear by it and others say it does not work, but since they are very inexpensive most find it worth trying. Remember, you must place the fake nest before Wasp Queens emerge from their winter sleep and start their colonies.


General Yellow Jacket Info

These social insects live in large caste-divided colonies.

Appearance:

Yellow jackets have a shiny black and yellow body and measure 2 to 3/4 inch (12-18 mm) in length.
Stout body with black and bright yellow markings.
The common wasp is 17-20 mm long, and has aposematic colours of black and yellow.

Habits:

Rapid fliers
Aggressive
Capable of inflicting multiple stings and bites
Live in large colonies
Defend nests vigorously.

Nest and life cycle:

Wasp nests are not reused from one year to the next.

The nest is made from chewed wood fibres, mixed with saliva. It has open cells and a petiole attaching the nest to the substrate. The wasps produce a chemical which repels ants and secrete it around the base of this petiole in order to avoid ant predation.

A solitary female queen starts the nest, building 20-30 cells before initial egg laying. This phase begins in spring, depending on climatic conditions. She fashions a petiole and produces a single cell at the end of it. Six further cells are then added around this to produce the characteristic hexagonal shape of the nest cells. The spherical nest is built up from layers of cells.

Once the larvae have hatched as workers, they take up most of the colony's foraging, brood care and nest maintenance. A finished nest may contain 5,000-10,000 individuals.

Each wasp colony includes one queen and a number of sterile workers. Colonies usually last only one year, all but the queen dying at the onset of winter.

New queens and males (drones) are produced towards the end of the summer, and after mating, the queen winters over in a hole or other sheltered location, sometimes indoors.

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