A Useful Wasp Prevention Guide For Your Warren Yard
August 21, 2022 - Wasps
Summers are a wonderful time of the year to relish the outdoors. Most of us enjoy a gentle breeze complemented by the warm afternoon sun as we relax outside on the porch or deck. The presence of a wasp can quickly disrupt our comfortable moment in the sun.
As these flying, stinging pests begin to pass by our heads, our instinct is to run for cover. In a moment, these insects have caused our relaxed bodies to go into an adrenaline-fueled fight or flight mode. If you don't want wasps to ruin your time in the sun, you need the Warren pest control service of Maple Lane Pest Control. Our team of qualified, trained experts will end the nightmare of wasps at your Warren home.
What Are Wasps?
Wasps are insects in the Hymenoptera order and the Apocrita suborder. Distinguishing features setting them apart from ants and bees, who are also in the same suborder, are their physical and behavioral characteristics. The bodily distinctions of wasps include:
- Slender waist (petiole)
- Smooth, almost hairless, legs and body
- Stinger on most wasps
Wasps are invertebrate anthropods meaning they have no backbone and possess a segmented body with jointed legs.
From a behavioral viewpoint, wasps can be predators or parasitic. Predatory wasps prey on other insects. Whereas parasitic wasps paralyze an insect, lay their eggs on or in it, and when the eggs hatch, the newly born wasps feed on the stunned host, ultimately killing it.
The 200,000 species consist of two basic types of wasps: social and solitary. Social wasps, which comprise about 1,000 species, live in colonies with other wasps and a queen. Social wasps create a new nest every year and will sting when their nest is disturbed. Of the 20 species of social wasps in America, social wasps in the Warren area include:
- Yellow Jackets
- Paper Wasps
- Common Wasps
Solitary wasps do not build colonies and live alone in isolated nests consisting of only the female raising her young. Solitary wasps are not aggressive and sting only to apprehend prey. Solitary wasps in Michigan include:
- Mud Dauber Wasps
- Crabronid Wasps
- Cicada Killer Wasps
- Potter Wasps
The Warren area is home to both social and solitary wasps, and both types can be a nuisance around your home in the summer. In addition to their slender waists and almost hairless, smooth bodies, wasps possess the following characteristics:
- Kidney shaped eyes
- Pointed body and waist
- Stingers only on the female wasps
- Small hind wings and larger forewings
- Longitudinally folded wings when resting
- Mouthparts capable of biting and chewing
Wasps do not produce wax; instead, they use wood pulp to create a substance resembling paper by chewing weathered wood fibers and mixing them with their saliva. Social wasps use paper-like material to build their nests above ground, while solitary wasps usually build their nest below ground level.
Some Wasps Can Be Dangerously Aggressive
The females are the only wasps that sting, and a female wasp can sting her victim multiple times. The following are the most aggressive wasps:
- Yellow Jackets
- Paper Wasps
Yellow jackets are social wasps that live in large colonies of up to 5,000 individuals. In Warren, these predatory wasps, which live in bushes, shrubs, trees, and under awnings, are the most active in August. When their nest is disturbed or threatened, they will descend en masse on the perpetrator.
Perhaps the most aggressive wasp is the hornet. Hornets build nests inside trees, underground, and near gutters. When threatened, the hornets will attack as a group with penetrating stings that can puncture protective clothing.
Paper wasps are social wasps that live in a paper nest resembling an upside-down umbrella. They build their nests under eaves and porch ceilings. When disturbed, they will attack and can sting multiple times.
Five Environmentally-Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips
To reduce the possibility of being stung, here are five prevention tips to keep wasps from taking over your Warren property:
- Fix tears in window screens.
- Seal cracks with a silicone-based caulk.
- Keep porch doors closed.
- Cover any food when eating outdoors.
- Avoid wearing strong fragrances.
These tips for wasp prevention in Warren will keep wasps away once our team has removed wasps nests from your property.
A Practical Solution To Effective Wasp Control
Removal of wasp nests is dangerous. Our qualified, trained team at Maple Lane Pest Control is the best solution for safe wasp removal from your Warren property. Contact us today, and we will eliminate the wasps from your property.