If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of wasps near your home, there may be a nest nearby! Because different species of these stinging insects build different types of nests, it is critical to understand how to identify a wasp nest. When it comes to nests, it’s critical to exercise extreme caution. When it comes to defending their nest, many wasp species are extremely defensive. Even if it appears to be abandoned, proceed with caution.
What do Wasp Nests Look Like?
The stinging insects listed below construct various types of nests. They are distinguishable by the following features and characteristics:
- Yellowjackets. Nests are a papery material and have a single opening. The inside of a yellowjacket nest can have up to 100 tiers of cells. Yellowjackets can also build underground nests that can be enormous in size.
- Paper wasps. Their nests famously look like upside-down umbrellas. These nests are often open and can get quite large in size. They are typically supported by a single stalk and consist of a paper-like material.
- Mud daubers. True to the name, these nests are made out of mostly mud. The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes. They are typically found in cracks or crevices.
- Bald-faced hornets. These nests are almost always at least three feet off the ground. They are made of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva. They often grow to be the size of a football or basketball.
Where are Wasp Nests Found?
Wasp nests can be found in a wide range of environments. Paper wasp nests can be found beneath and within structures’ eaves, in attics and wall voids, and in other enclosed areas. Yellowjackets prefer to live near the ground, in hollow trees, under porches, and in a variety of other places. Mud daubers prefer to build their nests in protected areas such as under eaves, garages, attics, or on the sides of buildings. Finally, the bald-faced hornet often builds its nest in trees, bushes, or wooded areas.
How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest?
If you notice a large number of wasps flying to and from a particular area, there is a good chance a nest is nearby. It is never advisable to deal with wasp nests on your own. Certain wasps can sting multiple times and become particularly aggressive when threatened. If you come across a nest, always contact the wasp control experts at Official Pest Prevention.