What’s Up with Wasps?

By now you have probably heard of the Murder Hornets, and if you are like some, any winged pest that can sting is on your kill list. But have you taken the time to get to know what sets these bugs apart? Let’s take a look at the wasp today!

 

THE GOOD!

Much like Bees, a Wasp is a pollinator. A pollinator is an animal/bug that moves pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma of a flower. This helps to bring about fertilization and creates healthy gardens and beautiful flowers. While your first inclination is to kill them as quickly as possible, wasps do serve an important role in our ecosystem.

In general, a wasp’s diet consists of plants, small insects, honey and nectar. The Mud Dauber is even a known predator of spiders.

THE BAD!

Wasps do have a bit of a bad reputation, and for good reason. Wasps do not lose their stinger and are able to sting multiple times in one landing. This sting is known to be really painful and for some can cause anaphylactic shock. Wasps do tend to be more aggressive than other stinging insects. When they feel threatened or get injured, they are known to release a pheromone signaling for help from their nest. This can cause other wasps from the colony to become more defensive and aggressive.

There are several types of wasps in Texas, including Yellow Jackets, Paper Wasps, Cicada Killers, and Mud Daubers. Different types of wasps vary in aggressiveness. For example, Mud Daubers tend to be fairly docile, while Paper Wasps are quite aggressive.  Aggressiveness is also highly related to the protection of their nests. They are less likely to sting when encountered away from the nest. But they will defend their home with their lives. Thus most stings happen in close proximity to nests.

HOME SWEET HOME!

If you live in Texas, you have more than likely encountered a wasps nest in or near your property. Wasps tend to build their nests in the eaves of your home, gutters, shrubs, and if they can get into your home your walls and attic. Nests are made out of a variety of substances. For example, Paper Wasps make their nests from a substance similar to paper by chewing up wood to a pulp and binding it with its saliva. Mud Daubers, however, take mud from the ground to create their nests. Some wasps live in colonies that form self-contained communities, each following a caste order of queens, males, and workers. Some, like the Mud Dauber, are more solitary.

PROTECT YOUR HOME!

Our top four tips for protecting your home against wasps!

  1. Remove Paper Wasp nests from eaves and bushes near your home by attaching a soap dispenser to a garden hose to knock it down from a distance. Once the nest is down, leave it for 30 minutes or more until wasps have abandoned it. USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN HANDLING NEST.
  2. Remove Mud Dauber nests with a long stick or broom handle. Then use a hose to wash the remainder from the wall.
  3. Caulk  small spaces on the exterior of the house (e.g. between brick and eave, door frame., around windows) where wasps could get in.
  4.  Contact Kolibri Pest Services to remove nests and inspect your home for other vulnerabilities!

If you are currently looking for a Honest, Effective and Reliable Pest Control Service we are here for you and look forward to having you become part of our Kolibri Family. Please feel free to contact us at 972-217-7151 or through our website! Keep an eye out for our next blog with helpful hints, tips and so much more!

 

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