Young Environmental Solutions… Takes The Sting Out of Yellow Jacket and Wasp Control
Late Summer and Fall is the time when the nests of bees and wasps reach their peak size. They have been busily building their nests all summer and their population sizes are now at a maximum
Yellow Jackets are probably the most common of all wasps. They build the typical football shaped nest that you see hanging from tree branches and under the soffits of houses. They will also build their nests in the ground, stumps, wall voids, attics and a host of other often unexpected places. Nests begin from a single queen each spring and completely die at the end of the season. They are not used again the following year.
Bald Faced Hornets
Bald-faced hornets are black and white and are larger than most yellow jackets. Wasp nests can get quite large. Nests consist of a single queen and sterile females that are the workers. In the late summer, new queens and males are produced which leave the nest and mate. The queens then try to find places to over winter. Those that survive will start a new nest the following season.
Paper wasps are large, dark wasps with long legs that dangle when they fly. They build open nests that resemble small upside down umbrellas and are usually found up in the soffit and dormer areas of houses. They often build nests in garden sheds and occasionally liven up the first barbecue of the season by building under the lid. My record is removing 64 nests from a single house. Paper wasp numbers can become quite large, as the queens tend to overwinter in the attic and build their nests on the same house next year.
Most daubers build the mud nests that you often see stuck on the side of the house or under the eaves. These are solitary wasps and are often shiny black or blue in color.
Control can often be a hazardous undertaking for the novice: resulting in painful stings, allergic reactions and in some instances even death. That’s why it’s important to call the professionals at Y.E.S. when you want the threat removed in a safe, environmentally responsible, timely and cost effective manner.