Summer means wasps! These common Capital Region pests emerge with warm weather and stick around into the fall. Their nests pop up quickly and can grow quite large if left unchecked. They are aggressive and can sting repeatedly, making them rather dangerous. Let’s get familiar with them:
- Wasps have venom containing a pheromone that makes other wasps aggressive, kind of like a call for reinforcements.
- A male wasp is known as a Drone.
- Drones mate with the Queen and then die shortly after.
- Young fertilized Queens overwinter and then emerge in the spring to build new nests.
- Workers gather food, feed larvae, and protect the nest.
- There are over 30,000 species of wasps.
- A colony can contain thousands of wasps.
- Wasps chew wood fibers to make a pulp which is used to build their nest.
- There are two main categories of wasps: solitary and social. Social wasps include the common paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.
- Wasps feed on insects, nectar, fruit, plants, honey and sometimes human food.
How to Get Rid of Wasps:
Wasps can be very aggressive, especially if provoked or if their nest is threatened. It is highly recommended that you avoid the area around the wasp nest and call your local pest control expert for a proper and thorough wasp treatment.
To discuss wasp treatment and control for your home or business, contact us today. Attention Pest Solutions offers residential and commercial pest control for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.