The summer heat is just around the corner, and you know what that means! BBQs, gardening, swimming, Wasps…Wait, what? Unfortunately, fun summertime activities also come with the constant battle of Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow-Jackets. I went to my mailbox yesterday, opened the door to reach in, and out flew a Wasp, making a “Bee” line straight to my face! Thank goodness nobody was there to witness the karate moves I displayed on the side of the road! They’re back again!
There are quite a few differences between Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow-Jackets. Let’s take a look.
Paper Wasps: Probably our biggest complaint amongst our customers and the most commonly seen. These obnoxious Wasps build the paper nest up under our eaves, in our mailboxes, patio umbrellas, BBQ grills, etc. The nest is open and can be the size of a pencil eraser or more extensive. They feed on nectar as well as other insects. They are aggressive and will chase you down!
Hornets: The most common hornet in our area is the Bald-Faced Hornet. Identifiable by their large black bodies and white faces. They build large aerial nests typically attached to tree branches but are also found built along with homes and other structures. Their nests can get quite large and are all enclosed with one entrance and exit. They feed on other insects and pollen but are also attracted to proteins like Yellow-Jackets.
Yellow-Jackets: They are identified by their black and yellow striping and are heavier bodied than the Paper Wasp. They build nests in protected areas such as hollow trees, structures, old rodent burrows underground, or anywhere where there is an opening with space. Interestingly enough, their nest usually only lasts for one season. Each year, the queen will rebuild and start over. It is an aggressive insect and will attack and sting repeatedly.
If you notice that you have any of these stinging insects creating a home in your yard, please don’t attempt to remove them yourself. Our technicians carry suits and are equipped to handle these situations. Whether in Payette or Mountain Home, we service the Treasure Valley and beyond! Don’t put yourself in harm’s way; call Barrier Pest Control today!