Virginia summertime is known for its sunny weather and, unfortunately, influx of insects! Wasps are a common summer pest, and their activity can be a nuisance when you’re spending time outdoors. More likely than not, you’ll come across a paper wasp, mud dauber, bald-faced hornet, or yellowjacket this summer. That said, no one wants a nest built on or near their home. It’s important to know how to identify different types of wasp nests in order to know what you’re dealing with. The team at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s has tips on identifying the different kinds of nests you may encounter this summer–read on to learn more!
4 Common Wasp Nests
Many wasps are confused for yellowjackets, but they’re all different in several ways. The easiest way to identify them is to learn what their nests look like:
- Paper wasps
- Look like upside-down umbrellas
- These nests are more open, with cells visible
- They are typically supported by a single stalk and made out of a papery substance
- Found beneath eaves of structures, in attics and wall voids, and in other enclosed areas
- Mud daubers
- Nests are built by female wasps only
- They are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes.
- Typically found in cracks or crevices that are sheltered
- Often found under eaves, garages, attics, or on the sides of buildings.
- Consist of a papery material and have a single opening
- Interior can contain up to 100 tiers of cells
- Also nest underground, sometimes with thousands of members
- Otherwise build nests in hollow trees, under porches, and a number of other areas
- Bald-faced hornets
- Almost always at least three feet off the ground
- Consist of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva
- Can grow to the size of a football or basketball
- Usually in trees, bushes, or wooded areas, but also can be on buildings
How to Remove Wasp Nests Safely
DIY nest removal is never a good idea. Not only could there be thousands of stinging insects inside the nest, they also could be aggressive and sting repeatedly. This is especially dangerous for anyone who is allergic to wasp stings. When you notice a nest forming on or near your home, try to stay away. Always call the wasp removal experts at Ehrlich for assistance and advice. Our team has the experience needed to provide quick, safe nest removal services.
4 Types of Wasp Nests in Virginia in Virginia
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