What To Do About Paper Wasps Invading Your Anaheim Yard
June 27, 2022 - Wasps
Although they're only dangerous when provoked, paper wasps can unleash a highly aggressive attack if they believe their habitat is in danger. For this reason, getting rid of a wasp nest on your property is extremely risky. One false move, and you could become the victim of a very painful encounter.
What Paper Wasps Look Like
Effective wasp prevention begins with proper identification. There are hundreds of paper wasp species throughout the world, and you can find 22 of them in the United States. These wasps get their name from the paper-like nests they create. They are very similar to other stinging insects like yellowjackets and hornets and live in small colonies. Paper wasps are between 5/8" and 3/4" in length. They're brown with yellow markings, and some may have red markings. They have a thin, taped "waist," six long legs, and two antennae.
Paper wasps are omnivores and feed on everything from nectar to insects like flies and caterpillars. These insects build their nests in the springtime when they emerge from hibernation. Their nests look like upside-down umbrellas, and you can commonly find them hanging from tree branches and patio ceilings. If they make their way indoors, they build nests in doorways, under railings, and in rafters in the attic.
Why Paper Wasps Are Attracted To Your Home
Paper wasps are attracted to homes for several reasons. Cracks and crevasses in your walls make the perfect place for wasps to spend their hibernation periods and potentially start building their nests. Wasps are also attracted to protein sources, so you may find them flying around your grill or outdoor dining areas. If your property already has an infestation of insects they like to feed on, wasps will find the readily-available food source attractive. These insects also feed on nectar, making them attracted to the flowers in your garden.
There are several ways to prevent wasps from infesting your property. Here are some tips to try:
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Repair all holes and cracks in exterior walls.
- Store garbage in cans with locking lids.
- Cover compost piles.
- Plant wasp-repelling plants around your home, like marigolds, basil, and mint.
- Throw away food scraps and keep your grill covered.
You should never attempt to take down a wasp nest by yourself. Work with an exterminator with paper wasp nest removal experience, like A1 Bonded Termite.
Why Are Paper Wasps Aggressive?
Homeowners who attempt paper wasp removal themselves may endure a furious attack. Paper wasps are extremely territorial and will defend their nests at all costs. In fact, they might rebuild their nests in the exact same place if it gets destroyed. These insects will most certainly attack anyone who comes within their defined boundary or if they believe you are a threat.
Paper wasp attacks are twice as dangerous because of their capability to both sting and bite. In addition to their painful, venomous stings, they use their powerful jaws to bite at the same time, causing intense discomfort in their victims. Paper wasps also retain their stingers after they attack, allowing them to sting the same victim multiple times.
How To Properly Deal With Paper Wasps
The best way to get rid of a wasp nest is to rely on a professional with experience, like A1 Bonded Termite. Our team of experienced exterminators is trained in the latest techniques and has been a trusted source of Anaheim pest control for over 40 years. We'll make sure we completely remove the paper wasp nest, so these pests stay off your property for good. Call us today to learn more about how we can help keep your home wasp-free.