Here’s How to Identify a Wasp Nest
Wasps are a very common insect in the summertime here in the North Bay and East Bay Area. While they are a normal part of our environment, they can become a hazard when they build their nests on the sides of buildings. When they are defending their nests, certain types of wasps can be aggressive and dangerous. For that reason, it’s important to practice extreme caution around wasps. However, it’s also important to know how to identify them. The team at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control is here to provide you with all the information you need to know about wasps in our area.
All About Wasp Nests
Here in the Bay Area, we are home to many types of wasps. The four most common ones you’ll come across include mud daubers, paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, and, of course, yellowjackets. The main things to know about these wasps and their nests are:
- Mud daubers
- Female wasps construct their nests out of mud.
- The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes.
- They are typically found in cracks or crevices.
- Tend to build their nests in sheltered areas, including under eaves, garages, attics, or on the sides of buildings.
- Paper wasps
- A paper wasp nest often looks like an upside-down umbrella.
- These nests tend to be more open, and can get quite large in size.
- They are typically supported by a single stalk and made out of a papery substance.
- Nests can be located under and within the eaves of structures, in attics and wall voids, and in other enclosed areas.
- Bald-faced hornets
- These nests are almost always at least three feet off the ground.
- They are made of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva.
- They can grow to the size of a football or basketball.
- Builds its nest oftentimes in trees, bushes, or wooded areas, but they also can be on buildings.
- Nests are a papery material and have a single opening.
- The inside of a yellowjacket nest can have up to 100 tiers of cells.
- Yellowjackets can also build underground nests that can be enormous in size.
- Favor areas near the ground, in hollow trees, under porches, and a number of other areas.
Wasp Nest Removal
Before you go trying to knock down a wasp nest on your own, it’s important to realize that certain types of wasps can be very aggressive and will defend their nest by stinging you repeatedly. For this reason, it’s best to never approach a wasp nest in the first place. Always contact the wasp control experts at The Hitmen for help with quick, safe nest removal.