Wasps are very interesting insects. Like their counterpart the bee they play a part (though significantly smaller) in pollinating flowers, however, they also feed on insects as well. If a wasp sets up a nest in your trees, eaves, or even in crevices in your foundation they can be a very ominous pest to deal with. Milford wasp control is geared at keeping these threats out of your cracks, crevices, and most importantly – keeping their stingers out of your skin.
What Do Wasps Like to Eat?
Some wasps, similar to bees feed on nectar from flowers, fruits, and vegetation. Some types of wasp prey on insects. Wasps are omnivores by nature. This is why they believe they are welcome at your backyard grill out. Wasps are very territorial critters and will get very aggressive when they are protecting their nests and food sources. This is true even if that food source is YOUR burger that YOU cooked.
The most common food exchange with paper wasps and yellow jackets comes between the adults and the brood. The developing larva is dependent upon protein deliveries from the workers. A worker catches their insect or arachnid prey and delivers it to the comb. The larva devours it and gives the worker a sweet secretion in exchange. This exchange keeps the workers motivated to continue caring for the young. Since we know that wasps are mostly evil at heart, we should not be surprised they are quick to want to skip the work and go straight for our coke.
4 Popular Types of Wasps in Milford
1. Paper Wasp
These are likely the most commonly found around homes throughout town. They love our eaves, gutters, and anything overhanging that will protect their paper mache nests from destructive rain. Though less aggressive than some of their relatives, they are still plenty defensive of their nests and food. Ideal Milford wasp control for paper wasps starts early in the season addressing queens coming out of overwintering spots before they get settled. Keeping their food population down is also a key component.
2. Yellow Jacket
These wasps are noted by their black and yellow markings and can be often seen congregating near areas where humans are. They develop high populations quickly and follow each other to food sources. They are often seen flying toward their nests in a line. You can also identify them by the way they hover side to side around potential food sources.
Yellow jackets nest slightly different than the paper wasp. They oftentimes create their nests underground, in holes in trees, and they can even nest in the cracks and crevices of your home. They can be very aggressive and attack with a very painful sting when threatened.
3. Bald Face Hornet
The bald face hornet has a black body with an off-white face and off-white markings along its body. These pesky critters can grow to be larger than one inch long. When they are larvae, they are fed insects, however, once they reach adulthood, they feed on a combination of insects and nectar.
These wasps like to build paper-based nests hanging from trees or built into bushes. In some cases, they may utilize the eaves of your home. They are very protective of their nest and they will attack when threatened with a very painful sting. Milford wasp control for bald-faced hornets (despite the hornet in their name, they are a wasp) must include nest location and removal.
4. Cicada Killer
These wasps are very large and can grow to be over two inches long. As their name suggests, they specifically hunt for cicada, but they can feed on other insects as well. They tend to burrow underground which makes finding their nesting site difficult to find. Cicadas use their stingers for hunting their prey more than as a defense mechanism. They are less aggressive despite their size, but they will fight back if you decide to take a run at them.
Step by step Milford Wasp Control
Carefully Take Down Their Nests
Wasps are territorial by nature and will get aggressive when their nest is threatened. Tackling the nest at night can be beneficial since they will have more of the population gathered at that time. They also tend to be less active, but the downside is your visibility is hampered. Be careful and wear gloves and protective eyewear for protection.
Know Where They Live
Wasps can create nests in lots of different places depending on species. They can create nests hanging from trees and eaves of homes. Some species will create their nests inside trees or underground. Most importantly some types will create nests inside cracks and holes in the sides of your foundation. Accurate identification of the species of wasp will help determine where to start the hunt. If you aren’t sure which wasp (or wasps – oftentimes we have more than one type of wasp hanging around our homes and businesses) you have, reach out to one of Rove’s wasp identification experts.
Call for Fackup
Milford wasp control requires solid preparation combined with an awareness of wasps’ aggressive nature. If you find that you are uncomfortable dealing with these flying harpoons, call a licensed professional pest controller like the wasp wizards at Rove Pest Control