The response heard round the yard! Some of the most common pests in Oakdale yards during the summer are wasps and hornets. Known for the sting they leave when they cross our paths (or, more than likely, when we cross theirs…), wasps and hornets can become a pesky nuisance if left to pick and choose where they nest in our yards. Whether it’s during a family BBQ or while the children are playing in the back yard, wasps and hornets are experts at ending the party early.
Wasps, Hornets & Bees…Are They The Same?
Fat chance! They are not the same, other than they all have the potential to sting! There are a few significant distinguishing factors that will help you tell the difference between wasps, hornets and bees. Wasps and hornets appear to be smooth-skinned and shiny. The body of wasps and hornets are slender with a narrow waist and cylinder-like legs. Bees appear to have a hairy-looking body that has no waste and is much thicker.
How Do Wasps & Hornets Survive Oakdale Winters?
Great question right? How do they survive our “frozen tundra” winters? Wasps and hornets have annual colonies that last only one year. In the fall, a new queen will mate with a male. Then as temperatures begin to dip and after the rest of the colony dies, the new queen seeks refuge from the winter conditions. Places like loose bark on a tree or space in the siding of a home provide adequate protection for the queen to settle down and become dormant. Once temperatures begin to rise in the spring, the queen will emerge from her winter slumber and seek a place to build a nest and set up a home for the summer!
Wasps & Hornets; Keep OUT!
Naturally, though wasps and hornets are interesting creatures, most of us want to keep them away from the places we frequent, like our homes and yards. There are few things you can do to stop wasps and hornets from deciding to build a nest around your home and yard. Be careful removing an active nest; wasps and hornets will sting when feeling threatened or provoked. Instead, call your local Rove Pest Control Technician. Treatment of an active wasp and hornet nest starts with proper identification. There are several kinds of wasps and hornets in Oakdale. Rather than trying to figure it out yourself, let a Rove professional take care of it for you!