Even though wasps are very similar to bees, the two are nothing alike. Unlike bees, wasps are predators that seek out and eat other insects. Not only do they seek out other insects, if we happen to provoke them, they are more likely to become violent when compared to bees. It’s important to understand the unique characteristics of these pesky creatures to get a better understanding of what you’re dealing with. If you need wasp control in Phoenix, contact Rove Pest Control today.
Popular wasps in Phoenix, Arizona
Even though there are over 4,000 types of wasps in the United States, there are only a few social wasps that are really considered to be pests. Three of these social wasps that are popular in Phoenix include: paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets.
Adult paper wasps have black or very dark-brown bodies with distinct yellow markings. These types of wasps have slender bodies and distinctly long legs that hang behind them as they fly.
These types of wasps can often be found in gardens as they enjoy the nectar of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
Paper wasp nests are built from chewed up wood fibers, which is turned into a pulp that allows them to create the distinct, hexagonal design, often resembling an upside-down umbrella.
Most paper wasps are considered beneficial as they do help control other pests and assist in pollination. However, when provoked, they can deliver painful stings, and some people may experience varying degrees of allergic reactions.
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Similar to paper wasps, yellowjackets are yellow and black, but they have shorter legs and stockier bodies.
These types of wasps are fantastic scavengers and can often be found swarming around trash cans, picnic tables, and searching for human food.
Yellowjackets prefer to make their nests inside trees, shrubs, soil cavities, and rodent burrows, they can even be found inside man-made structures such as the foundation of your home.
Unfortunately, these wasps can become very hostile when provoked and it’s possible for them to deliver multiple stings due to the fact that their stinger does not separate from their body. Similar to paper wasps, an allergic reaction of varying degrees may be caused by the sting of a yellowjacket.
Bald Faced Hornets
Popular to contrary belief, bald faced hornets are not a true hornet, but a species of yellowjacket wasps. You can identify these hornets by their distinct black and white head.
You can usually find their nests in the eaves of your home, bushes, trees, overhangs, and around large rocks.
The bald faced hornet prefers a diet of live insects and likes to watch it’s prey struggle for its life.
Bald faced hornets are easily agitated and very aggressive. If we stray close enough to their territory, they will not hesitate to attack. As with the other two wasps previously mentioned, an allergic reaction of varying degrees may be caused by the sting of a yellowjacket.
You do not want to mess with bald faced hornets around your home, contact the wasp control experts and Rove Pest Control.
What should I do if I’m stung by a wasp?
If you already know that you are allergic to wasp stings, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
If not, we suggest washing the area with soap and water to remove the venom, apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain, and place a bandage over it to prevent infection.
If you want to avoid getting stung in the future, give our experienced wasp control team at Rove Pest Control a call and let us diagnose what kind of wasps you’re dealing with. We’ll create a custom pest control plan and teach you how we can prevent it from happening again.