We are now officially in the peak season of wasp, hornets and yellow jacket season. So far yellow jackets appear to be down from last year. Bald Faced Hornets have picked up the slack though. Even though the bald faced hornet is called a hornet, it is actually a yellow jacket, which a wasp. Confused? Don't worry.... All wasp and hornets are wasp, but not all wasp are hornets. Yellow Jackets are a social wasp with a single queen. Bald faced hornets are also known as a black yellow jacket. They are called a hornet because their hive looks like a hornets nest. Which is an aerial hive made with a paper machete "bag" enclosure.
Then there are what we call paper wasp, which some think Bald Faced Hornets are paper wasp. Paper wasp nest look more like an umbrella, hence their common name of umbrella wasp out east and in parts of Europe.
What should you do if you see a Bald Faced Hornets nest in a tree? if high enough up? Not much. As aggressive as they may be, they typically will leave you alone if not bothering them. Unlike the common German Wasp, which is the "picnic bee" see this time of the year. Bald Faced Hornets can see you from over 20 feet away! The German wasp, which is a yellow jacket, can only see clearly a few feet away. Hence the reason why you do NOT want to swat them or flail your arms around. This only helps them zero in on your location. If you disturb either wasp nest? RUN! Fast and in zigzags around objects that they cannot see around.
Bald Faced nest in lower bushes or near play areas can be a real threat. Any loud noise or vibration will excite them enough to attack. We do not recommend treating these your self unless you are very familiar with their behavior. Even at night, if you use a flashlight to see where the entrance of the hive is, they may go after the light......and the hand holding it!
Yellow Jackets are void nesters, their nest is actually the same as a Bald Faced Hornet except usually either in a hole in the ground or a void such as wall void or hollow tree trunk.
If you see yellow jackets entering a hole into your house? DO NOT seal it up or treat with a liquid spray or foam until you confirm where the hive actually is. If the entrance to the hive in not the same as the entrance into your home? No matter how much chemical you use, it will not kill the hive. You will simply either trap them indoors or divert them to another exit point. This time of year their hive is now in excess of 500 wasp. Nothing like 500 plus wasp buzzing around in your basement or living space.
Spectrum Pest Control uses a method they developed over 13 years ago that does not agitate or trap the hive indoors. Even in cases where we cannot find the exact location of the hive.
Just like the plumber adage. If you call us first it is "this much" If you try to treat it first and fail? It is "this much more". If you want to help me treat? Well....... lets just say, I never need help..........
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