By now, you have probably heard about the Asian giant hornets that are the size of your thumb spotted in Washington State this past December. Their enormous stingers carry a powerful venom that make these huge hornets extremely dangerous to humans.
These hornets, known for ripping off the heads of honeybees by the thousands, are a long way off from those of us on the east coast. Thankfully, that is one less thing for us to worry about this season.
However, their smaller counterparts have arrived early to Long Island this year. The wasps, hornets and yellow jackets have awoken. We decided educating our readers a little about these bothersome pest might be useful.
While wasps do have beneficial properties, no one wants to live with them in their homes.
Both yellow jackets and hornets are a subset of the wasp family. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets have a smooth skin and four wings. However, both wasps and yellow jackets have narrow waists, while a hornet is larger and has a thicker waist. Yellow jackets have bright yellow markings.
Yellow jackets, especially despised, because they are an aggressive social wasp that can track a target and sting multiple times. If you run over a yellow jacket hive with a lawn mower, run for your life as they literally will gang up on you. If you are allergic, this can be a big health concern.
Yellow jackets are often confused with bees, which are fatter, less brightly colored and look fuzzy because they have hair. In the bee family, only the honeybee stings. Only once, as when they do sting, they lose their stinger and die.
Like any pest, the main draw for them to your home is a search for food. A number of foods; meats, sugary drinks, gardens, spiders and other insects attract wasps.
During spring and summer, wasps will build nests around the eaves, entryway doors and windows. Any covered location protected from rain is vulnerable.
Wasps can also enter your home through attic spaces, vents, chimneys and unsealed cracks. These nest or hives can become incredibly troublesome, especially when the wasps become agitated. Hornets have large enclosed nests that hang from sturdy perches, while you will find yellow jacket nests below ground.
Trying to get rid of hornets or other stinging pests on your own can be risky. Done improperly, you can end up stung. The Bug Stops Here Pest Control specialists know where to find the nests and how to best deal with them. Our specialists will get rid of the wasp, hornet or yellow jacket nest while taking your family and pets into account. We will be sure to get rid of wasps, hornets or yellow jackets at the right time of day. The Bug Stops Here specialist will use the right treatment options to thoroughly remove the nest for good.
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