It’s summer so whether you are rooting for the boys of summer, cleaning out the barn, or just enjoying outdoor living, you’ve met a wasp or two. Summer time is wasp time, and while some species of wasp are not aggressive, they all have the potential of turning your daily life into a painful experience. Yes, most female wasps have stingers.
Vespid wasps, those are the ones with the folded wings, and include species that we all fear – yellowjackets and hornets. Paper wasps are also part of the vespid family.
Vespid wasps are a social wasp, and for those of us around Bryan, Texas, that means trouble. You might see a single wasp, and maybe you kill it. Not a good move. If there are other wasps nearby, they might investigate the crime. Wasps communicate by pheromones and one of the reasons that wasps swarm and attack is because of an aggregate pheromone. When you squish one, they release their aggregate pheromone, and that can set off a chain reaction.
Wasps Do not Ask Politely, They Simply Attack
When you are near their nest, social wasps such as vespids get a little excited. As soon as they see you, they begin to fly out of the nest. If you are lucky, they are just checking things out to make sure that you are not a threat. If one of them releases the aggregate pheromone, they all come out of the nest. They are not polite and will not ask you to leave. They simply attack.
Wasps Can Kill Small Pets
Wasps that are defending their colony kill small animals, pets, and can seriously wound children. If you are allergic to wasp venom, then it might only take one sting to cause a life-threatening emergency. If not, it takes around 2,000 wasp stings to kill you. Yes, people have died from wasp stings.
Killer Bees Are a Bigger Threat than Are Wasps
There are many types of insects that use venom. Wasps just happen to be the group that most of us recognize immediately as a threat. In Texas, there are also killer bees. Beekeepers who were concerned about honey bee colony collapse crossbred native honey bees with African honey bees. Sadly, that process made the bees highly aggressive, and those Africanized bees are known as killer bees.
Wasp and bees can easily become your worst nightmare and a serious home pest problem. Never attempt to evict wasps or bees from your home or property. The risk is just too high. Around Bryan and College Station, Texas reach out to the experts at Swoboda Pest Control we have the expertise and the proper equipment to help keep your home and property protected from wasps, killer bees, and other home pests.
Why call an expert pest control to handle wasps?
By mid- to late-summer, yellow jacket colonies can reach as high as 10,000 plus wasps. That’s a lot of angry wasps. In early- to late-spring, honey bees are swarming. Never approach a swarm of honey bees. It is impossible to tell the difference between normal honey bees and Africanized honey bees. Instead call us for safe, quick removal of bees and the elimination of wasps.
Proper management of your yard, helps to reduce the threat of wasp colonization. If you have concerns about wasps, just give us a call. Swoboda Pest Control is your local pest control solution.