Protect Your Home With Champion’s Pest Control Services
Enjoying the outside spaces of your Columbus, Ohio home can be difficult when wasps, bees and other bugs are present. While bees are not usually aggressive, wasps are easily agitated insects that can interrupt outdoor activities and even cause damage to your property. If you notice signs of a wasp or bee infestation, act fast and contact Champion Pest & Termite Control. Our trained exterminators will remove the nest if it’s possible and accessible, provide wasp, hornet and bee removal services, extermination services plus other needed pest control services. Fill out our online form to request a quote today.
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What is a Wasp?
A wasp is a type of stinging insect that’s common in Columbus and the buckeye state. Similar to honey bees, social wasps like yellow jackets, paper wasps and bald-faced hornets build colonies with a queen and workers. Unlike honey bees, however, wasps can sting repeatedly. These easily agitated insects may swarm if their nest is disturbed. While honey bees make honey and bees are hairy, wasps don’t make honey and usually have smooth skin.
Why Are They a Problem?
Although wasps can be good for pest control by feeding off other insects and spiders, these stinging insects can cause problems for you and your Columbus, Ohio home, especially if you are allergic. Attempting nest removal yourself or simply getting too close can leave you vulnerable to stings. While we love and respect bees for the role they play in the environment as pollinators, it’s not ideal to have them living close to your house.
Wasps Can Harm People and Pets
A wasp won’t typically go out of its way to sting you, but it will use stinging as a form of defense if it feels threatened. Additionally, when a wasp or hornet is in distress, it releases a pheromone that causes other nearby wasps to become aggressive. Stings typically aren’t life threatening, but they can be painful, problematic for people who are allergic to venom from this insect, and harmful to pets.
Wasps Can Damage Property
Since a wasp uses wood to build its home, it can chew holes into your wood surfaces, potentially causing structural damage to your Columbus property.
Why Wasps Build Nests on Your Property
Gardens can attract wasps to the outdoor areas of your Columbus, Ohio property. A wasp will also be attracted to food such as fallen apples, juice, and soda, as well as food crumbs and open garbage cans. Once they’ve decided your property is a suitable place to live, wasps will build a nest. These are often located in areas like gutters, near windows, under porches and decks, sheds, garages, and attics. While bees build their nests using a wax-like substance, many wasps build paper-like nests using chewed wood pulp and saliva.
Signs Of A Wasp Infestation
Know What To Look For
Wasps Flying Around
If you notice more wasps flying in a certain area than usual or notice a swarm, there may be a wasp nest nearby.
Since a wasp builds its nest using chewed wood pulp, you may notice holes or tunnels chewed into nearby wood.
Nests Are Visible
Seeing a partially or fully built nest is a strong sign you have a wasp or hornet infestation, or will in the near future.
Wasp Varieties in Columbus
The buckeye state is home to multiple wasp types that vary in size and color.
Most yellow jackets are yellow and black, although they can also have red or white markings. They typically grow to about 3/8 to 5/8” long, and their nests can have thousands of wasp residents.
Wasp Control FAQs
Should I Call An Exterminator For Wasps?
Champion Pest & Termite Control in Columbus, Ohio will inspect your home, locate the bee or wasp nest, identify the type of bee or wasp present, and create a nest removal plan. Our pest control team is made up of skilled exterminators who will provide effective wasp removal service and bee removal service.