Wasp Exterminator Columbus Ohio | Champion Pest
What are wasps?
Enjoying the outside spaces of your home can be difficult when wasps are present. While there are many varieties of wasps, the types commonly found in Ohio include the yellow jacket, the paper wasp, and the bald-faced hornet. In addition to the wasps featuring yellow and black stripes, they also come in brown, blue, and red.
Wasps are divided into two categories: social and solitary. Social wasps such as yellow jackets, paper wasps, and bald-faced hornets build colonies. Similar to honey bees, these colonies have a queen wasp and worker wasps.
Unlike honey bees, however, wasps have the ability to sting repeatedly. These easily agitated insects may start to swarm if their nests are disturbed.
Wasps prey on insects like spiders, flies, and caterpillars, and are good at controlling pest populations. They also eat fruit and nectar.
Why wasps build nests
What causes wasps to build nests on your Columbus, Ohio property? Flowers and plants can attract wasps to your gardens or other outdoor living areas. Wasps are also 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 will often be located in areas that provide shelter but still allow access to the outside, such as gutters, near windows, under porches and decks, sheds, garages, and attics. You can usually find a nest’s location by watching the wasps’ flight patterns to hunt down their source.
While bees build their nests using a wax-like substance, many wasps build their nests using chewed wood pulp and saliva. This combination gives the nests a paper-like texture. Paper wasp nests usually only have about 100 wasps, bald-faced hornet nests can have several hundred wasps and yellow jacket nests can have thousands of wasps. Nests are not ideal when you’re trying to enjoy your outside space.
Signs that you truly have a wasp infestation
Wasps flying around
If you notice more wasps flying in a certain area than usual or notice a swarm, there may be a nest nearby.
Since wasps build their nest using chewed wood pulp, you may notice holes or tunnels chewed into wood nearby.
Nests are visible
Seeing a partially or fully built nest is a strong sign you have a wasp infestation, or will in the near future.
Why wasps are a problem
Although wasps can be good for pest control, it’s still preferable to not have them in or around your home, as they can be a nuisance as well as pose a health threat. They can get in the way of working in the yard and other outdoor activities, and even cause damage to your home. Trying to get rid of their nest yourself can leave you vulnerable to stings, as can simply getting too close to their nest.
Wasps cause trouble for people and property
Wasps can cause problems for the people and pets in your Columbus home, as well as the home itself.
Harm to people and pets
While wasps won’t typically go out of their way to sting you, they’ll use stinging as a form of defense if they feel threatened. If you or someone in your home gets too close to a nest or disturbs the nest, the wasps will likely feel provoked, become aggressive, and start stinging. Additionally, when a wasp is in distress, it releases a pheromone that causes other nearby wasps to become aggressive. Wasps can sting repeatedly, so it’s best to stay away from wasps and their nest.
Wasp stings are painful and typically result in redness, swelling, and pain at the site of the sting. They’re typically non-life-threatening, but stings can be problematic for people who are allergic to the wasp’s venom. In this case, people may experience allergic reactions and could even go into anaphylactic shock and require medical attention. In rare cases, stings can cause death. Wasps stings can also be harmful to pets.
Damage to property
Wasps can also cause problems for homes. Since they use wood to form their nests, wasps can chew holes into your wood surfaces, potentially causing structural damage. Wood wasps and horntail wasps are especially problematic when it comes to structural damage. Wasps who build nests inside your home can damage surfaces such as the ceiling.
How to get rid of wasps
Trying to remove a wasp nest on your own is extremely risky, as you make yourself vulnerable to an attack by wasps trying to protect their nest. If you’re determined to get rid of it yourself, be sure to do so at night when the wasps aren’t quite as active. Avoid using a flashlight during nest removal, which can alert the wasps that you’re coming.
Still, do-it-yourself nest treatment and removal isn’t the best plan of attack. Common DIY methods of removing wasp nests include spraying the nest with water, knocking it down with a broom or baseball bat, and burning. However, these are often ineffective and put you in close proximity of the nest – a bad place to be when the wasps become aggressive. Homemade sprays and even store-bought sprays aren’t always effective, either. The best solution for wasp extermination in Columbus, Ohio is to hire a pest control professional.
Professional pest control and extermination
Keep yourself safe and let the professionals take care of your wasp problem. A pest control specialist will inspect your home, locate the nest, and identify the type of wasp present. From there, they will create a plan to successfully remove the nest.
The Champion Pest & Termite Control team is made up of professional exterminators with the skills and experience needed for effective wasp removal and bee removal. Give us a call today.