Wasp Nest Characteristics
Here in Vancouver BC, we are used to dealing with a lot of insects in the summertime. One of the most common are wasps. Although these stinging insects are beneficial to the environment, they can become a real nuisance when they build their nests on or near properties. But did you know different wasps build different types of nests? it’s important to learn how to identify wasps through their nests in order to recognize potential nesting sites on or near your home. The team at OnSite Pest Control is here to provide expert info on wasp nest characteristics to help.
Most Common Wasp Nests
In our region, we are used to seeing a variety of wasps. Namely, mud daubers, paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, and, of course, yellowjackets! Here’s what to know about these nests:
- Bald-faced hornets. These nests are almost always at least three feet off the ground. They are made of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva. They often grow to be the size of a football or basketball.
- Yellowjackets. Nests are a papery material and have a single opening. The inside of a yellowjacket nest can have up to 100 tiers of cells. Yellowjackets can also build underground nests that can be enormous in size.
- Mud daubers. Solitary female mud daubers build nests out of—you guessed it—mud! The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes. They are typically found in cracks or crevices.
- Paper wasps. Their nests famously look like upside-down umbrellas. These nests are often open, and can get quite large in size. They are typically supported by a single stalk and consist of a paper-like material.
When Do Wasps Build Nests?
Queen wasps typically begin to build nests in the late spring, usually in April. This is the time of year when certain queen wasp species awaken from the winter and begin nests. Once the queen wasp has chosen a location and built the nest, the queen will lay her eggs inside. After that, the larvae will be fed until the colony starts to grow in size. Nests typically become full size in the late summer. By the time summer ends, many colonies outgrow their nest or hive and begin to swarm–this is when they are most commonly seen.
How to Safely Get Rid of a Wasp Nest
In general, it’s never wise to attempt to remove a wasp nest on your own. Stinging insects can become quite aggressive when it comes to defending their nest. Some species are capable of stinging repeatedly, which is why it’s simply safest to always enlist the help of a professional wasp control team such as OnSite.
Wasp Nest Characteristics in Vancouver BC
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