Wasp Nest Identification (Infographic)


Wasp nest removal is a task best left to professionals. Wasps will defend their home — even if they’ve built it on your house. However, harmful wasp species can be confused with beneficial ones. this infographic will help you ID wasps.

Terminix Wasp Nest Infographic

1. Wasps sting when threatened - and it hurts.

It can be tempting to investigate if you see a wasp nest. However, like other stinging pests, wasps will attack you if they feel you pose a threat to their nest. Wasps flying around nests should be left alone. Their sting is often more painful than a bee sting — and unlike bees, they won’t die after stinging you once. If you want more information on wasp sting treatment, visit the National Library of Medicine. Consult a medical professional for assistance with any symptoms or reactions.

2. There’s a reason they’re called paper wasps.

Some wasp species construct their nests from chewed wood and their saliva. This results in a wasp nest that looks like it’s made of paper.

3. The type of nest can help ID the wasp.

Paper wasp nests look a bit like umbrellas. They are usually found on the underside of eaves or ledges and may be hidden inside soffit areas or attics. Hornet nests are tear-shaped balls — often found on the side of a building, on a tree or bush. Mud dauber nests are made of mud and are found on the exterior of homes.

4. Yellow jackets are an exception to the rule.

Their nests are often underground (in rodent burrows or under landscaping wood), but they are also found inside walls or homes. It only takes a small hole for them to enter. If you find this type of wasp nest, odds are good it’s a yellowjacket species.

5. Empty wasp nests make great condos.

Other insects often make use of discarded wasp nests for their own, which can complicate wasp nest identification. The list of insect squatters includes carpet beetles, ants and more. To prevent this outcome, you should knock down the wasp nest a few days after it has been treated.

Leave wasp control to the professionals. If you suspect you have wasp nests in or around your home, go online for a FREE Pest Estimate.

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