Unlike bees, wasps come in a wide variety of colors (yellow, brown, blue and red), have pointed lower abdomens and a thin waist separating the abdomen and the thorax. Another way to distinguish these two pests is by observing how they look; wasps are smooth and shiny whereas bees have hair.
How to Tell if You Have Wasps
In addition to a higher number of wasps around your home or yard, the best way to find out if you have these pests on your property is by spotting a nest. These papery-looking nests are often in holes on the ground, inside hollow trees or your home’s eaves, roofs and wall cavities.
What if you spot a nest? Make sure you avoid it as they can be very defensive when its disturbed. In fact, when one is attacked they release a chemical that attracts other wasps, so it’s best to leave it alone and call someone that can help with pest control.
How to Deter Wasps in Your Home
- Keep food inside – especially protein and sugar.
- Close garbage can lids.
- Hang a crumpled paper bag up; because wasps are so territorial, they won’t make one where there’s another one.
- Make sure your home is sealed.
- Repair loose awnings and siding.
- Avoid wearing bright colors and strong perfumes.
How We Help With This Type of Pest Control
A wasp treatment is done on a case-by-case situation due to the vast areas they tend to build. For this type of pest control, we’ll come to your home to assess the situation and recommend next steps.