Answering The Bay Area's Commonly Asked Wasp Questions

Paper Wasps nest.

Wasps are known for building their nests on Bay Area properties. While these pests are rarely aggressive unless they believe they are in danger, your family and pets are still at risk of getting stung when they build a nest in your yard. It's important to remove attractors from your property to deter these pests from taking over your space. Read on to learn more about wasps and how to keep them away.

What Are The Typical Dynamics Of Wasp Nests?

The various types of wasps in the Bay Area build their nests in unique ways. Here is a list of the different wasps, along with how to identify their nests.

  • Yellow jacket: These nests look like they are made out of paper and have a single opening. They can grow to be quite large, and you can also find them underground. Yellow jacket nests can contain up to one hundred different cells.
  • Paper wasp: A paper wasp nest looks like an upside-down umbrella. You will commonly find them hanging by a single connection to a porch ceiling, barn, or garage. Paper wasps also make these nests from a paper-like substance.
  • Bald-faced hornet: These stinging pests make their nests out of saliva and chewed wood. Their size is comparable to a basketball or football. You will usually find bald-faced hornet nests hanging at least three feet from the ground.
  • Mud dauber: The mud dauber builds its habitat out of mud tubes arranged parallel to each other. Their nests look like miniature organ pipes with several rows of tubes. Mud daubers prefer to nest between cracks and small spaces.

If you discover a wasp nest on your property, don't try to remove it by yourself. Contact an expert in wasp removal, like Bay Pest Solution.

Are Wasps Attracted To The Trees In My Lawn?

Fruit trees especially attract wasps. Yellow jackets and paper wasps especially enjoy nesting in fruit trees and feeding on their fruit. Ripe fruit that falls from trees is a major wasp attractor. Fig trees, in particular, are one of the biggest attractors of wasps. In fact, fig trees depend on pollination from wasps to survive and bear fruit. A fig wasp lays her eggs inside of a fig, which in turn pollinates the flowers inside of it. Other plant species that attract wasps include spearmint and fennel.

What To Do About A Wasp Inside My Home?

The best way to keep wasps away from your home is to remove attractors from your property and make it difficult for them to get inside. Try implementing these simple wasp prevention techniques today:

  • Repair or replace any broken window and door screens. Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • Keep compost piles covered.
  • Store outdoor garbage in heavy-duty containers with locking lids.
  • Fill holes in the ground with dirt or cement.
  • Do not store pet food outside.
  • Clean up outdoor eating areas immediately after eating.
  • Thoroughly clean your grill after each use and keep it covered. 

If you have wasps on your property, attempting to get rid of them on your own could result in painful stings and a trip to the emergency room. For tough infestations, rely on high-quality wasp control services from Bay Pest Solution.

Wasp Control Made Easy For Bay Area Residents

The best way to get rid of a wasp nest is to contact the experts. Bay Pest Solution has been a trusted source of pest control in the Bay Area since 1979. Our highly trained exterminators will work closely with you to come up with a customized plan to keep wasps away from your property. You may also schedule follow-up services to ensure these bugs stay away for good. For more information or to set up an appointment, give us a call today.

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