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January 23, 2023

How To Get Rid Of Paper Wasps On Your Charlotte Property

Paper wasps, despite being beneficial to the ecosystem by consuming nectar, decaying fruit, and certain insects, can pose threats to humans due to their potent venom, especially when they feel threatened. Recognizing the signs of their nests, often built on man-made structures, is crucial. Preventive measures can be taken, including planting flowering plants away from homes, trimming trees and shrubs, maintaining waste management systems, and using plants with wasp-deterring scents. However, if a paper wasp problem is detected, professional assistance from Aruza Pest Control is advised to safely and effectively remove the nests

Paper wasps are similar to yellow jackets as both insects have a distinct body shape with the appearance of what looks like a “waist” in the middle. Paper wasps are yellow and brown in color, and some species of paper wasps can even have red markings. These stinging pests have six legs, wings, antennae, and are ⅝ to ¾ inch long.

dozens of paper wasps on their nest

While paper wasps can be easily mistaken for yellow jackets, a few key things set them apart. Paper wasps have orange antennae, where yellow jackets’ antennae are black. A paper wasp’s legs will dangle during flight while a yellow jacket tucks its legs up under its body while flying. Yellow jackets are generally more aggressive than paper wasps.

Paper wasps nests are often built on man-made structures, under eaves, in doorways, or under porches. They are more easily spotted than those of yellow jackets who build their nests in shrubs and trees and the ground. Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like material they use to build their nests.

The Ups & Downs Of Paper Wasps In Charlotte

Paper wasps can be beneficial to our ecosystem. They eat nectar, decaying fruit, and some insects such as caterpillars and flies. This helps cut down on the overpopulation of these sometimes damaging insects. As helpful as these wasps can be in your backyard, they can also be quite harmful.

Paper wasps are mostly docile until they feel threatened. Their venom is potent, and once stung by a paper wasp, you are susceptible to a potential allergic reaction. If you get stung by a paper wasp, immediately wash the area with soap and cold water and elevate the area if at all possible. If the pain worsens or breathing is affected, seek medical help as you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction.

Six Steps You Can Take To Deter Paper Wasps From Settling In Your Charlotte Yard

Paper wasp nests are easier to detect than yellow jacket nests as they are often built where we can easily see them, and they will build their nests in areas that provide a decent food source for them and their colonies. You can help deter paper wasps from settling down in your backyard by taking these six precautions:

1. Plant flowering plants away from your home.

2. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed back.

3. Keep lids on garbage cans, recycling containers, and compost bins.

4. Avoid overwatering plants.

5. Inspect your home regularly for signs of paper wasp nests.

6. Consider planting plants that deter wasps. Citronella, wormwood, mint, and eucalyptus are all scents wasps will avoid.

These steps are helpful in preventing paper wasps before they settle in, but will not be enough to eliminate an existing nest.

Paper Wasp Removal In The Charlotte Area

As with most stinging insects, you should never try to remove the nest by yourself. If you suspect a paper wasp problem near your home, contact Aruza Pest Control today. We will come and inspect your home and your yard. Once we have determined where the paper wasp nest is, our trained pest control professionals have the tools to effectively and efficiently rid your home of this potential hazard. In addition, we can offer tips on how to prevent paper wasps from returning. Call today for pest control in Charlotte.

Ian Gunn

Graduated from UNC Charlotte, Ian Gunn is an expert in all things pest. After receiving his bachelors of science, he got a job offer with Aruza Pest Control and assists with marketing, networking, and occasionally doing some pest control of his own!

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