What To Do About Wasp Nests On Your Charlotte Property
December 18, 2020
Wasps are always on the lookout for a new place to call home, and if your Charlotte property catches their eye, they’ll occupy your yard, porch, or patio as quickly as they can.
A wasp nest near your home can be dangerous, frustrating, and very difficult to remove. These aggressive insects are territorial and willing to protect themselves with painful, venomous stings.
A wasp nest on your property is a serious matter, but with a little knowledge and the right help, you’ll know exactly what to do about wasp nests on your Charlotte property.
Common Wasps In The Charlotte Area
While there are thousands of different wasp species, there are a few that are most common in the Charlotte area including the European paper wasp, Northern paper wasp, and German yellowjacket.
- European Paper Wasp: European Paper Wasps are among the least aggressive wasps and typically only sting when their nest is disturbed. They look similar to yellow jackets but tend to have a slightly longer body. These critters like to set up their nests in yards, gardens, or any area with lots of foliage. European paper wasps do serve an essential role by preying on caterpillars and other insects that harm gardens, but they have no place close to your home, especially if you have small children or pets.
- Northern Paper Wasp: The Northern Paper Wasp is identified by its yellow legs and the cinnamon-colored markings on its abdomen. The entire colony takes on the attitude of one aggressive queen wasp that calls all the shots. This type of wasp likes to set up shop near areas where there’s plenty of wood to be found. They’ll often build their nest right above your doorway, making them one of the more frustrating species of wasp.
- German Yellow Jacket: Often mistaken for the common honeybee, German Yellow Jackets are one of the more aggressive species of wasp. Unlike many wasps, the yellow jacket is attracted to sugar and proteins, so leaving behind a mess after a family bbq can be an open invitation for the German Yellow Jacket to join in the fun. German Yellow Jackets make their nests in attics, crawlspaces, or in the cracks and crevices of your home or building.
Where And When You’ll Find Wasps Nests
Wasp Nests are made from saliva and chewed pulp, giving them a paper-like look and feel. Wasp nests usually resemble a balloon made of paper with swirls on the outside. They can range in size from a golf ball to a football and sometimes larger. Typically, the larger the nest, the more wasps you can find within its walls.
Nests can be found in several places where wasps can find a suitable place to hang their home including:
- Bird Boxes
- Above doorways
- Roof Spaces
- Wall cavities
- Sheds and Garages
Just about any space that is enclosed and provides direct access to the outside will serve as a potential nesting area for wasps.
Wasps love our warm Charlotte summers, which means you’re most likely to find wasps between May and September.
What To Do If You Find A Wasp Nest
If you find a wasp nest, the best course of action is to contact a professional. Many people try knocking them down or spraying them with household chemicals, but this is a huge mistake.
Wasps become most aggressive when their nest is disturbed, and even if the nest appears empty, it could still be occupied with a colony of angry wasps looking for revenge.
Make sure everyone in your home and surrounding areas are aware of the nest to avoid any incidents. Also, you’ll want to keep an eye on the nest from a safe distance to confirm whether it’s active or dormant.
How Aruza Pest Control Can Help
Aruza Pest Control provides Charlotte’s premier wasp control service. We have years of experience preventing, controlling, and exterminating wasps in a safe, eco-friendly, and efficient manner.
Our years of expertise have taught us how to think like these pesky critters. That means we can spot potential nesting spots long before wasps get a chance to.
Our organic bi-monthly residential pest control programs are an easy, hassle-free way to make sure wasps and many other pests stay away from your home. Reach out to us today to speak with an expert about our wasp control options!