Residents of Oklahoma are no stranger to a variety of different wasps infiltrating their gardens, barbecues, or outdoor gatherings. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing high numbers of these pests, there is a good chance of a nest nearby. To compound this problem even more, a mature wasp nest could house thousands of individual wasps – each willing to protect their home and colony mates at all costs aggressively.
Emtec Pest Control highly advises against homeowners and business owners attempting DIY methods when wasp nests are found because they can be extremely dangerous when agitated. Our technicians are trained on the best ways to deal with wasp infestations and can often help find other nests that the property owner may not even be aware of. When wasp removal is required, Emtec Pest Control can help ensure safety remains a priority.
Locating Wasp Nests
Being able to locate a wasp nest is often the first step in a successful removal. Under normal circumstances, a queen wasp will build a small nest in the spring and lay her first eggs. A nest is made from chewed wood to house these eggs – giving them a distinct papery wall. The only exception to this is species like mud daubers that use mud or clay to construct their nests. Once the eggs hatch, the hatchlings develop into workers that take over nest building for the rest of the season.
These workers can build a substantially sized nest by mid-summer, often reaching the size of a basketball or larger. If the nest is near a home and has reached this size, it should be reasonably easy to locate. If the nest isn’t immediately noticeable, it is vital to take the time to observe flying wasps to see where they go. If the nest is in the attic or wall, seeking the assistance of a professional exterminator is recommended for safety.
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Identifying Wasp or Hornet Nests
Wasp and hornet nests can often be found in various locations, including garden sheds, behind roof eaves, and behind shutters. When a nest is found, correctly identifying it can help determine the risk in the removal and determine the most appropriate steps for removal to be successful and safe. Some of the common types of wasp or hornet nests that can be found in Oklahoma include:
- Paper Wasps – Paper wasps often build nests that are open and exposed. These nests can become exceptionally large during the spring and summer and will often resemble an upside-down umbrella. In some instances, paper wasps will build nests on top of old nests and make it look like a reused nest.
- Yellowjackets – A paper-like cover surrounds the nest of a yellow jacket colony. These types of nests are often found in cavities within the ground or within wall voids, sometimes leading them to venture indoors. Yellowjackets are most aggressive in late summer and will attack in large numbers if threatened.
- Mud Daubers – If a nest resembles clay or mud, it will likely be the home of a mud dauber. Unlike the hanging nests the previous wasps make, mud daubers will construct tubular mud shoots in masonry, timber or stone. Like other wasps, mud daubers can be highly aggressive if they feel threatened.
No matter what wasp or hornet species you are dealing with, it is crucial to understand the danger level with DIY removal and treatments. As soon as a nest is disturbed, these pests will begin to attack unless they are disabled or treated simultaneously. For those with an allergic reaction, this could be a potentially fatal problem. If possible, wasps and hornets should be avoided at all costs, and professional removal is always recommended.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.