Wasp nests are very common in spring and summer months. While many homeowners focus on mosquito control during the hotter summer months, wasps can be just as active. For many homeowners a walk around the exterior of the home would produce a wasp next or two along the eaves of the house. Wasp nests are made of chewed wood that provide their paper walls. A mud dauber uses clay or mud, but wasps use wood. In the spring a queen wasp will build her nest and populate it with eggs. These wasps turn in to workers that take over the upkeep of the nest the remainder of the season.
If a nest is left alone, by mid-summer a wasp nest can reach the size of a basketball. Thankfully, we don’t see that everyday, but it is possible. If you are seeing a lot of wasps, you can watch them and locate where they return to. Chances are that will be where their nest is.
When you check for wasps around your home, the obvious places are usually very visible. The eaves of the house, overhanging parts of the roof or under a porch. These places are all very common for wasps to build nests. A place you may not think to look is under your existing bushes and landscaping. A bush that has overhanging growth, or has been trimmed to have that design can provide a nice home for a wasp nest. The picture to the left is a photo taken under a bush at a home of one of our clients. The nest is not very large, but it was hidden under a bush and could not be seen by simply looking at the landscaping. This wasp nest has a few wasps working on it, maintaining it and building on to it.
It is best to have your property treated for pest control early in the year to help prevent wasps and other insects. If you are a current customer of ours, we spray routinely throughout the year. If you are not a current client, call us today and we can come out and take care of any pest control needs you have. From wasps to raccoons and mosquitoes, we cover a full range of pests.