Everything You Should Know About Paper Wasp Control In Yakima County

In the spring and all the way through to the fall, wasps can become a major nuisance and a safety risk in your yard. Paper wasps may not be the most problematic species of wasp that could settle into your yard, but they’re still a stinging insect that deserves caution and consideration.

Unfortunately, people frequently underestimate wasps and fail to see them as one of the more dangerous pests to deal with alone. Pest control in Yakima County is the safest way to deal with paper wasps. Keep reading for more information on these dangerous backyard pests.

What Do Paper Wasps Look Like?

The paper wasp has some variations according to the area of the United States where it originates. In Washington, the European paper wasp looks quite different from the black paper wasp common in other parts of the country. On first seeing this species of paper wasp, you may assume it’s a yellow jacket, as they look quite similar.

Probably the most distinct difference between the two is the paper wasp’s yellow antennae and legs. The paper wasp also has a thinner, more oval-shaped abdomen than the yellow jacket’s more drop-shaped abdomen. They do, however, have very similar black and yellow coloration. The paper wasp also commonly has yellow spots not present on the yellow jacket.

Another common identifier for paper wasps is their nest. This species gets its name from the chewed cellulose with which they craft their nests, essentially making them into paper. Paper wasp nests in Yakima county are upside-down umbrella-shaped nests in which you can see all of the combs. Yellow jackets commonly build their nests underground. So above-ground nests are more likely to belong to paper wasps.

These similarities make it difficult to distinguish between the two species. One important difference is that paper wasps are much less aggressive than yellow jackets. To be safe, always approach and identify these stinging insects with caution.

How Dangerous Are Paper Wasps?

In terms of stinging insects, paper wasps are not as dangerous as some of the more aggressive species. However, they are stinging insects capable of causing pain or allergic reactions in those who are susceptible. While they’re not as territorial as other stinging insects, this doesn’t mean it is safe to approach their nest or attempt to get rid of them yourself. If you threaten them or their nest, you are at risk of being stung multiple times.

Five Paper Wasp Prevention Tips

Wasps are carnivorous, but they have a significant sweet tooth. Wasp prevention, therefore, mostly comes down to taking away easy access to food, water, and harborage. To prevent paper wasps in Washington, try these five tips:

1. Cut your lawn often. Wild, overgrown lawns attract lots of small insects that wasps prey upon.

2. Get rid of excess moisture. Having leaks, puddles, or standing water will also draw in wasps and other pests.

3. Keep outdoor trash in a sealed container. Wasps will come for your trashed soda bottles and sandwich meat.

4. Screen off covered areas. Your roof, tree limbs, and patios are optimal places for hanging wasp nests.

5. Don’t plant cool colored flowers. Stick with warm tones in your garden, which are less appealing to stinging insects.

Practicing pest prevention should keep your home and yard safe. However, if you’re dealing with an active wasp problem, you need help now. Wasp removal, in this case, is a job best left to the professionals.

The Safest Form Of Wasp Control

Don’t be the person that takes a baseball bat to a wasp nest if you value your safety. Leave wasp control and nest removal to the professionals at Prosite. Without a doubt, the best way to get rid of wasps in Yakima County is with our comprehensive outdoor inspection and treatment.

After identifying and treating your existing pest problem, we can advise you on the risks in your home and around your property that attract pests and allow them inside. In addition to our treatment plan, your work with us to maintain your home can ensure a pest-free residence for years to come.

At Prosite, quality service is a guarantee proudly backed by our satisfied customers and the trust of our community. Let us be a part of your home’s protection plan, and call Prosite today.

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