Similar to other members of Apocrita, wasps have a narrow petiole, or “waist,” which attaches the abdomen to the thorax.
What Do Wasp Look Like?
Adult wasps are regularly 1/4 inch to 1 inch long. Wasps have 2 arrangements of wings and 6 legs. They have reception apparatuses and “squeezed in” or hourglass midsections. They additionally have biting mouthparts (mandibles) to bite prey and other food sources.
Common Hiding Place of Wasp
Common Types of Wasp
Hornets are the largest social wasps pest control professionals encounter. Bald faced hornets have white markings on their head and thorax and build nests that are covered in a papery shell. European hornets are brownish with orange markings, and build their nests in natural cavities like tree stumps, or in cavities within buildings. Though not particularly aggressive while out foraging, hornet stings can be very painful.
Adult paper wasps grow to be 16-20 mm long and tend to have a brownish coloring with yellow markings (although a few paper wasp species have red markings). While their appearance can vary slightly by species, paper wasps have distinctive long legs unlike bees or yellow jackets that have shorter legs.
Yellow jackets have black antennae and shorter legs (relative to the paper wasp). Adult yellow jackets grow to be 10-16 mm in length and feature a black and yellow banded abdomen. Yellow jackets build nests that are surrounded by a papery covering, and are commonly found within wall voids or cavities in the ground.
Facts About Wasp
- Wasps make up an enormously diverse array of insects, with some 30,000 identified species. We are most familiar with those that are wrapped in bright warning colors—ones that buzz angrily about in groups and threaten us with painful stings. But most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging varieties.
- Wasps are close cousins to bees, but are also a separate and distinct species all their own. They are different in appearance and temperament than bees. Most of the types of wasps are social in North America, but there are some solitary and predatory wasps.
The problem of Wasp
- Safety equipment: An exterminator has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE). This fully protects them from wasp stings, ensuring their safety when removing a wasp nest
- Working in small spaces: Pest specialists are trained and qualified to work in small spaces such as your attic. This allows them to successfully remove a wasp nest safely from a property.
- Expert knowledge: A pest control professional has expert knowledge on wasps; they know all about their behavior and instincts as well as how to identify the signs of an allergic reaction to wasp stings.
- Professional products: Wasp exterminators have access to, and are professionally trained to use a variety of pest control products not available to the public. These products are more powerful than any DIY products on the market and have a proven track record of successfully removing wasp nests.