The hot winter and spring have resulted in a significant rise in wasp activity. It can be a nuisance to see wasps outside or near your home. There is a significant amount of information about wasps that you might not be aware of, even though many people know of them and their harmful and painful sting, so pest control becomes necessary.
Wasp species in Idaho
Wasps of the following species are most prevalent in Idaho:
- Mud dauber
Wasps, known as mud daubers, construct their nests from mud. They range from dark brown to black and are around 1.5 to 2 inches long. They are not hostile, and their sting does not injure people.
- The paper wasp
One of the most prevalent wasp species in Idaho is the paper wasp. They are about an inch long and come in red, brown, or black colors. Paper wasps use chewed-up wood fibers to construct their nests. The nests are typically located beneath eaves or elsewhere in protected locations.
- Cicada killer
Wasps are known as “cicada killers” and feed on cicadas. They can grow to be 2 inches long and are big wasps. They have a dark brown head, thorax, and abdomen with distinguishing yellow stripes. Although their bite can be uncomfortable, they are not hazardous.
Yellow and black wasps are known as yellow jackets. They construct their homes on the earth and are about a half-inch long. Aggressive yellow jackets are infamous for their painful stings.
- Wasp infestation symptoms
Look for these typical indications of a wasp invasion if you believe there may be a wasp nest close to your home:
- Wasps flitting into and out of a building’s entrance.
- A nest that can be seen on a building’s façade.
- Flying wasps near garbage cans or even other food supplies.
- It is crucial to act to get rid of the wasps if you notice any of these symptoms before they turn into a bigger issue. It is preferable to avoid wasp stings if at all possible because they can be uncomfortable and lead to significant reactions in some people.
Methods for disposing of wasp nests
You may do several things to eliminate wasp nests, but these remedies should only be used for minor infestations.
- To remove the nest, use a vacuum with a hose attachment.
- To remove the nest, blitz it with a power washer.
- Apply pesticide with caution to the wasps’ hive using insecticide.
- Nevertheless, if you own a sizable nest, kindly refrain from attempting to treat it on your own. It is better to approach a specialist.