The occasional wasp sighting isn’t always a big deal. Unfortunately, these pests can live together in nests, leading to large infestations. Being able to identify an infestation early can make it easier to get rid of these stinging pests. Check out four signs that warn of a wasp infestation.
1. Wasp Sightings
Spotting wasps is one of the best ways to know if you have an infestation. Paper wasps have a narrow body and range in size from 5/8ʺ-3/4ʺ. They are dark brown with yellow markings. Yellow jackets are black and yellow, and slightly smaller than paper wasps. Hornets are the largest of all wasps, about 1ʺ in size, and look similar to yellow jackets. Wasp species have long legs and a thin waist. Seeing one or two wasps doesn’t always indicate an infestation. It could be an isolated incident. However, finding several of these pests in your home or yard can warn of an infestation.
2. Wasp Nest
If you notice a wasp nest on your property, you could be dealing with an active infestation. Paper wasp nests have a paper-like appearance. They are gray and shaped like an umbrella. Nests are built in sheltered areas including bushes, trees, under eaves, in attics, and garages. Yellow jackets are known to also build nests underground, so look for nest holes in the ground. A mature nest can contain 1000s of wasps, so you’ll want to be careful when searching for them. Depending on its location, a nest could be tricky to find. Hornet nests are large, up to 2 feet in length, and egg shaped. They’re often found under the eaves of buildings. Some species build nests in wall voids or tree cavities.
3. Wood Damage
A paper wasp and hornet’s nest is made from chewed wood and saliva. These pests will sometimes take wood from objects found on your property. You may notice small holes in trees, fences, firewood, and the exterior of your home. You’ll want to be on the lookout for other signs of wasps since other pests can cause damage to wood.
4. Buzzing Noise
Like other bugs, wasps can make noise. Sometimes you’ll hear these pests before you actually see them. Their buzzing will typically be loud and consistent if an infestation is present. The more wasps present, the louder the noise will be. If wasps are constructing a nest in wall voids or attic spaces in your home, there’s a chance you’ll notice a tapping noise too.
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