As summer is approaching, you will definitely notice many insects buzzing outside in your backyard. Wasps are one of the most common insects around this time of the year. If you have noticed signs of a wasp infestation in your house, the next step is identifying the exact location they are coming from and the specific pest you are dealing with. 

There are several different types of wasps and each kind builds their own different nests, which is why it is so important to be able to identify them. It is never recommended to attempt to remove or deal with a wasp nest yourself, even if it may seem the nest is abandoned. It is better to let an expert pest control team deal with the infestation.

Identifying Wasp Nests

Wasp nests can be identified on the basis of three principles:

  • The way the nest looks
  • The size of the nest
  • The location of the nest

Types of Wasp Nests

It is crucial to deal with wasp nests according to their specific type. The main wasp nests found in this region are are the following:

  • Yellowjackets
  • Paper Wasps
  • Bald-faced hornets
  • Mud daubers

Let’s take a look at what these different types of wasp nests looks like:

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jacket wasps are the most common type of wasps that are normally found. They are typically very aggressive and in addition to defending their nests, may also sting unprovoked.

These wasp nests are found in more popular areas such as the cracks in your garage, storage, and walls, and thus can be harder to discover. Yellow jackets can also build their nests underground which can be significantly larger in size. 

Yellow jacket nests have a papery appearance. They have a single opening and can have up to 100 tiers of cells.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasp nests have the appearance of an open honeycomb or an upside down umbrella. Such nests are often built on man made structures such as lawn furniture or eaves. 

SImilar to yellow jackets, paper wasps also have a papery appearance. They can grow to be much larger in size and are normally surrounded by a single stalk. 

Bald faced Hornets

Bald faced hornet nests have the appearance of a large football or basketball. They have a single entrance hole at the bottom from where the wasps can enter in and out.

These nests are normally located about 3 feet above the ground, attached to tree branches, shrubs, or poles. They have thick multi layered shells and can typically have 2-4 horizontal comb cells inside.

A typical hornet nest can house 100-700 workers.

Mud Daubers

Mud dauber nests can be identified by their muddy appearance. These nests are much smaller in size as compared to other kinds of wasps. 

Such nests can be found in cracks and crevices in walls. 

Get Rid of Wasp Nests Today!

Wasps can be dangerous and it is not advised to approach a wasp nest by yourself. If you notice a nest near your house or on your property, or observe more wasps buzzing around than usually, call a professional wasp control service.
If you are in need of a Raleigh Bee and Wasp Exterminator, Stomp Pest Control is here to help. To receive your free quote, call Stomp Pest Control today at (919) 231-3292 or fill out the form below.