The warm days of Summer are coming near, which means the time has come to “Wasp” out for stinging insects!
There are over 4,000 varieties of wasps in the United States; thankfully they are not all present in Wisconsin!
The lifespan of a wasp is typically a few months to no longer than one year. Wasp queens, although, can live for several years.
Wasps are mostly active during the day, and return to their nests at dusk.
Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow “waist”.
The Paper Wasp is one of the more common Wisconsin Wasps, and its sting can be very painful, and wasps, unlike bees, can sting repeatedly.
More about the Paper Wasp:
Paper wasps have smooth bodies. They are usually dark brown with yellow markings. Their body can be up to three-fourths of an inch long with slender waist. When flying, can be recognized by two rear legs “hanging down”
Paper Wasps nests are made of paper-like combs and found hanging under eaves, door frames, soffits, deck rails, roofs, porches, trees, shrubs, etc. They are very protective of their nests. Their nests are not reused, new colonies begin each Spring.
Paper Wasps are scavengers and prefer proteins – spiders, small insects and small animals
When dealing with any wasp nest, it is best to be safe and to call a professional for help.
Safeway Pest Management can help with any stinging insect problem you may be having.
Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.