Here’s how to get rid of wasps: run the other way…

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…and then give us a call.

Season: Wasps appear in May through October in New England.

Disease profile: Stings may cause allergic reactions in humans that range from local pain and swelling, to more severe reactions such as shock and excessive swelling of the throat, requiring immediate medical attention to treat.

Appearance: Paper wasps, a common category of this pest, are three-quarters of an inch to an inch long, and are black or brown with yellow markings on the abdomen and thorax. Don’t mistake them from yellow jackets, which are technically bees. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps because of the appearance of their nests.

Signs of paper wasps: Look for small nests with usually only one opened layer pointed downward on the eaves of houses, under window ledges, behind window shutters, under pool decks and other well-sheltered areas. The nests are papery in appearance, built with plant material and saliva. Don’t remove a nest without consulting a pest control specialist first, they can get aggressive if threatened, and their stings are quite painful. Trust us on this one.

PAPER WASP BIOLOGY

Paper wasps live in colonies with a queen that lays eggs, and worker bees. The eggs are laid in the hexagonal cells which also serve as safe homes for larvae while they grow.

ASK 603 PEST

“What do paper wasps eat?”

They feed on nectar and other insects, like caterpillars, flies and beetle eggs.

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