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Preparation for Wasp or Hornet Treatment
- Do not attempt to remove nests yourself, it will help if we can treat them while most of them are all in it.
- Try to eliminate fallen fruit and refuse which will attract wasps.
- Sealing holes and other potential sites may help prevent nesting.
- Once a nest is established do not seal the hole until after treating and there is no more activity.
- Generally, there is no need to vacate the premises; however, it is advisable to avoid the immediate vicinity of the nest for at least 24 hours.
- We will need to treat nest at dusk or shortly after as this will reduce the chance of stings due to the lack of activity by the wasps and hornets at this time.
The large, gray, paper nests, shaped somewhat like a football and located in trees and shrubs are the product of this hornet species, not of honey bees. Each nest starts new in the spring and is enlarged as the colony becomes more populous. In the fall, the nest is at its maximum size. Only the queens overwinter by hibernating. Meanwhile, the nest is ruined during the winter by birds and other animals, often seeking the remaining larvae in the nest. The nest is not used the following year.
These insects are most often confused with honeybees, appearing at first glance or in flight to be the same size and color of the Italian race of honey bees. But yellow jackets are somewhat more slender and have definite black and yellowish bands on the abdomen.
Yellow jackets usually nest in the ground or along foundations. They often are encountered by the homeowner while trimming shrubs, mowing or weeding. The nest is also a paper nest and is located several inches to a foot underground.
Polistes wasps are long-legged and slender with a spindle-shaped abdomen. They are reddish or brown in color. They often are seen flying up and down outside walls on sunny days in the fall and spring of the year. During the fall, they are seeking shelter, while in the spring they are looking for a nesting site. Polistes wasps build paper-like nests with only one layer of cells facing downward, appearing like a section of honeycomb. Quite often the nests are located under the eaves or protective overhang of a building. These wasps also use attics, barns and garages as nesting locations. As do other wasps, the polistes abandon their nests in the fall and the mated females are the only insects to overwinter.
Mud daubers are solitary wasps. Each female constructs her own clump of mud cells. There is no worker caste. In spring, young adults come out of their nests (where they have overwintered as resting larvae) and mate. Each of the females then starts to build a mud or clay nest. First she builds a cell. Next, she catches about 20 immature spiders, paralyzes each with her sting as she catches it, and stores it in the cell. Then, she lays an egg on one of the spiders and caps the cell with clay. She repeats this until she has built six to 20 cells (one nest). She may then build a second nest in another location. When her nest is finished, she leaves it and does not return. The larvae hatch from the eggs and begin feeding on the paralyzed spiders. In a few days, they spin cocoons and change to pupae. The pupae change to adults in about two weeks.
These are actually good to have around in my opinion because they aren’t aggressive and help control the spider population.
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