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THE BUZZ ON GETTING RID OF WASPS & HORNETS

August 10, 2017

Categories: Wasps and Hornets

You're sitting outside.
Yellow jacket wasps ruining a person's meal

You hear a buzzing sound close in.

You catch sight of something yellow and black flying in.

You think RUN!  

With wasp and hornet season upon us, it's easy to think that whatever has flown over is:

In fact, for many (especially those who are allergic), it only takes the sight or sound of a single wasp, hornet or even bee, to spoil an outdoor activity or event.

That buzzing sound, and those colours, do not mean a painful sting (or allergic reaction) is in your near future. 

Wasps & hornets (which are a type of wasp) are categorized as social or solitary. Social wasps live in colonies, are aggressive, and more likely to sting of they are provoked or feel threatened. Solitary wasps, in contrast, are anti-social, less aggressive, and often do not sting. They can sting, and will, if you mishandle them, but mostly they use their stingers for hunting prey.

What many do not know is that of the 30,000 identified wasp species in the world, the vast majority are solitary. Here in Ontario the most common types of wasps include:

All of these wasp species are social, with the exception of the mud dauber wasp, which is solitary. This means that yellow jackets, paper wasps and bald-faced hornets are aggressive, and will sting if provoked or if their nest (colony) is being threatened. The yellow jacket is a concern as it may sting even if not provoked.

Having an active nest around your home, property or buildings is very concerning, espeically this time of year, when wasp and hornet populations are large. In addition to seeking professional help to remove a nest, there are things you can do to help keep wasps and hornets away through wasp-hornet proof your home or business.

Check out our pest library to learn all about wasps and hornets, how infestations can happen, and what you can do to get rid of wasps, and get rid of hornets.

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