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There are several varieties or species of wasps in North America, including the yellow jacket, hornet and paper wasp. Colours range from black to combinations of black with yellow, white or brown markings. The slim, winged body measures 10 to 19 mm (l/2″ to 3/4″). All wasp species have chewing mouth parts and the females possess a stinger.

Wasp Identification

The most common species in North America are the yellow jacket, hornet and paper wasp. All wasps have chewing mouth parts and females possess a stinger.


Wasp Habitat

Colonies consist of queens, workers and males. Wasp nests can be found in and around buildings on the upper casing of windows, verandas, gazebos, under eaves, ceilings, attics or in trees and shrubs. Several varieties of wasps build nests underground. They are also found within building wall voids.

Wasps are attracted to sweet smells like flowers, fruit, rotting fruit, rotting vegetables, juices, ice cream, soft drinks, beer and deodorant, cologne and perfume.

Wasp Life Cycle

The queen lays all the eggs. Most eggs develop into sterile workers. Late in the season, the queen produces eggs which develop into queens that will establish new nests the following spring. An average of 1,000 to 3,000 eggs are laid per nest which hatch and develop on daily basis. Only the new queens survive the winter while the rest of the colony dies off when weather becomes cold. The queen overwinters under loose bark or in crevices and lays eggs in the spring to start a new colony.

Wasp Prevention

Whenever possible 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 make sure there is no more activity. If you seal the hole the wasps can develop nests in the wall voids.

Preparation Steps for Wasp Treatment

  • Your AR Pest Control technician will inject a pesticide directly in the nest to kill all stages of the insect present in the nest. If possible, your technician will remove the nest. Wasps that were not in the nest at the time of the treatment will return and will re-enter the nest and they will die. If the nest has been removed the late those wasps will typically leave the area.
  • 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.

Are wasps hazardous to humans?

YES. A wasp sting, is very painful and can prove serious and sometimes fatal. If you suspect a reaction to a wasp sting report to your nearest hospital immediately.

Do all wasps sting?

Only the queens and workers possess a stinger, Normally the stinger is used to kill prey on which wasps and their larvae feed, but they will sting animals and humans if provoked.

Do wasps cause damage?

NO. Wasps are considered beneficial because they feed on flies and other insects. However, because they are attracted to sweet substances such as fresh fruit and juice their presence can prove to be a nuisance.

When are wasps most common?

During summer and early fall months when workers are foraging for food. They become more aggressive in the fall as their food sources are eliminated as the weather becomes cooler.

When am I most likely to see wasps?

Wasps are most active during the daylight hours.

Where do you find wasps?

Nests can be found around buildings on the upper casing of windows, verandas, gazebos, under eaves, ceilings, attics or in trees and shrubs. verandas, under eaves, ceilings, attics or in trees and shrubs. Several varieties of wasp build nests underground.

What are their breeding habits? Do they multiply quickly?

The queen (female reproductive) lays all the eggs. Most eggs develop into sterile workers. Late in the season, the queen produces eggs which develop into queens who overwinter will establish new nests the following spring. An average of 1,000 to 3,000 eggs are laid per nest which hatch and develop on daily basis.

Do wasps die off in cold months?

Yes. Only new queens survive the winter, while the rest of the colony dies off in cold weather. The queen overwinters under loose bark or in crevices and lays eggs in the spring to start a new colony.

Can weather conditions affect the size of a wasp infestation?

Yes. An abnormally cold, wet spring or hot, dry summer can influence the size of a wasp colony.

Can I do anything to prevent wasp activity on my property?

Yes. Always try to eliminate fallen fruit and refuse, which 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.

If I have wasp nests on my property what can be done to eliminate them?

Your AR Pest Control office has products developed for the control of pests such as Wasps. Due to the potential danger from a Wasp sting, it is advisable to contact an AR Service Representative.

You can contact us toll free at 1 (855) 670-7378 or info@arpestcontrol.com

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