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What Are Wasps?

Contrary to popular belief, wasps are a species of flying insect that do not fit into the same category as bees or ants. They are actually members of the Hymenoptera family, in the suborder Apocrita. They are characterized by their extremely aggressive behavior, parasitic or predatory nature, and their narrow waists or petioles that attaches their thorax and their abdomen. Most wasps have very few, if any, hairs on their body, and not all wasps are equipped with stingers.

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Are Wasps Dangerous?

Wasps are known for their extremely territorial and aggressive behavior toward any perceived threat to them or their nests. While the majority of wasps are solitary, some wasp species are social insects, meaning they depend on each other to keep the members of their colony fed and protected. These wasps will often defend their nests with extreme aggression, targeting and stinging the individual threatening their nest in massive numbers. Unless you’re allergic, one or two wasp stings will result in nothing more than a couple painful, red welts, so if you come into contact with an angry solitary wasp, you should be fine. But if you’re unfortunate enough to disrupt a social wasp colony, you're not going to be so lucky. If you are attacked by multiple wasps or have an allergy to their stings, it could be potentially fatal. Additionally, wasps’ stingers will remain intact when they sting their victims, which gives them the ability to sting repeatedly if they are trying to ward you off. Caution should be taken if you spot these stinging insects on your property.

Why Do I Have Wasps?

Wasps will use just about any sheltered area to construct their nest, whether that be under a deck, on the underside of a stairway, or inside a garage, attic, or shed. Most wasp species are simply looking for a safe area to quietly build their nests or colonies and avoid being disturbed. If you have wasps on your property, it may be because your property provides them with enough food, water, and shelter for them to thrive and grow their populations.

How Can I Prevent Wasps?

Dealing with wasps on your own is never a good idea. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong if you are not properly trained, don't use the right products or strategies, and don't have the proper protective gear needed to remove wasps.

How Insect IQ Can Help Get Rid Of Wasps

At Insect IQ, our pest experts here at Insect IQ have the protective gear, equipment, and products needed to remove the wasps on your property! To remove wasps from residential and commercial properties, our team here at Insect IQ will perform an inspection of your property to locate any stinging insect nests, create a plan to remove them, and then eliminate them in a safe and eco-friendly way.

Don’t try to remove wasps on your own when you can have an affordable, highly-trained team with the required tools and know-how to do it safely do it for you. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services or if you have any questions about our wasp removal and treatment services, reach out to us at Insect IQ today!


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