Have a Wasp, Hornet or Yellow Jacket Problem?
All stinging, flying insects are not equal. Take for instance wasps and bees. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are often predatory and many of them can sting multiple times, often without provocation. Bees, on the other hand, are mainly pollinators who sting only when they have to. While both may frighten you, wasps are the ones that you should be most concerned about if they invade your home or yard.
There Are Advantages to Having Wasps Around
While the sight of yellow jackets, hornets and wasps may concern you, you should stop to consider whether the wasps will bring benefits to you. For instance, like bees, wasps are pollinators. They also act as a natural pesticide, as their predatory or parasitic nature eliminates plant-eating pests and other insects. But to know which ones are beneficial and which ones are more likely to cause harm requires you to first identify which wasp species you are dealing with.
At All Pest Control in Portland, we are knowledgeable of the wasp species that live in Oregon, including:
Yellow jackets are the most common wasp insect. They are black in color with prominent yellow stripes. They like human food such as meat and sweets, but generally feed on other insects. They typically build their nests underground. Generally, yellow jackets are not aggressive unless provoked.
Hornets, specifically bald-faced hornets, are the more vicious and aggressive stinging pest in our area. They are larger than yellow jackets and are predominately black and white (or a very pale yellow) with very little visible hair. The most distinguishing sign of a hornet is a large, oblong-to-ball shape nest hanging in a tree or bush. Bald-faced hornets require no provocation to attack—they will if they feel like it, making them much more of a risk.
Paper wasps make their nests from chewed up plant fiber and saliva. You often find these nests under the eaves of houses or on tree branches. They are attracted to sweet plant nectar and prey on other insects. They are often solitary, and only attack if they feel threatened.
If you have a wasp’s nest in or near your home that is interfering with your daily activities, call us. We can help you correctly identify which wasp species you are dealing with and what next steps you should take.
When Wasp Presence Proves Problematic
If your wasp infestation has you concerned, whether due to high numbers or a nest located in a high-traffic area, we recommend you call an experienced wasp control professional at All Pest Control Company right away. With our 40-plus years of combined experience, we know how to deliver safe hive or nest removal services that will make you feel at peace in your own home.
Free Estimates on Wasp, Hornet and Yellow Jacket Extermination Services
To find out more about how All Pest Control Company can help you with your wasp infestation, call (503) 968-5950 or contact us online. Our local, family-owned business is here to provide you with professional stinging pest control services at a fair price.