Wasps Facts: Habitats and Habits

There are about 2,500 species of wasps known to inhabit North America; only about 50 can sting at all.  Only female Wasps and Bees can sting.  Unlike bees, female wasps have the ability to sting a target multiple times because their stinger does not fall off after use. What we call a stinger is actually a modified ovipositor, the hollow tube through which female insects deposit eggs.  Most wasps use it for that purpose alone.  Some species employ the tube to bore holes in the tree bark or other vegetable matter in which to lay eggs. Only a handful of wasps are also capable of injecting venom through their ovipositors, and thus a painful sting. Most Wasps are mild-mannered loners, solitary wasps that keep their distance from man and use their venom only to stun spiders, caterpillars or other insects with which to provision their nests. Except when mating, they live their lives alone.

When the queen emerges from hibernation in the spring, she dines on flower nectar to restore her strength, then selects a nesting site and begins to build a nest dissected into cells. The queen lays an egg in each cell.  A week to three weeks later, they emerge as adults.  The first brood and most of the subsequent broods are sterile females, workers who take over nest building and all other duties except egg lying, that’s the queens’ job.  In her single-season lifetime, a queen hornet or yellow jacket may lay as many as 25,000 eggs.

To avoid contact with Wasps

May we suggest that you never work in the yard or garden wearing yellow or white, since these colors attract insects. Many insects cannot see red, making it a good color to wear when working in the yard. You should also minimize wearing perfumes, colognes, hair sprays, and other fragrances, and by all means, never walk barefoot.

Avoid sugar and meat snacks, especially in open containers, and keep garbage cans well sealed and as clean as possible. Companion animals should be fed indoors or on screened porches. If you have playground equipment, make sure you plug the ends of the pipes to prevent wasps from settling in them.

Creating a Game Plan for Successful Treatment

Holper’s has specialized in stinging insect treatments for over 34 years.  Determining the course of treatment is determined by two factors; the type of stinging insect and the location where the nest is found.  Because of these variables, nests need to be treated and removed by trained technicians using the proper safety equipment and professional-grade materials.  Nests in the ground are particularly problematic, so a call right away to Holper’s is your safest bet – they know how to get rid of the Wasps or Bees in the ground.

Stinging Insect Control

There’s a good reason so many people in the Greater St. Louis area trust Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions as their exterminators for their stinging insect control – It’s the first type of pest that Holper’s conquered over three decades ago.  If you want to effectively implement stinging insect control, do your family and home a favor and call Holper’s today at 314 544-7378.