Are Stinging Insects Causing You Problems In Santa Rosa?

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Wasps can be a tricky pest to deal with. If you find wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets around your Santa Rosa home, you should call Armed Force Pest Control. Our Santa Rosa pest control is your best option for safe wasp removal. 

How To Identify Common Hornets And Wasps

The term “wasp” covers all stinging insects that aren’t bees or ants but are related to both species. This includes hornets and yellow jackets, each with their own classification under the wasp umbrella. Because wasp is such a broad classification, there is a lot of variation, which makes wasp identification tricky. For example, some types of wasps are social and build nests with other wasps, while others are solitary. However, there are a few ways you can tell wasps from other insects, such as bees.

Wasps have narrow “waists” at their abdomens. This is noticeably different from bees and most other insects. Wasps also tend to have bolder coloring, and they’re smooth, while bees are fuzzy. Wasps also have smooth stingers, which means they can sting multiple times. Bees lose their stingers and will die after using them. 

There are three types of wasps that are common in Santa Rosa. Paper wasps can be identified by their thin waists and long legs. They’re brown or black with yellow, dark orange, or red markings. They build nests with other wasps that are open, which means you can see the wasps inside the nest.

Yellow jackets are black and yellow. Their nests are also made of a paper-like substance, but theirs are closed. 

Bald-faced hornets are not hornets, just wasps. They have black and white markings on their faces. Bald-faced hornet nests are built high up in trees and are only used for one season, then abandoned.                       

Wasps And Hornets Can Be Problematic Even If You Aren’t Allergic

Not every species of wasp is aggressive, like the paper wasp. In general, paper wasps will leave people alone as long as the wasps are left alone. Some wasps are aggressive and will sting unprovoked. Even non-aggressive wasps will sting if they feel threatened, and that sting is painful. Plus, yellow jackets and a few other wasp species scavenge for meat and other foods, making picnics prime targets. This can be distressing for many people and increase the risk of stings. 

Even for people who aren’t allergic, wasp stings can be excruciating. A wasp’s venom paralyzes prey and hurts predators. For humans, it slows down blood flow to keep venom in the body longer. If you aren’t allergic, the pain and swelling will likely pass within a few days. Allergic reactions to wasp stings should be treated by a medical professional. 

Why You Shouldn’t Try To Get Rid Of Wasps On Your Own

Even non-aggressive wasps will sting if provoked, and nothing is more provoking than trying to destroy their home. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you put yourself at risk for wasp stings. One wasp sting hurts; a defensive attack from a whole nest might make you want to stay inside for a long time. 

You might try store-bought or homemade wasp traps, but these are often ineffective. They’ll catch some wasps but won’t take care of a whole colony. And pesticides can be dangerous to use excessively around your home, even if they’re effective. Your best option is to leave wasp control to professional pest control companies. 

Contact The Pros For The Safe Removal Of Wasps From Your Property

Armed Force Pest Control’s goal is to keep you safe. Our wasp removal services prioritize your health and safety. We use a unique baiting method to remove the wasps from your home. We also do nest removal. Whatever your Santa Rosa wasp control needs are, we’re here to help. Contact Armed Force Pest Control for swift, safe removal if you have wasps on your property. 

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