The dreaded wasp can be a real nuisance. Wasps are found all around North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In business since 1980, Little Giant Beekeepers are professionals in removing all flying and stinging insects from your home. We are experts in safe wasp removal.
How do you identify a wasp?
Wasps are large, flying insects. There are many types in Texas., Bigger than a honeybee, most are about 1-inch long with a tapered “wasp” waist.
Types of Wasps
These wasps are typically 1-inch in length and can vary in coloration from reddish to dark brown. Paper wasp nests are constructed from chewed wood fiber. They and are commonly found in eaves, garages, sheds, shrubbery, and other protected areas.
These wasps are often mistaken for a honeybee. Yellowjackets are similar in size to them (about a half-inch in length). They have black and yellow markings but are hairless.
Yellowjackets prefer to nest in the ground, often taking over old mammal burrows, and are aggressive if disturbed. They also nest in eaves or attics.
One of the largest wasps in the United States, cicada killers prey on adult cicadas. These wasps can be seen attacking a cicada in the air. They are big and look scary, but are relatively docile unless you are a cicada. They make their nests in the ground.
Mud daubers are about three-quarters to 1-inch in length and can vary in coloration between species.: Many are black, but others can be black with yellow markings or iridescent blue-black color. They are the least aggressive of the wasps.
Are wasps dangerous?
Wasps are predators that eat other bugs and insects. That can be a good thing; you just don’t want them in or around your home. If wasps feel threatened or agitated, they will sting. Unlike bees, they have a smooth stinger and can sting multiple times.
If you get into a situation where many wasps in a nest are disturbed, it can quickly become dangerous. Each time they sting, they inject more venom. If you or a family member are allergic to their venom, you could experience a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
Where do wasps usually live?
Wasps love to live around your house. Some of their favorite places to make a nest are in the attic, eaves and chimney of your home. They also are known to settle in outdoor outlet boxes, grills and hose reels.
There’s nothing like opening a barbecue grill to get ready for an al fresco springtime dinner only to find a wasp’s nest surprise!
Wasps are most active in the spring and summer. During these seasons, they mostly live in trees. Come winter, they start looking for cozy places to hibernate. One of their favorite places to hibernate is the chimney. They like to find the highest peak on the house where the sun hits most of the day.
How can you prevent wasps from invading your home?
Wasps usually enter the home through cracks in the eaves and build their nests inside the eave’s edge. Or they will access through the top of the chimney and build nests between the brick and the flue. That is why home maintenance is essential.
Occasionally, they get lost inside the home and end up coming through light fixtures and following the windows’ light to get out.
Though terrifying once inside, they are not typically aggressive because they are so exhausted. Tired from trying so hard to get out the window, they will become lethargic and dehydrated in the process.
House maintenance is an essential step in insect prevention:
- Make sure the shrubs and grass around your home is trimmed regularly.
- Eliminate water sources wasps may be able to drink.
- Cap the chimney and fill holes along your rooflines.
- Weatherstrip the house so wasps can’t sneak inside.
- Keep your compost covered.
- Keep the trash closed.
Why call the professionals at Little Giant Beekeepers to get rid of wasps?
If you have seen a wasp around, chances are a nest is not far behind. As trained professionals, we know how to treat wasps safely. All of our employees are full-time and have been in the business for a long time. We don’t use contractors.
We provide several different treatments depending on where your wasps are located and how long they have been there.
Keep your family safe with our Dallas wasp removal services. No wasp species will attack a human unless it’s in self-defense, but the last thing you want to do is let wasps get out of control in your backyard.