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Wasp Control

A wasp nest affixed to your home or in your yard can pose a danger to family and guests. If you have a wasp buzzing around your property, it may be possible to control them by cleaning up fruit that has fallen from trees and locating and removing nests.

Removing nests can be dangerous, especially for individuals allergic to stings, so if you aren't able to locate and safely remove a nest, it may be best to call a professional. Ortho® Pest Control Service technicians know where different types of wasps are most likely to live and which species-specific control measures are most effective.

Wasp Species

Wasps have over 30,000 identified species, although the most common ones are confused with bees. Most wasps species come from a similar family, but the way they look and live actually vary quite a lot. Another striped, flying group of insects is called hornets-but these are actually wasps with a different name. Below are a few of the wasps you may see around your part of town.

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are also called Umbrella wasps because they create water-resistant nests that act, and look, like an umbrella. Typically gentler, they'll only attack when they feel threatened. They like to feed on nectar, caterpillars, flies and beetle larvae so they are usually found close to gardens.

Bald-faced Hornet

These wasps are more easily distinguished by their white and black coloring, which is why they're also called bald-faced hornet, bald hornet, white-faced hornet, blackjacket or bull wasp. The females are very active and will sting invaders aggressively to defend their nests.

European Hornet

Known to mostly nest in trees and shrubs, it's common to see them snacking on sap, rotting fruits and honey spots. Adult hornets also kill honey bees, grasshoppers, locusts and other large insects with their venom and jaws. Then, after their prey has been chewed up, they feed it to their young.

Wasp Facts

  • Young wasps are fed meat from their parents.
  • Females are the only ones with stingers.
  • If you're not allergic, a sting can wear off within 24 hours.
  • Wasps have a caste order of queens, males and workers.
  • Drones (male wasps) have one job—to mate with the Queen. Then they die.
  • Young fertilized queens are the only one to survive winter. Once their eggs hatch in the spring, they create a new colony.
  • Wasps are regularly used in agriculture to protect crops since they eat or host their larvae in other pests.
  • Their venom causes other wasps to become aggressive, which is why they become an angry swarm when one is attacked.

What's My Plan?

Bugs will attack from all angles, but we know exactly where they'll be. The Ortho brand has been doing this for over 100 years, so we've formulated a defense plan that's just right for you.