We have a number of bees and wasps in Gresham and Sandy area. Paper Wasps are the easiest to identify with their telltale cone shaped nest. Yellow jackets like to make their homes in small holes in the ground or cracks in the siding of your home.
Don’t worry if you aren’t able to identify the buzzing around your home or business. We can help identify your bees, wasps, or yellow jackets. Our years of expertise will also help customize the most efficient and productive strategy to rid your home of pests.
These insects are considered to be beneficial because they feed their young a wide variety of insects. They become a nuisance, however, when they build nests in or near structures and scavenge for food in recreational areas and in other places frequented by humans.
|Color||Yellow and black|
|Length||Yellow jackets are about 3/8 to 5/8 inches long. The boldfaced hornet is similar in appearance except that it is white and black and 5/8 to 3/4 inches long.|
|Appearance||Very distinct head with chewing mouthparts, short-elbowed antennae, and large compound eyes. Wasps have four clear or smoky brown wings. They have a short, narrow attachment between the thorax and the abdomen. The abdomen is spindle-shaped and tipped with a long stringer.||Colony Size||Paper wasps live in colonies usually consisting of less than 100 adults, though larger is possible|
|Breeding||Social wasps have large nests containing three castes: queens, workers, and males. The males and queens are produced in the colony in late summer. They mate, and the fertilized queen overwinters in a protected site. In spring, she seeks an appropriate nesting site in which she builds a paper nest using chewed up wood fibers. Eggs are laid in the cells of the nest, and the young larvae are fed bits of chewed up meat or insect parts by the queen and later by the workers. A queen wasp can lay as many as 100 eggs per day, quite a bit less than a bee.|
|Where they live||Often you will find wasp, hornet, and yellowjacket nests in the eaves of a house, the rafters of a shed, or in a pile of firewood. Yellow jackets build their flat paper nests in stacks which are surrounded by a paper envelope. Yellow jackets usually build their nests below ground and in other protected locations. Paper wasps build open flat nests, without a paper envelope, usually found under the eaves of a house and in other protected locations.|
|Food Source||Wasps eat other insects, such as spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, and flies.|
|Behavior Notes||Wasps and yellowjackets don’t congregate in the same quantities that many bee species do, but they are often more aggressive. Things as minor as loud noises can provoke them to attack.|
|Signs of presence||Wasps will make themselves known if you do something to bother them, but you may also be able to spot their small “paper” nests in their common locations.|
|Risks||Unlike bees, wasps aggressively defend their nests and can inflict multiple stings. People who are allergic are particularly at risk.|
There are a variety of ways to remove wasp and yellow jacket nests, though you will want to be sure that you can take them down in a single swoop, or else be ready to run quickly. These methods are also unable to prevent another nest being set up later. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment with OIRC so we can safely remove the nest and establish ways to prevent their return.
If you have a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket problem, let us track them down and remove them so you can get back to enjoying your property safely.
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