SE Portland Wasp Removal Service
We have several bees and wasps in the Gresham and Sandy areas. 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 can’t identify the buzzing around your home or business. We can help identify these pests and customize a plan to ensure your home is free from bees, wasps, and yellow jackets.
These insects are considered beneficial because they feed their young a variety of insects.
However, they become a nuisance when they build nests in or near structures and scavenge for food in recreational areas and in other places frequented by humans.
Protect yourself and your loved ones by calling OIRC for an evaluation today to find out how we can help!
To effectively manage a wasp control issue, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re dealing with. Here are a few facts about wasps that can help.
Colony SizePaper wasps live in colonies usually consisting of less than 100 adults, though larger is possible
|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.|
|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 several ways to remove wasp and yellow jacket nests, though you will want to be sure you can take them down in a single swoop or be ready to run!
Call to schedule an appointment with OIRC to safely remove the nest and establish ways to prevent its return.
If you have a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket problem, let us track them down and remove them so you can enjoy your property safely.
Oregon Insect and Rodent Control is here for all your residential and commercial wasp removal needs in East Multnoma County and Clackamas County.
Wasps are typically drawn to a few things. If you’re home or business has landscaping that includes flowers and plants, it’s possible those are attracting these flying pests.
Garbage and sticky spills can draw them in as well. Ensure that any sweet spills are cleaned and that garbage is covered an emptied regularly.
They can also be drawn in if your space has an insect and spider population, as that is another food source for these pests.
Wasps are actually helpful creatures, as they are great pollinators! They also help to control other pests, like cockroaches.
That said, it’s no homeowner’s dream to have wasps flying around your home. OIRC can help with your wasp control needs.
The type of species determines where you will typically find wasp nests. Commonly, you’ll see them hanging from tree branches or the eaves of your home, and you can sometimes find them inside things that may not be used often, like barbeque grills, chimneys, and outdoor bins.
Wasps can be aggressive if they sense a threat. They are a territorial pest that are very protective of their nests. They have been known to attack if a person inadvertently wanders too close, and definitely if they see you climb a ladder to remove their nest.
If you are experiencing an issue with wasps, the professionals at OIRC can help!