What Do Wasp Nests Look Like?
When you think of a wasp nest, you likely have the image in your mind of a giant hive. However, different types of wasps build different types of nests. They also can appear in different areas, which is why it’s important to learn how to identify them. That said, it’s very important to avoid getting too close to wasp nests—even if they appear abandoned, stinging insects could be inside, ready to sting at will. In the Los Angeles Metro Area, wasps commonly build nests on or near buildings. If you notice any of the below nests, always contact Isotech Pest Management for assistance.
Characteristics of Wasp Nests
In general, wasp nests contain a number of cells that can contain many stinging insects. However, they can look quite different. Here’s what the main wasp nests look like:
- Yellowjackets. Nests are a papery material and have a single opening. The inside of a yellowjacket nest can have up to 100 tiers of cells. Yellowjackets can also build underground nests that can be enormous in size.
- Paper wasps. Their nests famously look like upside-down umbrellas. These nests are often open, and can get quite large in size. They are typically supported by a single stalk and consist of a paper-like material.
- Mud daubers. True to name, these nests are made out of mustly mud. The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes. They are typically found in cracks or crevices.
- Bald-faced hornets. These nests are almost always at least three feet off the ground. They are made of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva. They often grow to be the size of a football or basketball.
Where do You Find a Wasp Nest?
Different types of wasps build nests in different areas. Many wasps will build them in trees, while some prefer under porch ceilings. Paper wasp nests can be located under and within the eaves of structures, in attics and wall voids, and in other enclosed areas. Yellowjackets favor areas near the ground, in hollow trees, under porches, and a number of other areas. The bald-faced hornet builds its nest oftentimes in trees, bushes, or wooded areas. Lastly, mud daubers tend to build their nests in sheltered areas, including under eaves, garages, attics, or on the sides of buildings.
What to do About Wasp Nests on Your Property
Nests are never to be approached, and certainly never knocked down. Many types of wasps are aggressive and can sting you repeatedly when they feel their nest is threatened. For this reason, you always need to enlist professional help for wasp control. The team at Isotech is licensed to take care of stinging insect problems year-round.
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