WASP CONTROL NEWTOWN PA



There are some 400 species of wasps in North America.  However, paper wasps, yellowjacket wasps, bald-faced hornets, and cicada-killer wasps are the most common throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

WHAT DO WASPS LOOK LIKE?



Most wasps have two pairs of wings. Female wasps also have stingers. This feature is only present in the female wasp because it derives from the female sex organ (the ovipositor). Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny.

WHERE WASPS ARE FOUND



Wasps can build their nests in a plethora of places. Oftentimes, they choose sunny locations. In general, the nest of a wasp will be located in one of the following regions: in a hole underground, underneath floors of houses, in trees or plants, on the side of a wall, and along small hillocks or riverbanks.

WHAT WASPS FEED ON



In general, wasps eat nectar in the adult stages of their life. Many wasps use other insects as food sources for their own larvae. Many wasps consume fallen fruit and nectar. Some eat carrion. Social wasps like yellow jackets act as scavengers by searching for dead insects which they then feed to their young. In many cases, larvae offer sweet secretions which are consumed by the adults. In other cases, an adult male wasp may visit flowers to obtain their nectar. Occasionally, yellow jackets and hornets will invade the nests of honey bees and steal their brood or honey.

DAMAGE CAUSED BY WASPS



Generally, wasps do not cause damage to homes or businesses. However, various factors including wood harvesting can bring wasps from forest regions into buildings. When this happens, wasps will chew wood in the process of nest-building.  In most cases, this damage is minimal as it is contained to a small area. Unfortunately, however, the destruction can transpire almost anywhere including wood floors, ceilings, linoleum, carpet and wood beams.

ARE WASPS AGGRESSIVE?



As many pest control experts know, wasps will sting and attack humans, especially if they are threatened. This means that individuals attempting to remove wasps should do so with care. Additionally, wasps may carry diseases picked up during their visits to refuse bins, bottle banks, and carcasses and therefore can contaminate food if allowed to settle.

DO WASPS CARRY DISEASE?



When wasps sting, they inject a toxic poison called histamine into their victims. This poison causes a reaction within the human body, and manifests outwardly in the form of redness, swelling, and irritation. In some cases, more serious side effects that necessitate immediate medical attention can manifest. In addition to injecting people with poison, wasps can carry diseases that contaminate food consumed by humans. Finally, individuals who experience an allergic reaction to a wasp sting are susceptible to death.

HOW TO DETECT WASPS



Detecting wasps can be challenging. The primary evidence of a wasp infestation is sighting a wasp flying in and out of a hole within the structure. Still, the pest control company should do a thorough inspection of the premise to determine whether nests are located within the living space or in trees or other natural elements nearby.

HOW TO PREVENT WASPS



Wasp prevention is contingent upon knocking or scraping down the nest from which the wasps came. Doing this will prevent further infestation of wasps and other insects like ants and carpet beetles. Routine maintenance from a pest control company should also be integral aspects of wasp prevention.

HOW TO TREAT FOR WASPS



Here at Newtown Termite & Pest Control, we use a multi-faceted approach to eradicate bees, wasps, and hornets that have become problematic for area homes and businesses. Our methodology involves making use of the most appropriate detection, prevention, and treatments sources available. By combining these treatment measures, we ensure that your home or business remains free of wasps, bees, and hornets.

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