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Learn How to Identify Wasp Nests

 In Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Wasp nest identification tips in Orlando and Apopka FL - Heron Home & OutdoorMany people have the misconception that all wasps build big hives. However, each type of wasp builds a different kind of nest! Here in Central Florida during the summer months, we’re all used to seeing wasps from time to time. For the most part, they’re harmless and actually beneficial for our environment. That said, they can be a nuisance when they build their nests on or near your property. Certain stinging insects can be aggressive, especially when it comes to defending their nests. It’s important to learn how to identify different types of wasp nests that you may encounter this summer or fall. Keep reading for top tips from the team at Heron!

Nests Built By Different Wasps

Wasp nests contain a number of cells that can contain wasps and eggs alike. On the outside, they can look quite different. Here are the main characteristics of each: 

  1. Mud daubers. Female wasps build their nests out of mud. The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes. They are typically found in cracks or crevices.
  2. 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.
  3. Yellowjackets. These nests are made of 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.
  4. 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.

Wasp nest identification guide in Central FL - Heron Home & OutdoorWasp Nest Locations in Florida

Wasps build different kinds of nests, and they’re not always in trees! 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. Mud daubers, as solitary wasps, built their nests for eggs in sheltered areas. They are often in areas that provide protection from any rain. In sum, a wasp nest can be built in a wide variety of areas around your property.

How to Get Rid of a Wasp Nest Safely

In general, it’s best to stay away from wasp nests that are built on or near your property. There could be stinging insects inside, and many types of wasps can sting repeatedly. This can be very dangerous for anyone who is allergic to stings. For that reason, it’s simply safest to always enlist the help of the professional wasp removal team at Heron if you notice a nest on or near your home.

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