In the late spring, you may start to see bugs flying around that look a lot like this. The photo you see is a close up of a yellow jacket. Like so many others, your first natural reaction may be to panic. To remain safe, it is important to avoid the nest and try to stay indoors if possible so you do not disturb the nest. The next step is to keep informed about the stinging insects you have encountered so you know which ones can be problematic and when the right time is to call the professionals to get rid of the nest.
Photo credit: NPMA
“Some people are really adverse to stinging insects,” said Dr. Richard Cooper, staff entomologist at Cooper Pest Solutions. “They don’t want to have a reactionary approach, they want a preventive approach, and that’s why many of our homeowners add a wasp prevention service to their home services.”
How can I tell if I have wasps or yellow jackets?
The most common wasps near you in Monroe, NJ area are mud wasps, paper wasps, and yellow jackets. Read more to learn about these pests.
Yellow jackets are sometimes mistakenly called "bees," but Yellow jackets actually are wasps. They may be confused with other wasps, such as hornets and paper wasps. Yellow jackets typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. They are about ½ inch long with black and yellow stripes around their abdomen and short, narrow “waist.” They are social wasps that live in large colonies ranging in number from 1,500 to 15,000. The females are very protective of their nests making them rather aggressive stingers.
Yellow jackets can be found anywhere humans are found. They build paper carton nests out of chewed up cellulose, which are usually located in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics. If you are considering self-treating for yellow jackets at your Monroe NJ home, please read our blog post on DIY yellow jacket treatments here.
Paper wasps are about 3’4” long and are a commonly burnt orange-brown color. They can also have black and yellow stripes making them easy to mistake for yellow jackets. Paper Wasps are one of the first insects to become active in the early spring (April/May) as the temperatures begin to warm. Wasps will also remain active throughout the entire summer as they continue to build their nests virtually anywhere; inside window frames, on overhangs, in attic vents, under outdoor furniture, or on play equipment. They are moderately aggressive and will readily sting if they feel threatened or if you accidentally get too close to the nest.
Mud wasps are about ½ - 1 inch long, thin, and have a thread-like waist. They tend to be black with yellow striped legs, or a blackish blue color with long legs that hang down while they fly. These wasps are solitary and much less aggressive making them unlikely to sting unless provoked. Their nests are made up of tan mud tubes that have a rippled appearance on the outside and an open end at the bottom of the tubes like the image featured above. Another nest type looks like a ball of mud. You will typically find these tubes cemented to the sides of buildings in protected areas such as a porch or garage.
Why do I have wasps and yellow jackets?
During the spring and summer months, wasps may be very active around structures for several reasons:
- They are collecting wood from wooden play sets, deck railings, fences or bark of trees. This wood is then used to make paper for nest building.
- They are looking for food resources in trees and shrubs. Paper wasps are predators and feed on a variety of other insects that are present on bushes, shrubs, flowers and trees.
- They may have built a nest on the structure.
Do they sting?
Paper wasps may sting if they are provoked or their nest is agitated. The sting can be very painful, so it is recommended that you do not attempt to remove the nest without professional help. Unlike bees who can only sting once in their lifetime, wasps can sting multiple times which makes them even more dangerous. The main concern for wasps is the potential danger of an allergic reaction. You may not know that you or one of your loved ones is allergic to wasp stings before you are stung.
Why Choose Us for Wasp Prevention and Removal?
Stinging Insect Nest Removal and Wasp Prevention – To remove an active yellow jacket, wasp, or hornet nest, click here to conveniently order service online. Our goal is to provide you with same day or next day service when you schedule online. You do not need to take time off of work to deal with a dangerous stinging insect nest. Because the nest is outside, you do not need to be home to let a technician into your home.
We also offer a Wasp prevention program that prevents paper wasps from building their nests on homes, decks, swing sets, storage sheds, etc. By preventing nest building, the presence of Wasps will be greatly reduced. One treatment will prevent nest development for up to six months. To learn more about our Wasp Prevention Service click here.
At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide fast, convenient service, with the peace of mind that you are in good hands. We understand that Wasp and Yellow jacket problems can be stressful and overwhelming, so we strive to have service either the same day or the very next day.
If you are searching for wasp removal “near me” in Monroe NJ to learn more about preventing or eliminating wasps, please call us at 1-800-949-2667 or fill out the form on our website.