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Wasp Control Boise Idaho

One of the most dangerous and annoying pests of all are the ones that can sting, and in Boise, Idaho, you will find plenty of them. If you have a wasp infestation, holding BBQ parties in the backyard or simply chilling in the sun might be problematic because these pesky insects will come buzzing around and pose a threat. Did you know that almost half a million people have to be admitted to the hospital every summer because of pest stings or bites?

How to Identify Wasps?

Identification of wasps is not that difficult if you know how each species looks. Most of them are either metallic or black and have markings on their body, usually in the colors brown or yellow. But irrespective of the species, the waist of wasps is slightly pinched inside, and they have two pairs of wings attached to their bodies. There is no generalization of the size because it depends on the species. These pests are so active in the summer because they try to gather enough food before winter strikes.

You will find two types of wasps in Idaho –

  • Paper Wasps – These have very long legs, and their bodies are pretty narrow. Their color may be black, dark brown, or even reddish-orange. If you notice their abdomen, you will spot yellow markings. These wasp nests are comprised of open hexagonal cells, and the overall shape of the nest usually resembles an umbrella. You can generally spot these wasp nests in rafters, porch ceilings, window frames, and along eaves.
    • They are excellent scavengers, and thus, they usually hunt on different types of small insects and arthropods.
    • These wasps are excellent at spotting caterpillars either olfactorily or visually, and then, they prey on them.
    • They can sting very smoothly, and unlike other wasps, they can sting more than once in a row.
    • They feed on sugar sources which gives them their power for general metabolism and flight.
  • Braconid Wasp – Most people fail to identify these wasps owing to their minute size, and thus, they are often confused with flies. But the long ovipositor of the female varieties and the distinct color makes it easier for you to identify them. These wasps usually have red bodies and black heads, and the wings are quite long and black. The antennae and legs of these wasps are also black.
    • These wasps do not prey on other insects and mostly live on nectar from plants. Some of them prefer the nectar from plants of carrot and mustard families.
    • But, in the larval stage, these wasps feed on the host organism they are present in.
    • The cocoon spun by the larvae is done by a group of them and on the host’s body.
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Why Do Wasps Come Inside Your Home?

There are various reasons why wasps might come inside your home, and they are as follows –

  • Nesting Purposes – Firstly, they might be looking for a nesting site, and your house is a perfect place for them. Experts have noticed that wasps usually make their nests in corners close to a window with a damaged sill or a crack. Or, they form their nests inside your house in attics or wall voids. If this is the case with your house, you can easily spot it because you will frequently find wasps coming in or going out of your house through open doors or windows or into the void where they have made the nest. If you think that simply sealing up that void with some material would solve your problem, you are wrong. It will only make the wasps confused and angrier, and they will find their way out by eating through ceiling or wallboards.
  • Overwintering – Before winter sets in, wasps always search for cozy places where they can spend the winter fully protected. Some species cannot complete their life cycle if they cannot find a protected area for their fertile queen. So, this is one of the common reasons why wasps enter your house. In these cases, they mostly find corners that are the coziest, especially in the attics. But once they are fully settled in their new nesting site, you won’t see the wasps flying around the entire winter. When winter ends, and spring starts to set, that is when they come out and look for a way to go outside. It is then that the situation becomes dangerous.
  • By Chance – Lastly, even though this is not much common, a wasp might enter your house by chance or accident. They are constantly moving around mainly because of two reasons: they are either searching for food or looking for new mates. And thus, it is very natural for them to come inside your house to explore it. At other times, the wasp might be accidentally brought in by you through some other object like a potted plant that was kept outdoors or a grocery bag on which the wasp was hitchhiking.

The main problem with wasps is that if they find their way inside your house, the chances are high that they will form an infestation within a few days. Moreover, wasps pose the threat of stings, and some people even have allergic reactions to them. They also cause structural damage to your home by chewing away at wallboards and ceilings. As far as paper wasps are considered, they will not sting you until and unless they feel threatened. But if they feel trapped or in danger, they will not spare a moment before stinging you.

So, if you suspect wasps in your house, call for professional help immediately. At Six Brothers Pest Control, we offer wasp control services in Boise, Idaho, at affordable rates. Stay away from wasps when you see them; otherwise, they might sting. We will send a team to check the extent of the infestation and devise strategies accordingly that will help you deal with the existing infestation and prevent the wasps from returning later. You can easily call us on (208) 801-7378, or you can even write to us at info@sixbrotherspestcontrol.com

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