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Wasp Control & Removal

Do you have a wasp infestation? Contact Plunkett’s today to rid your home of unwanted visitors!

What are Wasps?

A wasp is an insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita. Wasps have narrow waists, smooth skin, and four wings. Hornets are a wasp subset and have larger waists with similar skin and wings. Yellowjackets can be identified by their bright yellow markings.

Yellowjackets and hornets are both types of wasps within the Vespidae family. They are eusocial; their egg-laying queen lives with the non-reproducing workers. A hornet is the largest type of wasp.

Why Do I Have Wasps?

Like most pests, a wasp’s main goal is finding food. If you have wasps in your space, then they probably think they can find a meal there. They’re attracted to your sugary drinks during a picnic and the fallen fruit in your yard, for example.

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wasps nest in doorway

How Do Wasps Get Inside?

Most of the time, wasps just enter the house through open windows and doors. If you want to leave your windows open, make sure they have screens.

During the spring and summer, wasps will often build nests around entrances and doorways to your home. They choose these areas because they’re  commonly covered, which helps protect their nests from Mother Nature. The placement of their nests makes it easy for them to sneak into your home through the front door as you come and go.

Wasps often enter into your home through attic spaces. Vents and unsealed openings are perfect entryways for wasps. They may also invade your home through the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, make sure you close and seal the flue properly when you’re not using it.

Why are Wasps a Problem?

Wasps can build incredibly troublesome nests and hives. If you have a wasp problem, you need to be careful; yellowjackets and hornets can sting multiple times . Even though it might be your first instinct, do NOT plug the entrance hole to the nest. When confined, wasps become agitated. Plus, they can chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other materials to find a way out.

Do-it-yourself treatments are available but they can be dangerous and aren’t as effective as hiring a professional pest control company. Plus, these products often contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly. The most common result of home remedies? Multiple stings. You should let the professionals handle the wasps.

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Control Process

How Can Plunkett’s Solve My Wasp Problem?

Plunkett’s can rid your home of a current infestation as well as prevent future wasp issues. Our stinging insects service includes inspection, treatment, and removal of active nests found during inspection.

Plunkett’s will treat areas of concern with a residual material to greatly reduce the likelihood of nest-building. Homeowners often get nets in the same area every year; a preventative treatment can help pro-actively stop this from occurring.

The expert team at Plunkett’s offers a 60-day guarantee on all nests treated! We want to reach the absolute best resolution to your pest problem.

Wasp & Hornet Control With Plunkett's

At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you asap, usually within a day or two.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do for a Wasp Sting?

Treating a local reaction to a sting is simple. From cleaning the affected area with apple cider vinegar to relieving the pain with ice, there are several easy at-home remedies that can help ease your discomfort. Read more!

What is the Difference Between a Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Hornet?

Wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets all fit into the same category of wasp: social wasps. They all produce colonies every year with only the malted queen surviving winter. But despite their similarities, wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets differ in size, color, and where they build their nests. Read more!

How Can I Keep Wasps from Building Nests Near Me?

Wasps build nests in dark, sheltered, and warm places where they can easily access food. Stop wasps from building nests near you by sealing up crevices around your home, protecting your garbage, and blocking off any shady, hard-to-reach shelters like chimneys, vents, and porches. Learn more!

Why Are Wasps More Active in The Summer?

Every spring, queen wasps emerge from their overwintering sites to seek new places to nest. When they find a suitable nest, they begin laying eggs to start a new colony. When the eggs hatch, the workers build out the nest while the queen continues to reproduce. By summer, wasp colonies have reached peak population. Read more!

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