The month of August can be a signal of change for many, for teachers and parents the change means that school will be starting soon, for beach goers there is a final countdown in nice weeks to go, and for pest control companies the stinging insect calls are on the rise. While we can get calls throughout the warm months for bees, wasps, and hornets the month of August is always is a busy time for these pests.
Bald faced hornet nests are one of the most common types of nests that Hoffman’s treats. These nests are grey and spherical, made up of cellulose and saliva that mix to be a paper like consistency, and can be upwards of 12 inches in diameter. Some of the largest nests recorded reach up to 24 inches high and 18 inches across. There can be multiple entry and exit points on these nests but none of them allow you to see the individual cells inside the nest. Bald faced hornets nests can often be found in bushes and trees, normally no lower than 3 feet off the ground. In a mature nest over 300 male workers can be present! Even though these are the most popular wasp nest we treat they are also one of the most tricky as bald faced hornets are very aggressive and have been known to attack without being provoked.
Paper wasp are another common stinking insect in New Jersey. Their nests lack an outer shell so you can see the cells that make up the nest. These nests are normally found in sheltered areas such as under stairs, eves of houses, playsets and picnic tables. Paper wasps are known to only sting when they feel threatened.
Mud daubers are a less common wasps in residential areas but more often seen in rural areas. Most mud daubers build nests that look like pipe organs. They prefer to build these nests in protected areas such as on walls, under eves, or in attics. Mud daubers are solitary but in areas where there is a large amount of food multiple nests can be found on a single structure. The nests of mud daubers can be easily removed by scraping them off or using a powerful jet of water. The likely hood of getting stung around this wasp is very unlikely.
No matter what type of nest you have on your property it is important to take safety measures first. If someone in your home is sensitive or allergic to stinging insects it is important to call a pest professional, like Hoffman’s Exterminating, to rid your home or property of these insects.