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Stinging insects like wasps and hornets find their way indoors mostly through open doors and windows. They make their nests in places like porch ceilings, window and door frames, eaves, soffits, attic rafters, deck floor joists, and railings. Paper wasps will sting if they are threatened or if their nest is disturbed. Wasp stings are painful and can cause allergies.

Yellowjackets are another common type of stinging insects that live in nests or colonies. They will make their nests in the ground and also paper nests in bushes and trees as well as in wall voids by entering under siding and other small openings on a home. If a nest has been built in the walls during the season, they can eventually break through after inadvertently chewing through the drywall as they build their nests. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. They feed on sweets and proteins, and therefore usually invade outdoor events. Yellowjacket stings cause significant health issues.
 
WARNING!! DO NOT PLUG AN ENTRANCE TO A HIDDEN NEST OR SPRAY ANYTHING INTO IT! It can cause the yellow jackets to stop using that as an exit. They will then chew through the walls of their nests and can chew through the drywall right into your home. They will not just die in there.
 
Get in touch with the licensed and insured professionals at Environmental Pest Control to prevent the invasion of such dangerous insects.

Yellowjackets

There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.

Yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. They build paper nests out of chewed-up cellulose. Nests are usually found in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics.

Yellow jacket stings pose significant health threats to humans, as they are territorial and will sting if threatened. They are known to sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Yellow jackets and other stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.

Bald-faced hornets

Bald-faced hornets greatly resemble their yellow jacket relatives, with black bodies and predominantly white patterned faces.

Their aerial nests are grey and paper-like, but they are enclosed unlike the open cone structure of other stringing hornets and insects like yellowjackets and paper wasps and would be seen suspended above the ground usually in trees or bushes.

Paper Wasps

In the autumn, future queens will seek places to spend the winter and may find their way indoors.

Then in the springtime, they will need to emerge to build their umbrella-shaped nests that look as though they are made of paper. Paper wasps build their comb nests to hang from objects like twigs and branches of trees and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of windows and doorframes, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists, railings, and more. Each nest has open, uncovered cells where the eggs are laid.

Threats

While not an aggressive species, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened.

Carpenter bees

Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow stripes and their black back part is shiny, not fuzzy like bumblebees. This type of bee gets its common name from its habits of boring into the wood like a carpenter.

Habitat

Female carpenter bees bore half an inch circular holes through soft wood to lay eggs and protect their larvae as they develop.

Threats

Carpenter bees are a severe threat, as they can cause structural damage over time if left untreated. Male carpenter bees can be territorial and may hover in front of one’s face aggressively, but they have no stinger and these actions are merely for show. Female carpenter bees do have a stinger but are generally inside the nest tunnels.

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