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Hornets and wasps have a painful sting! If found close to your family’s residence or your place of business, these aggressive insects should be eradicated because they can be harmful to humans.

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Common Types of Wasps Seen in British Columbia

So that you can recognize them and find the source of the infestation, let’s take a closer look at these bothersome flying species:

European-Paper-Wasp-Vancouver-westside-pest-controlThe European paper wasp (umbrella wasp) is a relative newcomer to BC, and is often confused with the native paper wasp and the yellowjacket. It has a more slender body with longer legs, but like it’s cousin it still has a stinger that doesn’t quit. The sting from a paper wasp is not as painful however as the bald faced hornet or yellowjacket.

yellow-jacket-wasp-vancouver-westside-pest-controlYellowjackets are often confused with bees because they’re about the same size, but the similarities pretty much stop there. They don’t have pollen carrying capacities, they hunt for meat to take home to the larvae, and their stingers can sting repeatedly for defense.

Bald-face-hornet-westside-pest-controlHornets are the largest of the trio, and the ones in BC are usually identifiable by their striking black and white ‘bald face’ – hence the name bald-faced hornet. Like the other two on this list, the bald-faced hornet can sting repeatedly.

Knowing the stinging insects in the Greater Vancouver area will help you avoid getting stung this summer. They include the European and native paper wasps (also known as umbrella wasps), as well as the more prevalent yellowjackets and so-called bald-faced hornets. Mason or potter wasps are other types that can be found, as well as a few more less prevalent varieties that people don’t notice as frequently because they aren’t as “in your face” as the more popular variety.

Although hornets are frequently mistakenly believed to be distinct from wasps, they are actually merely a bigger subset of the wasp family. Hornets, like yellowjackets and paper wasps, are social insects that reside in hives. In opposed to hornets and yellowjackets, which can expand their nests to contain as many as four or five thousand individuals, paper wasps typically have only a dozen or so roommates per nest. Without a doubt, the idea of 5,000 hornets swarming over your house or place of work will give you major nightmares.

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Wasps may be a major annoyance and, when provoked, are typically aggressive. Get the wasp and hornet nests in your house or place of business securely removed by the wasp removal experts at Blitz Pest Control.

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Bald Faced Hornets are dangerous insects. If you come across a bald faced hornet nest, use caution and get in touch with Blitz Pest Control right away.

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Even when they begin to infiltrate the picnic or BBQ, wasps and hornets are generally not given much attention. The improvised wasp traps then emerge as the hands begin to swat the stingers. If the condition is severe enough, the following outdoor gathering will probably include a few store-bought devices made to address the wasp or hornet issue.

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Wasp Life Cycle and Behavior

The life cycle of the three wasp species discussed in this article is fairly typical for wasps in the Greater Vancouver area. A queen hibernates over the winter and comes out of hibernation in the spring when the weather starts to warm up. She chooses a location to start a nest, develops it to the point where she can lay her first eggs there, and then feeds her first group of larvae until they are ready to start the process of expanding the nest—typically the papery-looking football-like structures that are so common under the eaves of homes. The nest may occasionally be found in a tree branch, an alcove, or another location that offers some protection from the elements.

While the workers watch over the nest, enlarge it, and provide food for the young, the queen continues to lay eggs. When fall arrives, the drones—males created from unfertilized eggs—will only have one task: to mate with the new queens that have just emerged.

The nest is abandoned after mating season, presumably never to be used again, and the queens enter another round of hibernation with the exception of the new queens.

The three wasp species we’ve discussed here consume a range of foods. Workers consume fruit pulp, tree sap, and nectar (apples are particularly delicious to hornets, while European paper wasps are an expensive nuisance to Okanagan cherry and grape growers). Broadly speaking, the wasp diet seeks out anything high in sugar and carbs.

The fact that wasps are drawn to meat and fish, giving them the nickname “meat bees,” is one of the most intriguing aspects about wasps for many people. The meat is actually taken back to the nest by the wasps who collect it, where the larvae eat it instead of the wasps themselves. It’s actually a productive exchange since the workers condition the flesh for the larvae, who then emit a sweet compound that the adults ingest, and thus prepare the protein.

Although the larvae consume meat, it should be noted that the majority of this meal is obtained by wasps’ hunting and death of other insects; the steak at your barbeque is merely one additional option.

We now come to our interactions with people. Due to the propensity of all three of these wasp species to construct nests close to human settlement, wasp management services are so frequently required in British Columbia.

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What Do You Do When You See A Big Nest

First things first… handling any types of wasps nest can be very dangerous as certain species of wasps are very aggressive. Call a local Pest Control company to handle it for it for you.

But what do you do when the problem is a big nest of wasps or hornets tucked up under the eaves of your home, or hidden near the back door of your business?  You don’t want to be tangling with a large nest of angry hornets and wasps because that’s just asking for trouble, and that’s the time you should be calling in Vancouver’s leading wasp control and hornet control experts, Blitz Pest Control.

Wasp control and hornet control both begin with understanding the insect. Neither of these pests is high on the list of favorite picnic attendees, but keep in mind that wasps and hornets aren’t out to get you… they’re just going about their business looking for food so they can feed themselves and the hive, and so they can live long enough to procreate.

  • Assess the aggression level of the nest

  • Keep your children away from that area of the garage/yard

  • Remove all food items from the areas close to the nest

  • DO NOT attempt to dislodge the nest with a broom. This could spark an angry mob to come after you!

  • Call you local pest control team to handle the removal for you

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Remember: Don’t do it yourself.

An active nest can produce very aggressive wasps and you could get yourself in serious trouble. Speak with one of the BC Pest Control experts to learn more about wasp removals.


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Keep in mind that a wasp stinger is different from a bee’s stinger in that it can cause harm more than once, and wasp venom can result in reactions in people and animals that range from acute irritation to hospitalization and death.

Consequently, calling in the experts at Blitz Pest Control for wasp or hornet control is a much safer course to take. We have dealt with the insects since 2009, therefore we have the expertise and tools necessary to deal with wasps effectively and securely.

Blitz Pest Control, one of the top wasp control businesses in Vancouver and the surrounding areas, is expert in dealing with hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps at your residence or place of business. Your safety is always our top priority, and all of our staff members are trained and certified in all of the tools and supplies we employ.

The fact that we priorities customer service means that we won’t be content until you are. We are the first choice for wasp control or any other type of pest control on the speed dials of happy clients thanks to our courteous interactions with them and successful outcomes.

So call Blitz Pest Control and put us to work if you’re having issues with any kind of wasp. We are more than willing to assist. We promise to complete the task efficiently, fairly, and with a smile.

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