Now that the weather is warmer, many Des Moines, Iowa yards have been invaded by wasps. One of the most painful wasp stings known is the sting from a paper wasp. Even worse, these stings can cause severe reactions to people who have allergic reactions to the wasp venom. If you’re worried about being attacked, here’s what you should know about recognizing, preventing and controlling Des Moines paper wasps.
A few of the general physical traits of the paper wasp include:
Sometimes, paper wasps are confused with yellow jackets. These two types of insects look similar, but they’re actually different. For example, paper wasps are slightly larger. Unlike paper wasps, yellow jackets often build their nests in burrows in the ground or have large sac-like, above-ground nests.
They also differ in behavior. Yellow jackets are more aggressive and are frequently found swarming over trash cans and spills of human food. Paper wasps build smaller nests than those of yellow jackets. While the nests of paper wasps have their cells exposed, yellow jacket nest cells are hidden on the inside of the nest.
Paper wasps build their nests from a plant material that they mix with their saliva. As a result, their grayish nest resembles paper, giving them their name.
A typical nest consists of hexagonal cells or compartments in which the wasps lay their eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the young remain in the cells until they’re adults. Because their nests look much like umbrellas, paper wasps are also known as umbrella wasps.
Aerosol pesticides can be effective, but they can be expensive and expose people living in the home to insecticides. If you do use an aerosol pesticide, choose a product that’s specifically labeled for wasps and hornets and carefully follow the directions.
Most wasp sprays are equipped with a propellant that lets you spray from a distance that’s safe. Do not stand under a nest when you apply the pesticide. Consider that wasps can descend from the nest or chemicals can fall on your skin or eyes.
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