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How Dangerous Are Wasps In Akron?

August 13, 2021 - Wasps

Here in Akron, we’ve got our fair share of stinging insects, from ants to bees to wasps and more. Wasps and hornets make up a good portion of the stinging pests in our area, and many people don’t know a lot about these often aggressive animals.

If you have questions about wasps – such as how you can recognize them or what you can do to get rid of them – keep reading. We’ll talk about how to get these hostile insects off your property without getting a nasty sting.

How Do I Tell The Difference Between Wasps & Bees? 

The general rule of wasps and bees is that wasps are long and thin, and bees are short and fat. Some bees, like the bumblebee, are so round they’re almost comical. Wasps' bodies and wings are generally more flexible than those of even thinner bees like honeybees. Wasps also have a defined, cinched “waist” between their thoraxes and abdomens.

Another way to tell the difference is wasps are almost always hairless, while bees almost always have some fuzz. Wasps will have a smooth, shiny appearance (some wasps are even metallic) while bees’ fuzziness will often be apparent even from far away. Bees also have hairy legs to help them pick up more pollen, while wasps don’t.

Are Wasps Dangerous?

They can be! Certain species of wasp, like hornets and yellow jackets, are infamous for their extreme hostility towards intruders. Many wasps will swarm in defense of their nests, stinging as many times as it takes to neutralize the threat and sometimes even pursuing intruders over short distances.

Unlike their bee cousins, wasps can sting as many times as they want, meaning a swarm of wasps stinging over and over again can result in dozens and even hundreds of stings. While most people won’t be in any danger of death from wasp stings, there is always the possibility that someone with an allergy to insect venom could fall victim to a wasp attack. If that happens, the results could be deadly.

Do Wasps Have A Purpose?

Just about everything in nature has its place, and wasps are no different. Because they feed on nectar and fruit, wasps provide pollination for many plants, just like their bee cousins do. Some plants – like the fig tree – would go extinct without their wasp pollinators. Wasps are also beloved by gardeners for their predatory behavior. These hawkish insects often kill other pests like caterpillars, grasshoppers, and spiders to feed their young – cutting down on many insects that can destroy fruits, veggies, and prize flowers.

How Can I Keep Wasps Away From My Property?

You can discourage wasps from setting up shop on your property by eliminating things that attract them and planting things they don’t like. Get rid of flowers that bloom during the day when wasps are most active, and also avoid planting cool-colored flowers (blue and purple), which are more likely to attract wasps. Instead, plant things wasps hate, like thyme, citronella, and mint. You can also try trimming back hedges, cutting overhanging branches, and filling holes in the ground to eliminate potential nesting spots for both aerial and ground wasps.

If you wind up with an infestation, don’t try to get rid of it yourself. Most species of wasp become hostile at even the hint of a threat to their nests, so attempting to knock down or kill a wasp nest often results in an attack. To avoid stings, call us here at Promise Pest Control. We have the experience and tools to safely remove wasp nests and keep both people and pets sting-free. Contact us to schedule your residential pest control or commercial pest management service today.