Wasps in the Sacramento Valley
Here in the Sacramento Valley we see pests come and go as the seasons do. With the heat of the summer you might notice that Wasps start to make more of an appearance. While we may see these pests year-round, they are most active in the summer months. As winter approaches and it gets cooler you will start to see wasps prepare to overwinter by their behavior. They will start to cluster together in tight spaces, maybe in a gap in the eaves of your house where no nest is present. While there are many varieties of Flying Stinging Insects, most common to our area is the Paper Wasp and Yellow Jacket.
Paper Wasps are social insects, forming nests and colonies. They form nests using wood and plant material mixed with Saliva. Generally, you will find these nests in sheltered areas such as under the eaves of a home, along fencing, under tree branches or an open end of a pipe. Paper wasps feed on nectars and other insects. They are not usually aggressive, but can be when threatened, and protect themselves with a sting or a bite. The sting or bite of a paper wasp can be quite painful and sometimes dangerous to those who may have an allergy toward them.
Yellow Jackets are much like paper wasps. They however, are known to be more aggressive, especially when protecting their nests. They are social hunters, considered to be a predatory social wasp, feeding on nectars and insects. You will find their nests in sheltered areas like wasps, but also commonly inside of structures, hollowed tree stumps, soil cavities, or shrubs. Yellow Jackets are infamous for the ability to be able to sting multiple times with their lance-like stingers with small barbs. This of course can make coming in contact with them much more painful and dangerous for those who may be allergic!
Both Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets have a slender narrow-waisted body shape, most commonly yellow and black, however they can be a variety of colors. They do not have fuzzy hairs covering their bodies and legs, like bees do. Their Colonies are annual. Fertilized queens overwinter in protected areas and begin their nests in spring to lay their eggs in. A colony consisting of queens, males, and workers will last through the summer and then die out only leaving fertilized queens to begin the next colony the following spring.
Though these insects do show some benefit when they are eating other insects and pollinating our gardens, if they come a little too close to home their risks can outweigh their benefits! Please call Direct Hit Pest Control at (916) 992-6870 if you notice these pests getting too close for comfort so we can discuss safe wasp removal in Sacramento or the surrounding communities.
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