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Wasp Control In North Delta BC

AVOID NASTY WASP STINGS THIS SPRING

Wasps, and hornets carry a nasty sting! These aggressive insects can be dangerous to people and should be exterminated if near your family’s home or your business.

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Common Types of Wasps Seen in North Delta

Let’s take a closer look at these pesky flying species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

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.

To reduce your chances of being stung this summer it’s best to know the stinging insects in the Greater Vancouver area – European and native paper wasps (also known as umbrella wasps), and of course the more common yellowjackets and so-called bald-faced hornets. Other types to be found are mason or potter wasps and a number of other less common varieties that humans don’t notice as often because they’re not as “in your face” as the more common varieties.

While hornets are commonly thought to be different from wasps, in fact they’re just a larger-sized sub-set of the wasp family. Like yellowjackets and paper wasps, hornets are social creatures, which means they live in hives. The only difference is in the number of roommates they have, as paper wasps tend to number a dozen or so to a nest, while hornets and yellowjackets can grow their nests to as many as four or five thousand individuals. Needless to say, the thought of 5,000 hornets buzzing around your home or business is likely to give you some serious nightmares.

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Giant Wasps nest found in local lawn bowling club

Types of Flying Insects We Can Help Remove

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Wasps

Wasps can be a huge nuisance and are generally aggressive when provoked. Let Westside Pest Control’s wasp control experts safely remove wasp and hornet nests from your home or business.

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Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornets can be very menacing. Be cautious and contact Westside Pest Control immediately if you spot a bald faced hornet nest.

Wasp Nest Removal

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For the most part, people don’t pay much attention to wasps and hornets except when they start to invade the picnic or barbecue. Then the hands start swatting and the homemade wasp traps come out. If the situation is bad enough the next outdoor event will likely feature a few store-bought contraptions designed to take care of that wasp or hornet problem.

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Wasp Life Cycle and Behaviour

In the world of North Delta’s wasps, the life cycle is pretty standard for the three varieties talked about in this article. A queen goes dormant in the winter months, and emerges from her hiding place in the spring when the weather warms up. She selects a place to begin a nest, gets it far enough along that she can lay her first eggs, then feeds her first group of larvae to the point that they can begin the process of expanding the nest – typically the papery-looking football-like structures that are so common under the eaves of homes. Sometimes the nest is located inside an alcove, or in a tree, or any place that is somewhat sheltered from the elements.

The queen continues to lay eggs while the workers guard the nest, expand it, and feed the young. The drones, males developed from unfertilized eggs, will have one job come fall – to mate with the new queens that are hatched at that time of year.

When mating season is done, all but the new queens die, the nest is abandoned, most likely never to be reused, and the queens go into hibernation once more.

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Huge dormant wasp nest removed from an attic. The nest was almost 3 feet wide!

The three wasp varieties mentioned here eat a variety of foods. Workers eat nectar, tree sap and fruit pulp (apples are particularly delicious to hornets, while European paper wasps are an expensive nuisance to Okanagan cherry and grape growers). Generally anything with sugar and carbohydrates is sought out as a welcome part of the wasp diet.

For many people, one of the most interesting things about wasps is that they’re attracted to meat and fish, hence the name “meat bees.” However, the wasps that collect the meat aren’t actually eating it themselves… they’re taking it back to the nest for the larvae to feed on. It’s actually an efficient exchange because the workers prepare the protein by chewing and conditioning the meat for the larvae, which in turn secrete a sugary substance that is eaten by the adults.

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Huge dormant wasp nest removed from an attic. The nest was almost 3 feet wide!

Now, while meat forms the diet for the larvae, it should be pointed out that the vast majority of this foodstuff is gathered as a result of the wasps hunting and killing other insects; the steak at your barbecue is just an added opportunity.

Which brings us to interactions with humans. All three of these wasp types are prone to building nests near human habitation, which is why wasp control services are so widely called up in the Greater Vancouver area.

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Detection, Elimination and Prevention

SAFE AND RELIABLE WASP NEST REMOVALS

Beginning in spring – as early as March and April – the phones start ringing at North Delta’s premier wasp control company. Westside Pest Control takes hundreds of calls every spring and summer when the wasps are in full flight. The nests start popping up everywhere, and if they’re not tackled early they just keep growing, becoming a bigger threat to people and their pets with every new batch of workers.

Hornet control, yellowjacket control and paper wasp control is best started as soon as a nest is detected. If it’s small enough, with just a few wasps involved, many brave homeowners or businesspeople will probably tackle the nest on their own. Knocking it down with a broom into a bucket and covering it over quickly so you can move it somewhere safer before releasing the insects is pretty efficient. As long as you’re careful, and as long as you can duck inside quickly should the irate wasps come after you, you should be okay. However, if you’re allergic to stinging insects, or aren’t confident in your ability to escape the attack of an agitated wasp, don’t try this method.

Four-foot Wasps Nest found in West Vancouver, BC

2015 has been a great year if you’re a wasp…… Westside Pest Control technician Conrad Lambertus discovered this massive 4 foot yellow jacket nest in the attic of a West Vancouver home August 20th

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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 North Delta’s leading wasp control and hornet control experts, Westside Pest Control.

Wasp control and hornet control both begin with understanding the insect. Neither of these pests is high on the list of favourite 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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What’s Inside Wasp and Hornet Nests

It’s that time of year again….

Though bald faced hornet nests can be truly fascinating, they can pose major safety risks when the nests get large and they become more aggressive in mid-late summer. If you see a bald faced hornet nest on your property, save yourself a sting and call our team of eco-friendly hornet and wasp removal experts today!

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Yellow Jacket nest removed from the soffit of a Vancouver home.

Westside Pest Control technician tackles a giant 2 foot hornets nest in a cedar tree!

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced hornet captured by Westside Pest Control Technician Justin Roberts. Bald Faced Hornets can be very menacing. Be cautious and contact Westside Pest Control immediately if you spot a bald faced hornet nest.

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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 North Delta Wasp Control experts to learn more about wasp removals.

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Remember, a wasp stinger isn’t like a bee’s stinger; it can do damage more than once, and wasp venom can cause reactions in humans and pets ranging from acute irritation all the way up to hospitalization and death.

Therefore, the much safer route to go when it comes to wasp or hornet control is to call in the professionals at Westside Pest Control. We have the knowledge and the equipment to deal with wasps efficiently and safely because we’ve been dealing with the insects since 2009.

As one of the best wasp control companies in North Delta and the surrounding communities, Westside Pest Control is professional in its approach to taking care of hornets, yellowjackets and paper wasps at your home or business. All of our employees are trained and certified in all of the products and equipment we use, and our #1 focus is always your safety.

Just as importantly, we focus on customer service, which means we’re not happy until you’re happy. Courteous interactions with our customers and effective results ensure we’re number one on the speed dials of satisfied clients when it comes to wasp control, or pest control of any kind.

So, if you’re having problems with wasps of whatever variety, call Westside Pest Control and put us to work. We’re more than happy to help . We’ll do the job well for a fair price, and we’ll do it with a smile.

We Can Help With Hornet And Wasp Control in North Delta

After a few simple questions, free estimates can be given over the phone for wasp control in North Delta and the rest of the Lower Mainland. Call the North Delta Wasp Control experts now at 604-565-9060 or contact Westside Pest Control by email.

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