What’s All The Buzz About? East Sacramento's Wasps! And they can be found right in your own backyard.
The Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris) can be easily distinguished from bees by their pointed body and narrow waist. But these aren’t the cute, fluffy, good-for-everyone bees we’ve all come to love here in East Sacramento. These lean, mean, fighting machines are otherwise known as good-for-nothing just down-right rude insects that like to ruin your day (or family picnics). Wasps are related to both the bee and the ant. With over 120,000 species, they can be found in every corner of the world (except Antarctica), in just about every color imaginable and don’t play much of a role in the pollination of plants, unlike the honeybee. And if this isn’t buzzare enough, wasps are also ruthless scavengers, not only feeding on plant products but other insects as well, including their own young! In some agricultural systems they have even been deployed by farmers in the thousands as a natural pest control on their crops. Ok, so I guess they aren’t good-for-nothing…
Most of the common wasps you see around East Sacramento, such as paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets are social insects that form colonies inside nests frequently found in and around domestic housing. These nests are constructed from saliva and paper-like material from tree bark, wood pulp and other plant debris. The females, called workers, work long and hard all summer to build these nests and by late summer they can contain up to 5,000 individual eggs!
As you can see, wasps are very industrious creatures. We all can respect that! However, they often build nests where they aren’t welcome and with their unlimited stinging power can be a dangerous prospect to those who are allergic (so they don’t pay rent or care about your well-being…duly noted). Their aggression and defensiveness can be triggered by simply walking too close to the proximity of their nest. Not a force to bee reckoned with, because safety comes first, especially if kids are nearby. It is always advisable to contact a professionally trained company if wasps are causing a problem at your home. Give us a call if you are in need of treatment. We are always here to help.
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