At its smallest, it can look like a tiny honeycomb. At its largest, it can look like a giant swirling ball that can hide a multi-layered mega city within. No matter how large it is, these fragile-looking structures can be the herald of only one thing – the Omaha paper wasp. Often confused with the yellow jacket due to its coloring, the paper wasp is one of the most common wasp species in the United States. While one, maybe even two, paper wasp nests hanging from the side of your house might be expected, they are no less dangerous.
Yet, with all the other houses and likely safer areas for them to build their nests, why are paper wasps continuously building their nests on your Omaha house?
It is a Suitable Area
Paper wasps get their name from their nests. They use plant fibers and saliva to construct their nests in which they lay their eggs and raise their young. It is this combination of building materials that cause their nests to look like they are made of paper, especially when they get larger and start to umbrella down in multiple layers and wrap a protective exterior around it all. For those who have ever removed a paper wasp nest on their own, they will already know that the nests are certainly sturdier than they look, but not completely impervious.
As a paper wasp nest can be destroyed rather easily, paper wasps tend to only build them in sheltered areas. This can include door frames, window sills, eaves of houses, or even corners that do not get a lot of wind or rain. If your home has a lot of nice sheltered areas, the paper wasp will find it suitable to build a nest there.
While shelter is important for a suitable nesting spot, the biggest factor that decides on where a paper wasp builds its nest is its proximity to a food source. For the most part, paper wasps feed on nectar similar to bees. However, in the complete reverse of bees, they actually go and prey on other insects like caterpillars in order to provide food for their larvae.
An insect-infected yard looks good to many species of wasps, not just paper wasps. However, if you also have a lot of fragrant, brightly-colored flowers, it essentially makes it into a pretty attractive buffet.
How Successfully Remove Paper Wasps
A lot of homeowners have a “live and let live” policy when it comes to paper wasps, particularly when their nests are the size of a silver dollar. They help to pollinate plants and they also prey on other insects, so they are a boon, right? Not so much. Aside from having an excruciatingly painful sting, for those who are allergic to their venom, their ability to both swarm and sting multiple times can make them deadly.
Not only are wasps annoying, but your paper wasp problem can grow exponentially. After building their initial nest, adult wasps are out finding food while the larvae take over responsibility building the nest for the next generation. So your silver dollar-sized nest could expand to be as large as your head in just a couple months, and a nest that big is home to a lot of painful stings.
Ideally, paper wasps should have their nests dealt with as soon as you spot them. This disrupts their larvae and will keep the population down for a time. If you have a paper wasp problem year after year, it is best to call in a professional. A good exterminator can help treat problem areas and analyze exactly why they are coming to your home.
For those dealing with paper wasps in the Omaha area, contact us today. With our free inspections, we can tell you exactly why and where paper wasps are likely to strike and prevent them from paying a visit ever again.