Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wasps: A Revisit

Like yesterday's post, today's will be a quick revisit but this time all about wasps.

  • Paper wasps are one of the most commonly observed wasps in Canada
  • Named for their habit of making paper nests 
  • This species is dusty yellow to dark brown or black in colour and have little to no hair
  • Paper wasps are generally between 1.9 and 2.5 cm 
  • Are slender, with needle-thin waists, they have oval eyes and long antenna
  • Like both bald-face hornets and European hornets they have 2 legs that hang visibly when flying
  • Paper wasps are considered to be gentle, however if they or their wasps are threatened or disturbed they will become aggressive and can sting repeatedly
  • Their nests consist of open hexagonal cells built using paper--which is wood fibers mixed with the wasps' saliva They can collect the wood fiber from various sources such as dead wood, wooden structures and plant stems Their nests hang down horizontally in protect spaces such as attics, eaves or can be found in soil cavities
  • A nest will rarely exceed the size of an outstretched hand with populations of  between 15-200
Wasps (and bees and hornets) are not necessarily a pest you want hanging around to closely to your home since many people do have allergies to them. Cottage Country Pest Control can come in and using IPM methods we can help make your environment safer for you and your family.
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