As Californians, we’re lucky to enjoy pleasant weather all year long. The sun is shining, the breeze feels nice, and – oh no, what’s that?
It’s a wasp and it’s here to ruin your day. Well, not quite, but we can all agree that wasps are not the kind of company we want to keep. Wasps are scary because they can sting, and no one wants to be stung. It hurts. But are these buzzing insects all bad? Maybe not. Let’s dig a little deeper into the distinct behaviors of these alarming pests, and what their presence means for those around them.
Common Wasp Species In Roseville
Our sunshine state is home to hundreds of species of wasps, but two species are most common in the Roseville area: the Yellow Jacket and the Paper Wasp. The first thing to make note of is their appearance.
Yellow Jacket – These wasps have yellow and black stripes across their segmented bodies. They’re around 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch in length and have long, thin wings. They have a stinger in at the end of their abdomen, and they have a thin waist.
Paper Wasp – These wasps have a brown coloration with yellows stripes on their head, thorax, and abdomen. They are slender, long, narrow-waisted, and have dark wings folded lengthwise down their body. They measure about ¾ to 1 inch in length.
Wasp Behavior And Prevention
Wasps are most active in the warm, summer months, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about them in the winter. They seek shelter in preparation for the cold, finding somewhere to overwinter for the season. They often find shelter in the eaves of your house, along fencing, under tree branches, or the open ends of a pipe.
When most of us think of wasps, we think of them in a negative light. The fact that they sting makes it hard to be a fan of wasps, but there are some positives to acknowledge.
Wasps provide natural pest control. As they fly about, they chew up caterpillars and other small insects that they use to feed their little wasp larvae. In this way, they’re keeping the local pest population in check.
Wasps are also great for gardens because they help along the process of pollination. They feed on nectar and transfer pollen from flower to flower. This helps generate pollination.
But we can’t talk about wasps without acknowledging their cons. Wasps are notorious for their painful sting. Some of them can only sting once, and some of them can sting multiple times until they lose their stinger. Yellow Jackets, in particular, have venomous stingers and they’re one of the most aggressive stinging insects in the Central Valley.
Cover up holes in the ground with cement or grass
Eliminate sources of food (human and pet food) and don’t leave them outside.
Keep all doors and windows shut when possible
Keep an eye out for wasp nests in sheds, garages, wall cavities, etc.
Keep garbage cans tightly sealed and cover any piles of compost.
Pick up trash and clean spills as soon as they happen
Use caulking the seal cracks and crevices around porch
Use wasp-repelling plants like wormwood, marigold, mint, basil, and geranium.
If you’re seeking more advice or further assistance in dealing with your wasp situation, you’ve come to the right place. White Line Pest Management offers comprehensive stinging insect control to the community of Roseville and the surrounding areas. Our certified pest technicians identify and eliminate all sources of infestation, working their way from the inside out to protect every single inch of your property. Call us today to discuss your wasp control needs.