Wasps, Hornet, Yellow Jackets – OH MY! – Wasp and Hornet Extermination – Raleigh NC
Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are a normal part of nature, but when they take up residence on your property, they can swarm and create a dangerous and even life-threatening situation.
Whether a pet or a person, the object of the swarm’s wrath can be very serious, and happen rather quickly. Taking their victim by surprise, an attack by wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets can result in many bee stings, or worse, an anaphylactic-shock-type of reaction. These flying pests are common in the south, whether you live in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, or any other part of Wake County.
Hornets have a reputation as an ornery flying insect. Their nests, typically made of bits of wood and plant leaves, can be found tucked away in the foliage of any tree or bush. The problem is that they don’t stop at one sting. No, agitated hornets can sting their victim multiple times and even chase them for over a quarter-mile! Since a single nest can contain over 10,000 hornets, it’s easy to see why you would want to leave these creatures alone.
The Yellow Jacket
Yellow jackets are the typical backyard flying pests, with their nests often found near houses, in cracks and crevices, and most annoyingly in the light fixture of your covered porch light. Like the hornet’s nest, the yellow jacket nest can be hidden quite well and often go undetected until it’s too late and the inhabitants come out to defend their hive. Unfortunately, the sting of a yellow jacket can cause allergic reactions for some who are sensitive, or provoke an allergic reaction if the victim is stung many times. They are the most commonly found, yet never-invited, guests at the family summer picnic.
Different wasps have different preferences as to their nests. Some burrow into the mud or straight into the ground, while others, such as potter wasps, attach their nests to a tree, and old abandoned car, or your house. The nests have combs, or individual compartments, into which a larva is deposited and allowed to develop into a baby wasp. Adult wasps protect the baby wasps fiercely, which is partly why disturbing the nest is such a bad idea.
How Do Wasps Sting?
Did you know that if you’re stung by a wasp, it was definitely a female? All stinging wasps are females who have an “ovipositor” that can inject venom into the intended wasp’s victim. The site of the sting usually swells up as the venom infiltrates the skin, and it can hurt for quite some time. Wasp venom contains factors that release histamine, which dissolves red blood cells. Some people need immediate medical attention, especially if they are allergic to bee stings. Most people can survive many stings, responding with only temporary pain and swelling, but to about 1% of the general population, a wasp sting can be fatal. If you are stung by a wasp, seek medical attention. “Epi-pens” can be very useful for this purpose because its immediate use might counteract the venom and can reduce the allergic response in the victim. If your pet is stung, find a nearby animal hospital if needed.
Cary Pest Control Can Help
Some wasp, yellow-jacket, and hornet colonies can respond to a threat with several thousand defenders, each capable of delivering several stings. These species are considered very dangerous and should be removed professionally if they are close to your home. Call Sauls Cary Pest Control, Inc to help you solve your wasp, hornet, or yellow-jacket problem.
Contact Sauls Cary Pest at 919-851-3808 today to arrange a visit, or contact us via our online form and let us handle your pest problems.