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Understanding Different Types of WaspsWe’ve all seen someone overreact at the sight of a wasp. While it’s smart to be cautious around stinging insects, it’s smarter to know what if you actually have anything to fear. Indeed, a wasp’s sting is commonly considered to feel worse than a bee sting or mosquito bite; however, not all wasps pose a serious threats to humans. In fact, there are over 40 different types of wasps, some more dangerous than others. Knowing which type of wasp you are dealing with could make all the difference in your chances of being stung.

Mud Daubers

One common wasp to nest around your home is the mud dauber. Daubers like to build their nests out of mud and dirt. Mud Dauber nests are commonly found under your porch, in the garage, and along roof edges. If left alone, mud daubers will typically not be a nuisance and will not sting. However, if mishandled, they are known to sting humans in defense. Their sting is quite painful, but only a danger if you have an allergy to wasps. Although the mud dauber will not attack a human without being provoked, their abandoned nests can make a perfect breeding ground for more aggressive wasps.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are known to be very aggressive with a painful sting. A yellow jacket can both sting and bite. They will attack unprovoked and can sting multiple times. When they are stinging, a poison is released causing a painful reaction. While a yellow jacket sting is painful, you are not required to make a doctor’s visit unless you are allergic. Many insects lose their stinger, but the yellow jacket’s stinger can come back and attack over and over with no harm to the insect. If you see one, it is advised to steer clear to avoid injury.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are more aggressive than the mud dauber but not as much as the yellow jacket. They build their nests of small particles of wood mixed with saliva. The paper wasp will not attack unprovoked, but they will defend their nests when they feel threatened. It is difficult to tell the difference between the paper wasp and the more aggressive yellow jacket. The antennae on the paper wasp are orange while the yellow jacket has black antennae. We do not; however, recommend getting close enough to tell the difference.

What to Avoid

If you see a wasp nest anywhere, it is always safest to stay away. If the nest is on your home, you will want to call a professional to have the nest removed and have your house checked for additional nests. You must not handle the removal on your own, as many wasps become aggressive and protective of their nests. Due to the similarities in how these various wasps appear, it is best not to try to determine the type of wasp on your own. Even if the nest appears to be abandoned, there is a good chance it will soon attract more wasps if not removed by a professional.

Wasp Removal Experts

Calling a professional can save you from a painful sting. Critter Control® of Orlando is here to assist you in safely removing and preventing wasps and other insects from returning. To schedule your free consultation, call Critter Control® of Orlando at 407-295-7194 today.


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