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Are you experiencing a wasp infestation in or near your home or business? Ehrlich’s state-licensed pest Technicians are trained in the most effective wasp control and removal methods in the industry.
Ehrlich customers rely on their Technicians to deliver safe wasp removal treatments. Vespid wasps (paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets) are the most dangerous species of stinging insects due to their painful stings which in rare cases can be fatal. If they feel threatened, wasps will attack humans in large numbers.
Every fall, newly mated queen wasps will seek shelter in protective structures to build their nests. This can include the exterior or interior of your home. In the spring, the nest will grow and wasps can become a danger to humans.
Wasp nests can be dangerous to handle. Rely on professional treatments to keep safe from stings
The treatment and removal of wasps from a property requires the expertise of a pest control professional. This is how we approach wasp control:
Ehrlich strongly advises against attempting to remove wasp nests by do-it-yourself methods as this can be highly dangerous. Ehrlich Technicians have specialized equipment and wear protective gear to remove wasp nests safely.
1. Identification - Correctly identifying the type of wasp that is infesting your property is key to successfully removing them. A Technician may use different treatment methods depending on the species of wasp. In addition to distinguishing the differences between wasps and bees, Ehrlich Technicians are trained to identify the most common wasp species.
2. Recommendation - Once the wasp is identified, your Technician will make a treatment recommendation. The method of removal your Technician will suggest will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of wasp, the location of the nest, state and local regulations and the severity of an infestation. Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, your Technician will provide you with a quote for services.
3. Treatment - The method of treatment used will vary from applying aerosols, dust or liquid treatments. Your Technician will apply the application to the nest using a stinging insect pole while wearing protective gear.
Paper Wasps - One of the most commonly encountered wasp species in residential homes, paper wasps earn their namesake for the upside down umbrella-shaped nests they construct of papery materials. While their appearance can vary slightly by species, paper wasps have distinctive long legs. Paper wasp nests are commonly found in attics, deck floors, porch ceilings and the top of window/door frames.
Hornets - The largest of wasp species that commonly infest properties, hornets will build their nests on atop trees, utility poles, sheds, in shrubs etc.. Baldfaced hornets and European hornets are two of the most common hornet species in the U.S. Hornet stings can be extremely painful although they are not as aggressive as other wasp species.
Yellow Jackets - Famous for their distinctive yellow and black color scheme, yellow jackets are known to be very aggressive when close to humans. There 16 different yellow jacket species active in the U.S., including the common yellowjacket, Vespula vulgaris and German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica. Yellow jackets will build both aerial and ground nests. Yellow jackets are capable of stinging a person multiple times.
Over the years, Ehrlich has developed expertise in handling wasp species in the eastern U.S. We understand the appropriate way to treat for wasps and our well-trained specialists seek to provide the optimal wasp control service that suits your specific situation.
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Queen wasps are fond of building their nests in attics as they provide their nests with proper shelter to survive the cold of winter.
For safety reasons, Ehrlich Technicians will only treat attics that have a fixed floor or walkway in place. Wearing protective gear, your Technician will effectively treat and remove the nest without allowing the wasps to gain access to the rest of the home.
Trust your local pest control experts at Ehrlich to solve your wasp-related problems. All Ehrlich Technicians are licensed to perform wasp removal services and are knowledgeable about the most common wasp species in your local area.
Have you spotted a wasp nest on your property? Schedule a free inspection with an Ehrlich Technician today by calling 1-800-837-5520 or contacting us online.
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