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The End-of-Summer Stings

Some of us welcome the close of summer, while others want the hotter days to linger longer. But there’s one thing we can all agree on during this time of year: None of us want to get stung! Unfortunately, Paper Wasps, Bald-Faced Hornets and Yellow Jackets are typically at their highest populations in and around the month of September.

With that in mind, here are some things to look for when trying to identify and steer clear from stinging insects.

Paper Wasps

Appearance
Red or yellow in color with brown stripes.

Nests
Wide and somewhat flat, their nests are made from a material that looks like gray paper.

Location
Under roof eaves, decks or hidden in playground equipment.

Warnings
Because their nests can be large and active this time of year, Paper Wasps may be more aggressive in protecting it and may attack if you get too close.

Bald-Face Hornets

Appearance
Large bodied, with black and white coloring.

Nests
Big, gray, football shaped nests.

Location
Under roof eaves, in shrubs and trees.

Warnings
Bald-Face Hornets will attack if they sense their nest is being threatened.

Yellow Jackets

Appearance
Small-bodied, with black and yellow coloring.

Nests
Large and gray with a somewhat smooth surface.

Location
Generally found near old tree roots or under ground.

Warnings
Yellow Jackets are extremely aggressive and will swarm if threatened. Be especially careful when cutting your lawn, as they often attack after their nest has been accidentally run over with a lawn mower.

Please be extra cautious when you’re outdoors this season. And if you want to get rid of a nest near your home, give us a call.

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