How to get rid of wasps
Find out how Rentokil can help rid your property of wasps
Some species, like the Honey Bee, are actually a valuable part of our ecosystem. Understanding their habits, lifecycle and appearance can help to identify the best form of wasp control for your home or business.
See our list below of common species found in Canada.
(Family: Vespidae, e.g. Vespula Vulgaris & Vespula germanica)
These are the two commonly found wasp species across Canada. and the ones responsible for causing painful wasp stings.
Once indoors, they prefer to build nests in sheltered locations with easy access to the outside, such as lofts, garages and wall cavities. Outside they may nest in old rodent burrows, hollow trees and bushes.
Honey bees are the species kept by Bee Keepers.
The differences between wasps and hornets are small and they can be difficult for the average person to detect just by trying to look at the flying insects swarming around them. Here are a few key differences:
Size: Wasps are typically smaller than hornets. Hornets are usually slower, ungraceful giants that can be up to two inches in length.
Coloring: Wasps are usually a red and black color and hornets can range in color from black and white to brownish or even a slightly reddish color.
Diet: Wasps love all things sweet. They consume fruits, juices, sweets and even meat. Hornets, on the other hand, like to prey on other insects, but seldom will eat sweets.
Aggressiveness: Wasps are well known for their aggressive nature, but that is primarily specific to yellowjackets. Paper wasps, however, will rarely attack unless provoked. Hornets tend to get very defensive when someone wanders within a certain radius of their nests. The radius depends on the species.
Nests: Hornets build spherical shaped nests elevated in the air with the inner chambers covered with a paper-like substance. Unlike wasps, they rarely make nests in the ground. Paper wasps make nests that are exposed and not covered with the paper substance.
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