Critter Control wasp removal can get rid of wasp nests and wasp problems through effective wasp control and wasp removal solutions. Our experts know how to get rid of wasps and eliminate wasp problems. Description Wasps fall into two groups: social or solitary. While solitary wasps can sting and may annoy individuals with their presence, they are rarely targeted for pest control because they don't usually appear in large numbers. Social wasps include yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps gather in the thousands and are a serious threat to people. Appearance Size and color vary from wasp to wasp. In general, social wasps have black and yellow stripes or spots and measure between one and two inches in length. However, some species are uniquely colored and appear red or black. In contrast to bees, who are typically hairy or fuzzy, wasps have smooth, shiny bodies. The pests are aggressive and sting people often. Habitat Social wasps build their nests in the ground, in trees, or around homes. The pests are found throughout North America and are active year round in southern portions of the continent. Entry Are wasps known to enter homes or yards? Wasps enter homes through cracks, holes, and open doors or windows. They typically build nests hanging off roof eaves but may construct them somewhere inside homes if they're able to move freely between the indoors and outdoors. Damage Do wasps harm people or property? Simply passing too close to a wasp nest can trigger an attack as the pests are very aggressive. Individuals who are allergic to their venom may go into anaphylactic shock when stung, which can be fatal if left untreated. Additionally, since wasps strip bark off trees to build their papery hives, their presence is detrimental to nearby plant life. Control and Safety Individuals should avoid wasp nests as best they can to keep themselves safe. Since hives often appear on private properties, it's important to take action at the first sign of infestation. Additionally, since wasps are attracted to trash, food, and sugary drinks, get tightly fitted lids for trash bins and have covered containers when picnicking. Prevention and Removal Controlling wasps is dangerous so homeowners should not attempt to remove infestations on their own. For the safest results, call the pest control experts at Critter Control. Our experts keep residents safe from the dangers of wasp presence.