There are over 100,000 different species of wasps. These species include yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets. Some wasps are mistaken for bees and bees are mistaken for wasps. They commonly are 16-20 mm long and have oval, segmented bodies with long legs. They have antenna on their head and a stinger on their back side. They are a brownish color with yellow markings. They have two pairs of wings and sometimes have a few thickened hairs.
Wasps are generally not aggressive. If they feel that themselves or their nest are threatened, they can become aggressive and sometimes dangerous. If you find that one or two wasps seem to be swarming you, stay calm. If they land on you, swipe them away with cautious, slow movements. If you have come to a wasp nest, proceed with caution. If you agitate a nest of wasps, it can be very dangerous. Wasp nests can house hundreds of wasps. If you agitate them, you may have an entire swarm of wasps coming after you. If you find this has happened, run to the nearest place inside. Once you are safe, double check your clothing for any wasps that may have attached to your clothes.
Wasp bites are generally just painful red marks. These marks can be treated with ice and regular pain medications. If you are allergic, you will want to seek medical attention immediately. If you have an allergic reaction, it could cause nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath and swelling of the throat, preventing breathing. Seek medical attention immediately especially if you have multiple bites. Avoiding these bites is important. If you see any wasps around you proceed with extreme caution. Move slowly as not to agitate them. Try to move slowly away from any nests you find on your property and have them removed.
Wasps tend to build paper like nests in trees, eaves, attics or porches. These nests can house hundreds of wasps and should be dealt with by a professional. These stinging insects tend to be more prevalent in the fall when all of the new wasps are born. This is a good time to contact a professional exterminator to make sure that your house is pest free. Having stinging insects in or around your home can be dangerous for you and your family. Having a professional examine your property early can prevent any future unwanted infestations.