Wasps on Nest

What is a wasp?

Wasps can vary quite a bit in appearance depending on the different types of wasp. All wasps you’re likely to encounter have two pairs of wings and a pinched waist, but their coloring can range from dull black to shiny green or blue. Yellow jackets, the most common type of wasp, have the classic bee-like yellow and black markings. Their size can vary from almost microscopic to multiple centimeters in length. Hornets are a type of wasp and make up the larger members of the species.

Most wasps are considered social and live in colonies, though there are solitary hunters. They are also divided up between predatory and parasitic. Predatory wasps hunt, kill, and consume other insects. Parasitic wasps, on the other side, lay their eggs in the bodies of living creatures so that they can feed upon them once hatched. Wasp colonies center around a queen who produces unfertilized eggs that turn into males and hundreds of new workers each season.

Is your wasp problem dangerous?

Wasps are generally social insects which means that if you encounter one, you’re likely to encounter many more. They have smooth stingers which make them capable of making multiple painful stings all at once. Wasps are never aggressive unless they feel that their nest is threatened, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take their potential threat seriously, especially if you’re allergic and susceptible to anaphylaxis. Once provoked, wasps release a pheromone that attracts others to aid in their defense.

Why do I have a wasp infestation?

Wasps enter your home through an open window or door or through your attic where they have overwintered. You will likely find nests on the exterior of the home during the spring and summer seasons. During the cooler months, wasps will often fly in large numbers around structures searching for places to overwinter. In these instances, there is no nest to treat or remove. Exclusion is the most effective control method to minimize activity.

Wasp pest control for your home or business.

Wasp prevention is similar to other pest prevention: keep any potential entrances closed, potential food sources limited, and potential hiding places clear. You can use insecticides against wasps, but we recommend contacting pest removal professionals. Wasps nests can be dangerous to remove on your own without the proper protective equipment.

Gregory Pest wasp infestation removal services.

A technician from Gregory Pest Solutions will be your full-service provider specializing in the effective removal and prevention of wasps and their nests from your home or business.

When you hire us to evaluate your home’s pest problem, one of our pros will assess the wasp situation and then formulate an environmentally friendly plan for removal and prevention. Once we implement our plan, our experts will remove accessible nests so you and your family can enjoy a lasting insect-free environment.

A large paper wasp nest with wasps on it.

Wasp FAQ

When are wasps most active?

Wasps are daytime insects that are most abundant during the summer months from June to September. They prefer warming temperatures and are more dormant in the evening. 

When is it safe to remove a wasp nest?

In the fall, the colony breaks up and most wasps leave the nest. While nests are inhabited, nighttime when the insects are dormant is the safest time to approach a nest. No matter when you attempt to remove a wasp nest, there is still the chance of danger. Your safest course of action is to hire a wasp removal service like Gregory.

What is the difference between a wasp vs bee?

Wasps are smooth and have narrow waists while bees are rounded and fuzzy. Bees eat nectar from plants and flowers while wasps eat other insects, fruit and other sweeter items. Wasps are attracted to human food and sugary beverages. 

What is a fairy wasp?

Fairy wasps, microscopic wasps or fairy flies, are tiny, fluffy insects that inhabit warmer or tropical climates. They only live a few short days and despite their fragile appearance, they can sting you if they feel threatened. 

What types of wasps are in South Carolina?

The primary wasps of South Carolina that you might encounter are the yellow jacket, the paper wasp, the mud dauber (which builds nests with mud) and the European hornet. 

How to get rid of a wasp nest?

Call the professionals! Putting yourself or your family on the front line is not worth the risk of multiple painful stings. Wasps become extremely aggressive when their nest is threatened.


Where can I get wasp control services?

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