Since the summer in Las Vegas is literally just around the corner it is important to know about bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets so you can avoid being stung.  So here is some information about wasps that may help you to recognize them and other interesting facts.

Unlike bees, a wasp's body is smooth and has no hair and there are 4,000 kinds of wasps in the United States. These types of stinging insects including wasps send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. It might be a good idea to keep Benadryl in your medicine cabinet in case of a wasp sting.

Once the temperature rises the queen wasps emerge from their winter hibernation. Their main priority is to find locations to build new nests. As they build the nest, it reaches its maximum size in late summer and early autumn. Each queen lays queen eggs and drone eggs, with each nest holding up to 1,500 new queens.

Wasps are most active during the day and usually return to their nests at dusk. They are often seen flying around during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies search for food that will sustain their queens during the winter.  Unlike bees that feed on pollen and nectar- wasps feed on protein like humans.  Another interesting fact is that most wasps live less than one year and some only live for a few months.

If you see large numbers of wasps around your home and yards, there is likely to be a nest nearby. It may be in your house or your garden.  If you see a nest on your property call a licensed professional pest control company to remove it – don’t try to do this yourself.

A mature nest in summer/autumn can contain thousands of wasps and they will attack or sting if they are disturbed or handled, or unless they feel threatened. When they do attack most wasps are aggressive and will sting repeatedly.

The following tips can help you avoid painful sting of a wasp. Carefully dispose of all food and drinks, especially soft drink cans.  Never leave sugary drinks unattended - also, always check sugary drinks for wasps before consuming. Avoid strong scents and bright clothing.  Protect your feet by wearing closed shoes.

GLOBAL PEST SERVICES in Las Vegas is a licensed pest control company that is qualified to handle all your pest elimination needs including bee hive removal.  Call our office at 702-657-0091 or go to our web site- to speak with us for all your pest control needs.  Get a quote now!

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