Wasps In Long Island: A Comprehensive Guide To Wasp Removal And Prevention


Wasps In Long Island: A Comprehensive Guide To Wasp Removal And Prevention


When it comes to wasps, safety is the key. These insects sting, and they won’t hesitate to defend themselves. That’s why A&M Quality Pest Control provides wasp control in Long Island; to keep you and your family safe. Call today to learn more about wasps and our options to keep them away from your home. 

Distinctive Wasp Characteristics: How To Identify Wasps

Wasps are insects closely related to bees, meaning the two groups have many similar characteristics, and it can be hard to tell them apart. However, there are a few differences between bees and wasps that you can use to identify the insects, even from a distance. 

Wasps have smooth bodies, while bees are fuzzy. They also have smooth stingers, allowing them to sting multiple times. Wasps have a defined, narrow “waist,” different from bees’ round bodies. 

A few types of wasps are frequent in Long Island. Bald-faced hornets are not hornets, but they are bald-faced. These wasps are black with white markings, notably on their faces. They build aerial paper nests.

Yellow jackets are black and yellow and usually between ¼ to ½ inch long. They’ll build their nests underground or aerially. 

Eastern cicada-killer wasps are by far the largest type, often crossing 1 ½ inches in length. They’re also black and yellow, like yellow jackets, but the size alone is an indicator of the different species. Cicada-killer wasps hunt cicadas to feed their young. They dig tunnels in lawns to create nests. 

Wasps are stinging insects, which can lead to problems when they’re living near your home. Wasp removal services may be necessary to keep them away. 

The Dangers Of Wasps: Health Risks And Property Damage

The biggest concern with a wasp infestation is the risk of being stung. Fortunately, wasps are not typically aggressive and will only sting if threatened. This means that removing their nests will likely get you stung. For most people, wasp venom will not cause severe reactions. Common symptoms include localized swelling, pain, itching, and burning. These should clear up on their own. Just be sure to wash the sting site and keep it clean. 

Some people are allergic to wasp venom and will experience a more severe reaction, including anaphylactic shock. If you develop shortness of breath, swelling or pain beyond the sting site, nausea, numbness, or other serious symptoms after being stung by a wasp, seek medical attention immediately.

Cicada-killer wasps dig tunnels in lawns, which can lead to property damage. It can also be a safety hazard since the tunnels can make the ground uneven. 

Because wasps will sting in self-defense, you’ll likely need professional wasp nest removal for your property. 

Strategies For Wasp Prevention: Effective Tips And Tricks

You won’t always be able to keep flying insects out of your yard. But you can make the area around your home less attractive to wasps, which means they’ll be less likely to build nests on your property. These wasp prevention tips can help you protect your home and family from wasps:

  • Seal any cracks or holes in the walls of your house

  • Make sure all window screens are intact with no large holes

  • Keep food covered outside, which may include installing lids on trash cans

  • Install plants that repel wasps

Cracks and holes in the walls and damaged window screens can let wasps into your house. You're less likely to be stung when wasps stay outside where they belong.

Food often attracts insects, including wasps. Although adult wasps typically feed on nectar, they’ll seek out all kinds of food for their young. Protect all food items with tight-fitting lids.

A few plants work to repel wasps, mainly with their scent. Lemongrass, basil, and peppermint keeps wasps away from your house. 

Do-it-yourself wasp control can be useful, but leave nest removal to the professionals. 

Safe and Effective Wasp Removal: Contact Us Right Away!

A&M Quality Pest Control is your best option for wasp removal in Long Island. Why? We pride ourselves on our thorough wasp control treatments. We don’t just remove visible nests. Instead, we’ll thoroughly inspect your house, looking for how wasps got in and what could have attracted them. Our treatment options vary based on your needs, so you’ll always know that you’re getting the services that will be most beneficial for your home. 

With A&M Quality Pest Control, you know you’re getting Long Island wasp control you can trust. Our treatments are effective and affordable. Call today to learn more about how we keep Long Island homes and families safe from wasps.