April showers bring May flowers and unfortunately, June wasps. Be prepared with these helpful facts shared by our NJ pest control professionals.
The Life Cycle of NJ Wasps
The principal wasp species found in New Jersey are paper wasps, yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets. All three begin their life cycle in spring and early summer, when one or more females construct a nest. Wasps will look for spaces around eaves and shutters, in trees and shrubs and other places offering protection and access to food.
In each nest, one fertilized female will lay eggs that ultimately produce the first generation of female workers. Males emerge during late summer; at which time they mate with the females. Once mated, female wasps seek shelter in soil or under leaf litter where they will remain through winter.
What Do Wasps Eat?
Wasps obtain protein by feeding on house flies, caterpillars and other insects. Sugar is another dietary need, which wasps usually satisfy through plant nectar and fruit. Sometimes wasps will be found hovering around garbage cans and circling picnickers in search of sugary foods.
When wasps feel threatened, they defend themselves by stinging. A wasp sting can be painful under any circumstance, but it may be life-threatening to people with allergies.
Stay Safe with NJ Wasp Abatement from Allison Pest Control
Do not put yourself or your family at risk. Contact us for experienced removal of wasp nests and plans for wasp abatement.