St Louis Roofing: Article About Wasp Or Bee
As the weather gets warmer, it is common for homeowners to see bees and wasps make nests in their attic or underneath the eaves of their roofs. Fortunately, not all bees and wasps are aggressive or even harmful. How do homeowners know what is in their roof, whether they need to remove them and how to go about getting rid of them? These are all questions that can be answered by a St Louis roofing professional.
First, a homeowner can tell the difference between a bee and a wasp because wasps tend to have slimmer bodies and are generally white and black or red and black in color. While bumblebees and yellow jackets tend to both be yellow, the bumblebee has a bigger midsection and generally flies in a predictable manner.
Whether a wasp is harmful depends on the type of wasp that is inside the house. A solitary wasp is generally docile and will not sting a human even if one gets close to it. Social wasps can be very aggressive and sting multiple times. Paper wasps and mud wasps tend to be relatively docile while yellow jackets and hornets are among the most aggressive and should only be removed by a trained professional.
Is it necessary to get rid of the wasps that are in a homeowner's attic or under the eaves? That question depends on the level of traffic that may move in the area around the nest.
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Paper wasps are beneficial for gardeners as they eat caterpillars and other insects that eat and ruin crops. Additionally, if a wasp is a solitary wasp, the colonies that they build are not going to be larger than a dozen or so members at a time. Therefore, it is unlikely that the insects will cause major damage to a home.
If homeowners want them removed, a professional may use a spray that will kill the wasps on contact. After the wasps are killed, the nest will be removed, which should keep them away for at least the rest of the year. In some cases, it may be possible to wait until the fall when the wasps leave or die off to have a professional remove the nest and the over wintering queen.
While wasps can be a pest, they are not always dangerous or in need of removal right away. Talking to a roofing professional can help identify the source of the problem, create a plan to remove them and repair any damage that they may have caused.