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What is a Wasp Moth?

Polka-Dot_Wasp_Moth.svgA wasp moth is a member of the moth family that imitates wasps in order to avoid predators. It takes on the black, yellow and red wasp coloring, and it has a clear wing. They look so much like wasps that it can be hard to tell the difference at first glance. A wasp moth does not sting or bite; it simply tries to look like it might so that birds and other predators won’t hunt it out of fear of being injured by the sting. Wasp moths even fly during the day, and they can emit a buzzing sound to make themselves even more convincing. Learn more below.

How Can You Tell a Wasp Moth From a Regular Wasp?

There are several physiological differences between a wasp moth and wasp. However, you may have to get quite close to see these differences. For instance, the wasp moth’s antennae will be light and feathery whereas a wasp or bees antennae are quite stiff. A wasp moth also does not have the narrow waist that is characteristic to wasps because they do not have a stinger. Their mouths are different as well, and wasps have chewing jaws that wasp moths lack.

Life of a Wasp Moth

The wasp moth begins life as a caterpillar, and these caterpillars have gregarious appetites. When a wasp moth lays eggs, it often lays them on the roots of trees. A wasp moth can lay up to 400 eggs at a time. Within 10 days, they hatch, and the larvae bore holes into trees and they spend the winter there.In the spring, the caterpillars have grown, and they feed in the tree until early summer when they emerge as wasp moths.

But Are They A Pest?

These holes can cause major damage to orchard trees like peach trees, cherry trees, plum trees and other stone fruit trees. When the recently hatched larvae bore into the tree, they can do both structural damage to the tree and often cause a fungus in the tree. This is seen in the fruit and can easily be recognized. These caterpillars are also found in maple trees, oak trees, pine trees and on grape vines.

How Do You Protect Your Trees?

Both sprays and fumigants may be used as preventative measures on your trees. These measures should be taken at the right time of the year because once the larvae are under the bark of the tree, they can become difficult to control. Your best option is to call a professional pest control service who know how to prevent infestations to your trees without damaging them. If you have noticed wasp moths around your property, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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What is So Great About the Great Golden Digger Wasp?

SphexPensylvanicusTypically the general public thinks of wasps as undesirable. As insects, they are often seen as both a nuisance and harmful. In some ways, this stereotype holds water, but the great golden digger wasp does quite a bit of good for the environment. The following are some of the central, positive characteristics of this species of wasp.

A Bit of Background

The great golden digger wasp falls within the genus of Sphex, and this particular wasp lives and thrives in North America. Essentially, this means that this particular wasp belongs to a broader genus of predators that effectively paralyzes other insects with its venom. Once these wasps have stung and paralyzed their prey, they then get busy digging a hole, where they will eventually place their prize. More often than not, the prey of these wasps are left alive and have just been shocked and paralyzed by their toxins.

How Do These Insects Impact Human Beings?

Most homeowners want to run at the sight of wasps; and, they are not to be blamed for this. After all, certain wasps are known to sting often and disrupt peoples’ outdoor activities. However, the great golden digger wasp is one that you will want to retain and actually keep on your property. Although its size and coloration look both foreign and scary, these wasps are notoriously gentle, and they are very rarely known to sting. In addition, because these wasps are known to trap and paralyze other insects, they are actually quite beneficial to your outdoor space. You may very well want to think about these wasps as a natural form of pest control.

How to Cope With the Great Golden Digger Wasp

Now that some of the benefits of the great golden digger wasp have been outlined, many people want to know how to handle them when found on their property. The main piece of advice that experts provide is to leave them alone. These wasps are incredibly curious, but they are also highly unlikely to cause you any harm. So, do not bat violently at them or provoke them. It is best that you let them go about their business. When you observe them crawling about the greenery of your garden, keep in mind that these wasps are actually doing quite a bit of good in eliminating pests from your green space. However, if at any time you feel as if these wasps are becoming a pest, it is best to contact a trusted pest control company.

For more information on the great golden digger wasp, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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How to Keep Yellow Jacket Wasps Away

yellow jacket waspWhen it comes to pests, there are few that are worse than yellow jacket wasps. In fact, these are some of the most aggressive pests that can invade your home. They are extremely territorial and are a pretty big problem in North Carolina. There are a few things you can do to keep these flying menaces away.

Attack the Nest

If you already have yellow jackets in your yard, the first step to keeping them away is to get them out. Yellow jackets nest both above ground and below ground. If they are under ground, pour soapy water down their nest at night. Do not do it during the day, because they more active. You are not only more likely to get attacked during the day, but also many of the wasps won’t be in the nest at that time. If they have made a nest above ground, you need to purchase some kind of wasp killer from a local home improvement store. Most of the time, wasp killing sprays have a range of 20 feet or more. This prevents you from having to get too close to the nest.

Remove Sugar and Protein

Once you have dealt with the nest, it’s time to get rid of what attracts yellow jackets: sugar and protein. Yellow jackets primarily eat protein (usually in the form of other insects), but during the fall, they also incorporate sugar into their diets. They do this because sugar is what helps increase their lifespan and expand their reproductive functions. Some common sources of sugar include desserts and sodas. However, you should also avoid feeding hummingbirds. The feed for hummingbirds is basically just sugar water, and it will attract wasps from all over.

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The last tip can help repel yellow jackets quickly but is not a permanent solution to your problem. If you’re having a backyard party and yellow jackets are hanging around, put out slices of cucumber all over the yard. Cucumber is a very unusual repellent, but it works because it has a type of acid property that wasps simply do not like. Try putting some in a cup by a picnic and watch as yellow jackets keep their distance.

If you have any more questions about yellow jacket control, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

WaspDiscovering a wasp nest on your property can be a scary prospect, especially for those who have elderly parents living with them, young children at home, pets or even wasp allergies. Wasps can sting their victims more than once, and they are more hostile and aggressive than bees. Removing a wasp nest is not an easy task, and it can be a risky one. However, there are several methods that can be effective. Here are some tips.

Safety Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

Remember than no matter what you do, safety should be the priority. The first thing you should do before attempting to remove a wasp nest is plan out your course of action and protect yourself from stings. You should cover as much of your body as possible with long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, glasses and gloves. Avoid wearing any strong-smelling lotions, hair sprays or perfumes, all of which could incite the wasps and agitate them. Finally, consider removing the wasp nest at night, when the wasps are generally less active. Please note that if you are allergic to wasps, you should never attempt to remove a wasp nest.

Using a Wasp Spray on the Nest

One of the most effective ways to remove a wasp nest on your own is with a commercial wasp spray. When dressed in the appropriate safety apparel, the spray can be used at arm’s length all over the nest. This may upset the wasps, so it is important to step away after spraying and leave the nest alone for up to 24 hours. After the waiting period is over, you can observe the wasp nest from a safe distance to see if there is any activity. If there is no activity, you can proceed with the following step. If activity is visible, you can opt to use a commercial wasp spray once again.

Removing and Disposing of a Wasp Nest

If it is clear that there is no activity within the wasp nest, you’ll need to once again put on your protective apparel to remove the nest entirely. With gloves on, wrap the entire nest in a plastic bag, and then place it into another sealed plastic bag. The entire nest should be disposed of immediately away from the home.

For questions about a wasp nest, contact Clegg’s online or call us at 888-672-5344.

 

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