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When are Paper Wasps Most Active?

    When are Paper Wasps Most Active?

    Summers have heat, winters have snow, and fall and Spring has wasps.

    It’s not just you who deals with the increased wasp activity during the fall. They are even more aggressive than usual. Now, if you are worried about encountering wasps during the fall, we have got you covered. Here’s everything you should know about the “wasp season” and how to deal with them.

    Why are wasps more active in fall?

    When you talk about the summer season, wasps have only one focus: feeding and protecting their colonies. The adult wasps are responsible for foraging food and bring it back to the nest for the larval insects to consume the food and grow. Meanwhile, the larvae wasps create nectar for the adult wasps. The adult wasps consume the nectar so that they will have the energy to hunt for food. As young wasps grow, the queen fertilizes eggs. There are enough wasp larvae and nectar to keep the colony going.

    During the fall, wasps will stay out longer, guard their spoils, and fly more aggressively.

    For what are they looking?

    During the fall, wasps need to replace sugars and carbohydrates by altering their diets. They will consume fruit, honey, insects, and even meat. You will see a lot of wasps flying over the garbage dumpster.

    Different wasp species have various food preferences. Paper wasps chew wood converts them into pliable pulp to build their nest. Mud dauber wasps target and hunt the spiders. Whatever is the type of wasp, remember they will need more during the fall season.

    What damage do they cause during the fall?

    First of all, the damage is psychological. The moment we see a wasp nest, we immediately panic. When these species become aggressive, their stings hurt and inflict a dangerous amount of pain. Wasps are more aggressive during the fall than the summer season.

    Try to keep the distance if you run into a wasp nest between September and November. Move away from the wasp slowly without making any sudden movements or swatting them.

    How do I keep wasps away during the fall?

    There are several wasps control measures. Start by:

    • Watch for nests:

    Wasps build their nests in inaccessible areas. Inside the house, we can find them on the eaves, rafters, lofts, and sheds. By fall, wasps nests are large and established. If you see the wasp nest, do not try to remove it by yourself.

    • Limit their access to food:

    Fall, wasp, and food go together. Try to remove the food sources because if they can’t find the food nearby, they will start searching other locations.

    • Clean the debris regularly:

    The one tip to deter all pests and not just wasps. Wasps use debris and garbage to find the way towards your home. Clean the garbage bins regularly.

    Wrapping up:

    Wasps are scary, especially during the fall. If you ever suspect wasp infestation, call the pest control professionals immediately.


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