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Although they are the worst guest at an outdoor event, yellowjacket wasps in the Grande Prairie area are primarily non-colonial, do not construct paper nests and generally do not sting. Wasps are a beneficial group of insects, a main pollinator of flowers, along with bees, and hornets.

General information about wasps
Unlike their cousin, the bee, wasps have a shiny appearance and can sting their victims repeatedly. In some cases, this can be fatal for those allergic to the venom.
How wasps live and reproduce
The wasp's growth cycle is egg, larva, pupa, and adult, with a social system composed of workers, queen(s), and males. The workers are sterile females, although they may lay eggs or assume the queen's role if the queen dies. Wasps build nests underground or in shrubs, trees, or bushes.
What types of wasps are found in Northern Alberta?
Alberta has 14 known species of yellowjacket wasps, unfortunately, all known for their sometimes aggressive and persistent behaviour.
How do I tell if I have an wasp infestation?
Several things could indicate an infestation; wasp sightings, a wasp nest, wood damage and a buzzing noise. If you see and hear these indications, it's time to give us a call.

With us, you can go back to sharing your home and business with the people you love, not the pests you don’t.

If you spot a wasp nest on your property, you should call us, your local pest control experts, immediately. We all know that wasp stings can be painful, but many people don’t realize just how dangerous wasp colonies can be. Removing wasps from your home is essential if you are allergic to wasp stings or have pets or children who are sensitive to insect bites.

Many homeowners also worry that insect nests can cause damage to the roofs, sheds and attics. Wasp nests can be huge, so it’s no surprise that this is a concern.

Good news: wasp nests are rarely responsible for significant property damage. Cleaning off any residue left by the nest shouldn’t take long as long as you have them removed. However, you may experience some wood damage caused when wasp nests absorb moisture that penetrates surrounding surfaces, causing some damage.

Health Risks from Wasps

The average wasp is not a threat to most people. If you do not have any allergies to insect bites and are stung by a yellow jacket, your symptoms will be mild, with a small to moderate amount of pain for a few days. However, of the 54 reported deaths yearly from arthropod bites or stings, bees, hornets, and wasps account for about 30 percent.

Pop or plastic milk bottles are great for constructing a homemade wasp trap. Pour fruit juice into the trap container to a depth of 2 inches and add a small piece of raw meat (beef or fish are their preference), creating an odour that attracts wasps. When wasps enter the bottle, they will fall into the juice and drown.

Preventative Measures

There are a few precautions you can take to prevent a wasp infestation:

  • Keep screens and frames for doors and windows in good repair.
  • Place garbage into a can with a proper lid.
  • Destroy abandoned animal burrows (e.g. gopher holes) before wasps move in.
  • Cover and remove food waste. Food sources left outdoors, including compost piles, animal food and leftovers from barbequing, are all tasty treats for wasps.
  • Keep food containers closed and sugary drinks covered. Worker wasps scavenge for food and may act aggressively when wanting a share of your sweet tasty treat.
  • If you have fruit trees in your yard, remove all over-ripened or rotting fruit lying on the ground or on the branch.

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