Wasps are sly stingers, they are very smart about where they build their nests, preferring tucked away places like underneath eaves, in your garden or even on your deck. They can also be more interested in your house if there are lots of sweet-smelling food lying around, or if you have a large population of other insects that they prey on.
An annoying part of a wasp infestation is that they might not even be on your property. They may be in a neighbor’s house but still constitute a nuisance to you in your house. And even more than being a nuisance, they can be pretty dangerous too.
You want to get rid of them before things go out of hand, but before that, how do you determine if you have a wasp problem?
HOW TO IDENTIFY A WASP INFESTATION
Appearance – To determine if you have a wasp infestation, you must first identify the culprit. Although there are several different types of wasps, they all share some common attributes, like having two sets of wings and a thin abdomen. Depending on the type of wasp, they can be black, yellow, blue, or sometimes even green. They can range in size from tiny to several centimeters long. Wasps usually fall into either of two categories: social or solitary. Some species of wasps can be very aggressive, they tend to sting multiple times when they feel threatened.
Behavior – Because wasps tend to lay eggs during winter, you may begin to notice many wasps in the spring and summer. They will congregate near homes or yards where their nests are. If you begin to notice more than just one wasp, or spot a wasp nest, then you may have a wasp infestation.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE WASPS
You might be dealing with a wasp problem because of some of the following reasons:
– Wasps require a safe place to live and breed, like most pests. Having a home with an undisturbed awning, stagnant woodpiles or even a piece of property that gets little foot traffic, may attract wasps to your residence.
– Wasp infestations occur outdoors most times, and the pest only enters into your residence through openings in access points. If you have tiny cracks, holes, and fissures all over the exterior of your house, you might be at risk of a wasp infestation.
– Having open containers of food or ripe fruits lying around your residence may have caused your wasp infestation.
– Even predators have other animals higher than them on the food chain. Wasps look for shelter from predators, that one reason why they might consider secluded parts of your building.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR WASP PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Wasps, although beneficial to the ecological balance can be a nuisance and a danger when they infest your home. Here are reasons you should get rid of them:
– Wasp infestations can be dangerous to people and pets alike, because, unlike bees, wasps are aggressive and they do not die after they sting. This makes it possible for them to sting a perceived threat multiple times when provoked. Wasp stings can be quite painful and could be fatal if an allergic reaction occurs, and it is not attended to promptly and properly.
– Because wasps are aggressive when provoked, do not go near a wasp nest. If you have young children or pets, it poses an even bigger threat as they may provoke the wasps unknowingly which can be deadly.
– Wasps are known to cause extensive damage to woodwork, wallboard, or ceiling.
HOW TO HANDLE WASP INFESTATION
Because of their dangerous nature, Wasp removal should only be done by a trained professional. Our pest control experts can handle that for you safely and using the best industry standards. They have several years of experience dealing with wasp infestations and the necessary qualifications, and will provide you with the best service possible.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER WASP PROBLEM
After successfully handling your wasp problem, it is important that you take some steps to prevent recurrence. Here are a few steps to take:
– Try to wasp proof your home. Give the exterior of your residence a once over, do wasp control maintenance on any secluded part that is likely to attract wasps to nest. Don’t forget to seal off all little cracks, and holes that can allow them access into your house, and fix aging fences and decks, replace or fix damaged sidings.
– If you have bird feeders anywhere outside your house, keep them to a minimum and make sure that they are some distance away from your residence. They are likely to attract wasps.
– Keep your trash secure and make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids. And when you have any form of outdoor get together that involves food and drinks, be diligent about wiping down spills and crumbs and properly putting away leftovers. Wasps are attracted to food, some have even been known to come to eat right out of people’s hands.
– Wasps are also attracted to yards and gardens with a lot of other pests like caterpillars, ants, spiders, and houseflies. They find these pests yummy, so having an abundance of these other pests in your yard or even in your house is like a homing beacon for wasps. Try and keep their population down.
– There are some oils that are quite effective at repelling wasps including peppermint oil, and a combination of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils. You can put these oils in spray bottles, add some water and then spray in spots that wasps are likely to build their nests outside your house, this method could be very effective.