You are relaxing in your garden, drinking lemonade, when some wasps decide to ruin your party. Oh! These humming invaders are usually not aggressive, but will be attack if your space is invaded, even if that space is your home.
The wasps begin to nest from late spring until mid summer. Once they establish their nest, they will return to that place and become territorial. And once that nest is on your property, you have a big problem in your hands. The following tips will help you protect your wasp-proof home and eradicate any unwanted pests.
Close entry points
The best way to warn wasps, which bite more frequently than their hairiest and coldest cousin, the honey bee, is to block their entrance to their home.
To prevent an infestation, Michael Bentley, director of education and training for the National Pest Management Association, says that potential entry points must be cut by sealing all cracks and crevices, repairing any broken windows or door meshes, and keeping doors closed to prevent Wasps come in.
Take out your caulking gun and get to work on caulking boards and cracks on boards around the house, he says Chris Murphy of Pest Control Inman-Murphy, in Millington, TN.
Maintain garden maintenance.
Too much vegetation around your home can provide ample opportunities for wasps to create nests and increase their chances of being bitten.
"Keep hedges and shrubs trimmed to deter wasps from building nests and to facilitate nest inspections," says Bentley.
And be careful with the holes in the ground. Claudio Salem, Technical Director of the Western Exterminator Western Market, says that if you see holes or burrows in your yard, complete them as soon as possible.
"Wasps can be established in rodents, snakes or other animal burrows," says Salem.
However, be careful when filling the holes, as doing so can cause spicy pests to fly away or become aggressive. If you have reason to expect an infestation, it is better to leave this in the hands of a pest control professional.
Minimize food sources.
Summer picnics are a sure way to attract wasps to their elegant spread. From mid summer to early fall, wasp colonies become mature and more aggressive and are actively looking for food, says Salem.
“Summer treats like soda, juice, popsicles and ice cream are full of sugar, which wasps love to eat. Unfortunately, these goodies are dropped or left out frequently. Be sure to clean up spills immediately, "says Salem.
To reduce the activity of wasps in his home, Bentley says he should minimize available food sources that can attract collectors.
"Any garbage container should be equipped with an airtight lid to prevent wasps from looking for discarded food and beverages that can continuously attract biting pests," says Bentley.
Make wood less attractive
Paper wasps build nests with wood fiber. They can use old wooden fences, damaged siding and old tree bark. Salem says owners must paint or dye untreated wood to deter wasps from using it to build their nests.
Water damaged wood can also be a problem. Salem says it can become a shelter or food source for many different pests, and wasps find the larvae of many insects especially appetizing.
By addressing water-damaged wood, you can rid your garden of other insect infestations and decrease the likelihood of wasps seeing your home as a buffet.
Find the nest
Regularly inspect protected and protected areas where wasps can build nests.
Levi brody from Brody Brothers Pest Control, in Owings Mills, MD, says paper wasps, the most common stabbing plague with which it deals, tend to build nests in and around artificial structures. He says they often find them nesting under deck furniture, floors and stairs.
"They love being inside barbecue grills, paper slots in the mailboxes, basketball baskets, children's slides, metal pipes, outdoor lighting fixtures, almost any crack or crack they can find," says Brody.
Bentley says that yellow jackets build underground nests, while bald hornets and paper wasps nest on the ground.
“Bald-faced hornets build bell-shaped nests that can be placed in trees, tree holes, dense bushes or structures. Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped nests that are commonly found hanging from objects such as tree branches, porch roofs, terrace floor beams and more, ”he says.
Use wasp freezing
If you find a nest, you'll want to quickly eliminate wasps. It is always advisable to call a wasp control specialist, but there are some DIY eradication techniques.
Brody says to use a spray jet found in hardware stores. Wasp Freeze, a specially formulated insecticide, works quickly so that no pungent pheromone is released, which reduces the chance of bites. When using it, always wear protective equipment and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Brody recommends trying at night because all the wasps will be inside the nest. There may also be several queens, so if a wasp is lost, they can rebuild the nest.
Brody says that if the nest is inside eaves and attics, it is generally better to call an expert.