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It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer: school is out and celebrations can be heard throughout neighborhoods everywhere. Graduation parties, birthday parties, pool parties, backyard barbecues…whatever the occasion, you want to make sure your guests have a great time. However, just before you make the celebratory toast, someone yells, “Ouch!”
Stinging insects are no joke. They can be territorial and aggressive, sending over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. So what can you do when wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets invade? How can you keep the festivities going without worrying about potentially dangerous stings?
The answer is simple. Get an expert involved who will work with you to identify areas of concern, provide a safe solution, and establish a plan of action that will keep you and your family, friends, and pets safe all year long.
Relax pest-free, contact us today.
Often a homeowner will see a species of wasp or hornet and not know what they are dealing with. The infographic below shows you where stinging insects commonly build nests, which species are most aggressive, and what you can do to help keep them away from your home.
Keep a lookout for stinging insect nests and call a pest control expert if you see any signs of one. Early detection can help prevent colonies from taking over your yard and reduce the risk of being stung.
While stinging insects become active in the spring and early summer, they are most active in late summer and fall, when their food reserves are in short supply. Stinging insects such as yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets begin to scavenge for alternate food sources, which can lead to major conflicts with human activities and disrupt outdoor gatherings.
TIP! Stinging insect traps can help deter wasps and hornets from coming after your food by offering an alternative source. Once in the trap, they’ll be unable to fly out, reducing your chances of being stung.
At the end of fall, reproductive female wasps and hornets will seek out shelter to survive cold winters. To prevent overwintering female hornets or wasps from getting inside the wall voids of your home, seal any cracks or gaps in the siding and around windows, pipes, etc.
TIP: If a stinging insect does build a nest in the wall voids of your home or if you suspect one has, do not seal the hole. Some stinging insects will attempt to chew their way out, which can cause additional damage to your home. Call an expert to see what your options are.
Enjoy your yard and stay safe from stinging insects. Contact Western today!