Spending time outdoors when wasps are around is a lot like playing Russian roulette. It’s not a matter of if you will be stung, it is a matter of when. The only way to avoid being stung is to make sure wasps and especially their nests are as far away as possible. How can you do this? Here are a few things our experts recommend you do to make sure wasps stay away from your Houston property this summer.
Common Area Wasps
The term “wasp” is used to describe a large variety of stinging insects. Here in Houston, we have Yellowjackets, cicada killers, mud daubers, Mexican honey wasps, paper wasps, and hornets. Each of these species is different in appearance and in nature. Some are solitary creatures that build individualized nests, others live in large colonies and work together under a single queen. Depending on the species of wasps, their nests may be found underground or up in high protected locations. Some nests are built out of the fibers of deadwood and plants, other nests are made out of mud, this again depends on the species.
One thing that sets different species of wasps apart is your likelihood to be stung by one of them. For instance, mud daubers are typically more docile and will only sting when directly threatened. On the other hand, yellowjackets will go out of their way to attack individuals if they feel they have come too close to their nest. This gets even worse in fall as yellowjackets protect their queen as she gets ready for hibernation.
Regardless of what type of wasp settles down around your yard, one thing will always be true, their stings are dangerous. If you are allergic to stinging insects, the symptoms of being stung can be life-threatening. Make sure you consult your doctor if you are unsure how you might react to a wasp sting so that you can have an EpiPen on standby if necessary.
What Attracts Wasps To Properties?
Wasps come onto properties for a variety of reasons. Most often they will build their nests around a reliable source of food such as a patch of flowers, something sugary, or a high concentration of tasty insects. Besides this, wasps will also settle down in locations where they can easily establish a nest. Certain species of wasps that build nests underground are more likely to build on your property if they can find a hole premade by a gopher, mole, or another ground-burrowing pest.
Six Ways You Can Make Your Property Less Attractive To Wasps
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings, making sure not to leave out scraps of food or drink spills on solid surfaces.
- Pick up any fruit that has dropped from trees around your property.
- Fill in any holes around your property, and make sure no new ones are being formed by ground pests.
- When hosting outdoor gatherings, make sure to keep food and beverages covered as much as possible.
- If you feed your pets outdoors, pick up and clean out their bowls after they are done eating.
- Consider removing flowers and other flowering plants from your property.
How To Deal With A Wasp Problem
If wasps have settled down on your Houston property, there is really only one safe way to handle them. That is by getting the professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions involved. With just one phone call we can have one of our highly trained pest technicians out your way with a fast and reliable solution. All you have to do is stay inside for a short amount of time to avoid danger and we will take care of the rest.
Contact us today to find out how our family can help yours with all of your pest control needs.