How To Keep Wasps Away From Your Latham Yard
July 15, 2021 - Wasps
Stinging insects like bees and wasps have some useful roles in the natural environment, such as involvement with pollination, and reducing the population of many troublesome insects. Unfortunately, they often make their nests within or near our homes and businesses, and become a nuisance and a potential health concern. Wasps are generally classified as being solitary or social insects based on whether they predominantly live alone, or in large colonies.
Some of the most common types of wasps include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and bald-faced hornets. Paper wasps are known for their long legs, and creating grayish-colored nests with a “paper-like” texture. Yellowjackets typically have a thicker body style that is black and yellow, and they build large nests that resemble an egg. Bald-faced hornets are close relatives of yellowjackets and typically have a black body with white markings, and are among the most aggressive types.
Wasps are capable of delivering a painful sting when they feel threatened. Unlike bees, wasps can use their stinger multiple times. Some people have serious allergic reactions after being stung, and may need prompt medical attention.
Tips Regarding Plants & Landscaping
Yards with many flowering plants are attractive to wasps who detect their fragrance and consume their nectar. Flowers including daisies, strawflowers, and black-eyed Susans are some of the most commonly visited by wasps. Some research indicates that plants, grasses, and herbs such as mint, lemongrass, thyme, and citronella will have the opposite effect and repel wasps.
Best Practices In Preventing Wasps
Wasps often build nests on structures that provide a safe haven, and allow them access to food sources. Some of the best ways of deterring them include:
- Keep food covered when having outdoor picnics or barbeques, and ensure that exterior garbage cans containing food scraps have a lid to prevent access.
- Closely inspect the exterior surfaces of the structure for holes or crevices that should be sealed to prevent wasps from entering and building a nest inside.
- Promptly remove any fallen fruits from trees, relocate hummingbird feeders, and consider alternatives to nectar-rich flowers.
The Importance Of Contacting A Professional Pest Controller
Avoid making the mistake that many property owners do by attempting to banish potentially harmful pests on your own. Some individuals will purchase do-it-yourself home treatment options from local stores or internet retailers. These products, such as sprays, foggers, and granular formulas, tend to create only short-term results and may contain chemical agents that pose a risk to humans and the local ecosystem.
Pest extermination professionals can visit the property and conduct a detailed interior and exterior assessment of the premises to determine the nature and extent of the infestation. Based on the findings, they will present you with the best available treatment options for safely and completely resolving the problem.
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