What’s the one thing people don’t like having at their house? You could argue unwanted guests would be the top choice, and you would be somewhat right. Unwanted pests are the most bothersome. There are tons of insects and bugs that try to lay claim to our homes and properties every day. Without proper pest control services such as preventative treatments, your home could quickly become a haven for ants, roaches, spiders, and even wasps. Wasps are aggressive. There is no doubt about it. These flying insects will invade a home and protect the area as if it were there own. Unlike ants, there are a few guidelines on dealing with and exterminating wasps on your property.
A common thing people don’t know is that a wasp’s behavior doesn’t stay the same. In the late part of the summer, their needs and food preferences shift from sugar to protein. Because of this change, they also switch where they like to hang out. In the late summer, you are more apt to find wasps busy around areas that collect garbage, and places where people eat food outside.
Seeing the occasional wasp typically isn’t of huge concern. It isn’t until there is two or more that there is cause for concern. With certainty, if you notice a more significant number of wasps flying around your home, you can bet there is a nest nearby. Wasps don’t typically stray too far from their established nests, which makes the closer you get to their territory more frightful.
While you might think that a nest only contains 10-20 of these flying insects, you would be in for a shock. At the end of summer and early autumn, their wasp nest can contain upwards of a 1000 aggressive wasps. Think of an aggressive wasp as one that won’t stop following you. When disturbed or feel threatened, they will attack. If you are unfortunate enough to be attacked by wasps, yellow jackets or hornets they will sting repeatedly.
Have you been wondering how you can avoid being injured by aggressive wasps and what the best remedy is for exterminating wasps? Take a look at some of the Dos and Don’ts you should be observed when it comes to having an active wasp nest on your property and what to do if you find one.
Identifying Traits Of A Wasp and Their Nest
There is certainly more than one type of wasp and bee out there. Knowing the difference between them can be done by knowing what the pest looks like or identifying the nest you have found on your property. Take a look at some of the most common types and their nest, to better help you identify the problem.
Wasps (Paper Wasps)
Built with hexagonal cells, the paper wasps have an open nest. It is typically shaped like an umbrella containing roughly 100 or fewer wasps.
Smooth walls in the shape of a football, defined the nests of the common hornet.
Almost everyone can identify a bees’ nest. It has a distinctively waxy appearance, and honey bees produce comb nests.
One of the most active types of wasps, the yellow jackets don’t stray far from their nest and are typically seen around it. Of the examples listed, these can be the most aggressive and are known to have thousands of wasps living in the nest.
How To Avoid Getting Stung
Knowing what you should do in the event, you find yourself head to head with a wasp invasion is half the battle. Doing the wrong thing can set you up for failure, and several stingings if you provoke the aggressor. Check out these tips and tricks for avoiding getting stung by a wasp(s).
- Remain calm, and still
- If you feel like you need to run away, do so in a straight line.
- Protect your head an face; this is a likely target for the wasp.
- If running away, don’t flail your arms
- Swat at the wasp, this will only make it angry
- ‘Playing Dead’ is not convincing, and you aren’t fooling anyone, including a wasp.
- Getting into water such as a lake or pool, will not deter a wasp, don’t try and outlast them by going underwater. They will just wait you out.
Are Wasp Stings Avoidable?
Absolutely. You should not provoke a wasp or swat at it. If you are calm, you stand less of a chance of getting stung. Protect your feet when outside by wearing shoes. Often wasps can be found on the ground, too, making them an easy mark to step on. The best way to avoid a sting is to keep them off your property. Make sure you keep your outdoors clean and tidy. Don’t leave trash outside that could attract wasps and encourage them to build a nest on your property.
Should You Take Care Of The Wasp Nests?
It can be tempting to try and handle a wasp nest on your own, to save a few bucks. However, wasps are not one of those pests that should be taken likely. Instead, you should certainly opt for professional pest control services when dealing with these aggressive pests. Exterminating wasps isn’t always easy, and unless the nest is dealt with, along with the stragglers, you will see a repopulation next season.