What Montgomery County Property Owners Ought To Know About Effective Wasp Control

8/27/2020

On a scale from one to ten, how scared are you of wasps? Most people would probably say between six and eight. This makes sense, seeing that most people avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort. Our question for you is, what are you doing to fight back against wasps on your property? If your answer is, “Nothing at the moment," then we have some suggestions for you. Here are a few things every Montgomery County property owner ought to know about effective wasp control.

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Common Area Wasps

Did you know that there are over 30,000 species of wasps around the globe? That’s a lot of different stinging pests! The good news is that only 4,000 are present here in the United States. Of these 4,000 here are a few you should know about.

Paper Wasps: Paper wasps are brownish in color with yellow markings. These semi-social creatures prefer to live in small nests built out of chewed-up wood products. Some nests have been found that were made out of colored paper.

Mud Daubers: Mud daubers are typically black in color and have a metallic luster or pale markings. Unlike paper wasps, mud daubers are solitary insects that build their nests out of mud. It is not uncommon to see several mud dauber nests next to each other. They must like having neighbors.

Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are bright yellow in color and have distinct black markings across their bodies. Out of all species of wasps, yellow jackets are perhaps the most aggressive. It is not uncommon for these territorial insects to attack if they feel an intruder has come too close to their nest.

Are wasps dangerous?

All wasps are equipped with venom-filled stingers. The amount of pain a wasp's sting causes all depends on the species. The good news is that was-related deaths are rare. The only time fatality is associated with a wasp attack is if the victim is stung multiple times, or if they are allergic to the venom. If you don’t know if you are allergic to wasp venom, consult with your doctor to find out.

What attracts wasps?

Wasps are drawn to properties mainly by available food sources. If you host outdoor gatherings often or have fruit trees or flowers in your yard, wasps could decide to settle down nearby to have easier access to a quick meal. Higher pest populations can also draw certain species of wasps onto properties.

How To Deter Wasps From Your Property

Wasp prevention takes a little bit of effort. Here are a few things our experts recommend.

  • When eating outdoors, keep food and beverages covered as much as possible.

  • After hosting an outdoor gathering, clean up thoroughly, making sure no scraps of food or drinks are left out for wasps to find.

  • Move bird feeders a good distance away from your home.

  • Keep trees and shrubs well maintained.

  • Clean your yard of clutter and debris.

  • Fill in holes around your property, first making sure that there are no nests within them.

The Only Safe Way To Have A Wasp Nest Removed

Before you grab a long stick or a can of wasp killer, keep this in mind. Some wasps can fly upwards of 30 miles an hour and are known to chase people hundreds of feet away from their nest. If you would rather not put yourself at risk, we have reliable options here at Capitol Pest. With just one phone call, we can schedule one of our highly trained technicians to come out and safely remove wasps from your property. Come find your solution today!

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