When it comes to dangerous insects, wasps are at the top of the list. Wasps often build nests in and around homes, and one sting from a wasp can be enough to trigger an allergic reaction and send someone to an emergency room.
They also build nests in trees and underground, so even if you don't immediately see the signs of a wasp infestation, your home may still be at risk. If you're dealing with wasps on your property or suspect them of being around, here are some important steps to prevent a nightmare situation of a wasp infestation:
1. Identify Problem Areas
Wasps are most active early in the morning and at dusk, so use these times to check out where wasps are swarming towards to find their nest (however, avoid approaching them until the middle of the day when they are out searching for food). Wooded areas with thick trees and shrubs are ideal for wasps to build their nests around, so start here. Otherwise, they may not even try to hide it by building them above doorways or under porch awnings. They can also build nests underground at the base of dead tree stumps, so make sure to check these areas.
Remember to practice safety when searching for wasp nests. Cover yourself from head to toe, leaving no openings, including your eyes, wrists, and ankles. Wait until the middle of the day to approach the nest before removing it from the stem down and placing it in a plastic garbage bag.
2. Use Pesticides
Like most pests, wasps can be controlled through pesticides. The majority of products available for dealing with wasps are sprays and foams. They come in devices that make it easy to use from a distance, as wasps can quickly react to threats. Nevertheless, protective clothing should still be worn in case the wasps emerge in swarms.
3. Stake Your Claim
Many people have experienced positive results in preventing wasps by playing on the insect's territorial instincts. One way to do this is to hang a bag of water near areas where wasps frequent. When the wasp sees the reflection from the bag of water, it may consider moving elsewhere. Additionally, purchasing or constructing a fake wasp's nest and hanging it in areas where wasps congregate can help discourage them from building a home.
4. Call a Professional
If you're unsure of how large your wasp problem is, or if you've tried do-it-yourself treatments with no success, contact a professional pest control company. A professional exterminator will have the knowledge and experience to get rid of your wasp problem for good, and this can mean a safer and more secure environment for yourself and your family.
Keep in mind that, even if you've never been diagnosed, you may be allergic to wasp stings. People who are allergic can experience difficulty breathing, redness at the exposure site, pain, vomiting, tenderness and more upon being stung. In worst case scenarios, some individuals may even experience death. Check with your doctor to see if you're allergic before making the moves to get rid of wasps around your home.