There are many different ways people work to keep pests from invading their properties. Wasps can be a tricky breed. If you are here today looking for a simpler solution to wasps around your Raleigh yard, we have some easy tips that are certain to help you out. Here is everything you need to know about wasp prevention.
Common Area Wasps
Have you heard about the Asian giant hornets that were found here in the United States? Thankfully, these massive and scary pests have not found their way to Raleigh yet. What we do have are paper wasps, yellow jackets, and cicada killers. These three species of wasps are similar in appearance but are unique from one another in their behavior and habits. Paper wasps are calm, social pests that live in large paper-like nests that are either attached to buildings, trees, or built beneath the ground. Yellowjackets build their nests in the same way but are much more aggressive, especially in the late fall. Cicada killers are unique in that they tunnel their nests into the ground and prefer to live alone.
Are Wasps Dangerous?
All wasps possess a powerful venom. Wasps use their stingers and venom to hunt and kill their prey. Fortunately, wasps aren’t built to kill anything larger than an insect. Although several hundred stings can be fatal to humans, deaths-related wasp attacks are infrequent. If you are allergic to wasp venom, it is an entirely different story. To find out if you are allergic to wasps, talk to your doctor.
What Attracts Wasps To Properties?
Wasps like properties that provide them places to build nests and food to eat. If your yard has a lot of certain plants, flowers, and insects, expect these pests to move in close by. They are attracted to Queen Anne’s Lace, yarrow, spearmint, and sweet fennel. So, it is wise to not have these on your property or remove them if you do.
How To Prevent Wasps
The less attractive your property is to wasps, the less likely they will be to build a nest nearby. For extra success preventing wasps from invading your property, use these simple prevention tips:
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Eliminate clutter and debris from your yard.
- Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
- Pick up fruit that has fallen from trees.
- Make sure your gutters are working as they should.
- Repair leaky faucets and fixtures around your home.
- Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to seal holes, cracks, and gaps in the exterior of outbuildings and your home.
- Address broken weather stripping, window/door screens, and door sweeps around your home.
- Be your trash bins all have tight-fitting lids.
Why You Shouldn’t Try To Eliminate Wasps On Your Own
If you find a wasp’s nest in the earliest stages of development, there is no harm in waiting until its occupants are away and then knocking it down with a long broom. For medium to large nests, it is unwise to try to handle them on your own! Without the proper safety gear and equipment, you are likely to get stung. To avoid wasp related injury, let the professionals at Innovative Pest Solutions help out. Our team has the protective gear and training needed to safely and effectively eliminate wasps!
Reach out to us today to find out why homeowners here in Raleigh trust Innovative and find a pest solution that best works for you.