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Wasps! What do I do?

Jul 26, 2013

It’s summer: A time for sunshine, gardening, barbecues – and of course wasps! With the heat of summer rising, you’re likely noticing a few new friends flying around your yard. With that said, wasps can definitely be a pest and it’s a good idea to keep them under control for many reasons.


There are many species of wasps- which are often confused for bees. Of course, there are vast differences so it’s important to know these differences for effective pest control. To keep it simple, some defining features of the wasp include a smooth body, with yellow and black stripes. The most common is the yellow jacket, which can be very aggressive- particularly between August to October. Unlike bees, wasps can sting more than once- and they usually will.


Wasps, although an intimdiating pest, do have some benefits for the environment: they catch other insects, and also act as pollinators when visiting flowers for nectar. If seen in very small numbers (a few flying around occasionally) there is no need to be alarmed, but in larger quantities, or if there is a nest present in a high traffic area, it is important to get them dealt with as they can pose a threat with their painful sting and aggressive behaviour.


Dealing with a nest on your own is not reccommended as wasps are quite territorial and will sting even when not provoked. Our technicians are trained in dealing with wasps in large numbers both safely and effiiciently. Treating a nest on your own could result in a lot of pain and frustration. Those who attempt to treat nests on their own will likely end up with that signature sting that’s associated with this tiny but tough pest. It’s difficult to remain calm in a situation, especially if you you are being attacked by a swarm of angry wasps!


You might notice that our technicians may not remove the nest after treating it, and this is because those pesky little wasps will simply rebuild a new nest if we treat and remove it right away: creating a whole new problem. The trick is to treat the nest so it effects the wasps inside, and when the workers return they too will be effected by the treatment, eliminating the issue.


If you are experiencing a high level of wasps and looking for a relief, give us a call so you can get back to enjoying your backyard!

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