Wasps are insects similar to bees: they fly, they’re colorful, and they sting. But unlike bees, wasps are capable of giving more than a single sting. Also, they don’t produce honey or something edible. In fact, wasp infestations are a thing, and that calls for pest control solutions.
Wasps as Pests
Most wasps are actually solitary and do not sting. They feed on other insects and lay their eggs, leaving it until they hatch.
There are also wasps that socialize. Like bees, they form colonies and build nests. Some of these wasps belong to the Vespidae family, which are known to sting humans.
The following are the kinds of wasps that are usually dealt with by most household owners:
- Yellow Jacket
- Paper Wasp
- Bald-faced Hornet
Wasps are mostly active during summer. They make papery nests out of wood fibers. Hence, they may chew on the wooden parts of the house if they are left alone for some time. They are also quite territorial with their nest. An attempt to remove a wasp nest will provoke them to attack and cause harm.
Wasps may get inside your home by chance or to overwinter, or worse – to build a nest. There may be no problem if a wasp gets in by a mere accident. The same goes with staying indoors to overwinter; they rarely attack unless threatened.
Though when you see a wasp nest inside your home, then you should be worried. It may result to an infestation as they will soon grow in number and may give someone a serious stinging. Like bee stings, wasp stings may also cause allergic reactions.
Aside from the stinging problem, wasps may also cause damages to the ceiling and wall boards because they use wood fiber in building nests. Likewise, there is the issue that other pests may inhabit abandoned wasp nests.
Wasp Control Services
When wasps cause trouble, whether indoors or outdoors, it’s time to consider various ways of dealing with a possible or an already escalating wasp infestation. Here are some solutions for wasp pest control.
- Wasp control system
The safest way getting rid of wasps is to have a wasp control system installed in your property. This method is usually used for mosquitoes, but are also effective in dealing with wasps. Spray nozzles are installed in areas that wasps will frequent such as on the eaves and the ceiling areas. It is designed to spray pesticide in a mist to kill insects. It is also known as “misting”.
The pesticide used for misting may be chemical-based or botanical (made from plants or natural ingredients). Check the list of active ingredients in the label to know which type of insecticide you are using.
This kind of pest control system is often installed outdoors, preventing the entry of unwanted insects inside the house. Once installed, it may be toggled via timer to spray during certain times of the day when wasps or most active, or with the use of remote control. Some misting systems are also programmable for a more efficient and automatic solution.
It is recommended having this system installed by wasp control services as it is dangerous if it is not installed correctly, especially when using a chemical-based pesticide.
- Wasp pesticide
Wasps can be dealt with using plain old pesticide. Make sure that the pesticide is suited for wasps. Wasp pesticide may come in different forms:
- Aerosol Spray
This should be a regular product found in your local grocery. There are a number of brands that are specialized for wasp pest control. There is also an option of choosing between chemical-based and botanical spray, so there’s an anti-wasp spray for everyone.
Generally, an aerosol spray can shoot as far as 20 feet – that’s quite a practical feature. You can spray it on the wasp nest from a safe distance; no worries about getting stung after doing the job.
It’s the same as an ordinary pesticide, but in powder form. It may also be used on wasps, although it is more popular on insects and other critters hiding in small cracks in the house and under furniture, such as roaches and spiders.
Nonetheless, the use of this product may be harmful if not applied properly. It is best applied on cracks, crevices, and possible hiding places. Don’t use it in open places, as insects will just walk around the area applied with small piles of insecticide dust.
This is a powder that is dissolved in water and is used to spray around the area that wasp frequent. This product is often used in places where the wasps might build a nest for effective pest control and prevention.
- Wasp Trap
Wasp traps are easy to use; you just put them where wasps usually gather. Pick up the trap at night and set it up again for next morning. You can buy one or make your own! Makeshift wasp traps are also effective and are on par with those available in the market.
There are two kinds of wasp traps: lure trap and bait trap.
- Lure Trap
Lure traps uses chemicals to attract wasps, trapping them inside with an adhesive or drowning them in liquid once they get inside.
- Bait Trap
It has the same mechanism as the lure trap. But instead of using chemicals to lure wasps, bait traps are usually smeared with sweet food like honey or jam, or have fruit juice to draw them in, drowning them in the process.
- Wasp exterminator
If you don’t want a DIY solution or refuse to have a pest control system installed in your property, then it’s good to seek the help of a wasp exterminator. Several companies offer wasp removal, including wasp nest removal.
They have the knowledge and the rights tools to eliminate the problem and prevent future infestations. You may also learn a thing or two from them so you can handle the wasp menace if it occurs again.
Wasp Control Methods
To prevent a wasp infestation, you should seal holes, crevices or any hollow entry point to minimize the risk of a wasp making its way indoors and building a nest. If you’ve already seen a wasp inside the house, you may also follow it to see where it stays. It is easier to control a possible pest control situation if detected earlier.
Clean surroundings can even prevent wasps from entering your home, as it prevents them from finding a food source such as leftovers in the trash and food left in some parts of the house.
Wasps can be beneficial, as they feed on other pests and help with pollination. Just don’t let them make their way indoors, otherwise you’re up for some nasty trouble!
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