A SAFER YARD FOR SUMMER BBQ’S
We all know it happens at the worst and most inconvenient of times. You’ll be grilling up some steaks for the family when all of the sudden, ZAP! You just got stung by an angry and territorial wasp who wants to claim your backyard for themselves.
Nobody wants to deal with the lingering pain and other symptoms that come with a wasp stings. Not to mention, these annoying little pest will make enjoying your lawn this season seem impossible without getting attacked!
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Dangerous & life threatening intruder
Not only are they a home nuisance for any average homeowner, wasps are notorious for having the ability to attack multiple times using their powerful stingers and potent venom. Many people have been know to have allergic reactions to this venom, resulting in severe and life-threatening symptom conditions.
Some species of wasps, such as the Paper wasp, are given their name due to the damage caused by them when creating their homes. They tend to eat away at soft and malleable materials for their homes which can range from that brand new patio set you bought last week to the wooden fencing surrounding your yard. Over time, this damage can result in expensive repairs and colonies that will pose much bigger problems down the road.
But they do more than just cause damage to all your favorite furniture and plants. Up to 5% of the human population is known to have life-threatening allergic reactions to the venom of these intruders. It is highly common for young kids to get stung and have severe symptom reactions due to their age and health.
Curious on the wasps that could be invading your lawn and family this season? Take a look below and read up on what to expect from three of the most common types of wasp & species that could be infesting your yard today!
Southern Yellow Jackets
Yellow Jackets have been a widely-disliked species of wasps, and for good reason. Unlike their bee counterparts, Southern Yellow Jackets are capable of stinging multiple times when they feel that their hive is being threatened.
Due to their highly social nature, Yellow Jackets are a common pest to find flying around your back and front yard, attacking when they feel necessary. They can be found near live insects, foraging around picnic tables, and buzzing above garbage cans, looking for materials.
Getting close to a Yellow Jacket hive is considered highly dangerous due to a potent venom that is in their stingers. When stung by this species, the victim can expect to experience coughing, wheezing, breaking out in hives, dizziness, and vomiting in extreme cases.
If you find a hive, it is highly recommended for homeowners to avoid it at all costs and contact a professional immediately.
- Length: 1/2 to 3/4 inches long
- Color: Yellow and Black Striped
- Reproduction: 1,000-5,000 adults
Bald-Faced Hornets are easy to recognize due to their unique color patterns and above-the-ground nesting designs. It is frequently common to see worker hornets flying around the nest to protect the hive from nearby intruders.
The stingers of this type of hornet carries a painful venom that can cause extreme pain, itching, and swelling for up to 24 hours. Similar to Yellow Jackets, this species has the ability attack multiple times per hornet if they feel threatened.
Typically, Bald-Faced Hornets can be found building nests 3 feet or higher above the ground using chewed plant materials around your home. Places like trees, shrubs, utility poles, sheds, and other various structures are optimal locations to find a nest growing.
- Length: 3/4 to 1 inch long
- Color: Black and White
- Colony Size: 200 to 700 adults (large colony)
This species of wasp get their name by chewing up any available wood fiber that they can take from the plants in your garden, trees, or shrubs. Their nests are usually easily recognizable by the cone-shaped nest designs they make when starting a new colony.
Because of the fact that their habitats are fragile and weak, queen wasps for this species will tend to build their nesting grounds that will remain undisturbed, such as doorways, eaves, doorframes, tree limbs, and thick vegetation.
Paper Wasps will sting anybody who comes near a nesting grounds, attacking their targets multiple times with venom that is capable of causing sweating, trouble breathing, extreme pain, and swelling. Some cases, depending on the victim’s allergic reactions, can be fatally life-threatening.
- Length: 3/4 inches long
- Color: Yellow, Brown, Red, and/or Black
- Colony Size: 20-75 adults
Wasp Infestation signs in your home
- You Notice A Couple Flying Around– Wasps are known to be very social creatures. When out and about, looking for sweets to consume or materials to use for their shelter, you may notice one or two zipping past you one day. When noticing this, take a look around the cracks and dark areas of your home (eg. sheds, fences, etc.) to see if there are any nests you can see forming.
- Fallen Wings– As they mature through their life cycles, wasps lose their wings by getting attacked from other aggressive species and growing new ones for the next stage of life. If you can identify a wing as a wasp wing, it may be time to start getting a thorough look through your home.
- Forming Nests– Some are made with chewed up wood they can find while others are made from the plants found around the area. Whatever it may be, seeing a nest forming in your home is a good sign its time to call a professional for safe and fast removal.
- Buzzing Sounds – It’s not all the time that you’ll be able to see the signs of these home intruders. If you happen to be in a room or your backyard and can the buzzing of a wasp group, this is always a sign that a colony is growing quickly!
keep your HOME INTRUDER-FREE ALL YEAR-ROUND
If you happen to see Paper wasps or Yellow Jackets in your home, it’s important to remember that these uninvited yard guests may be feeding off of other insects and flies that could be infesting the inside of your home today. Treating these winged attackers could be your best bet to fighting other insect infestations such as ants, termites, bed bugs, flies, and more.
Priority Pest strives to not only eliminate the wasps in your home, but prevent them from ever coming back again. Which is why we make your home and families’ safety a top priority by providing ongoing, affordable, and effective pest control support, 24/7.
We recommend our homeowners to have their houses checked on a quarterly basis, with clear and professional help from one of our trusted and certified Priority experts. You have the option of choosing to be either at-home or away while our experienced team members inspect the home and provide you a customized plan designed specifically to make your home cleaner, safer, and protected from wasps for many months to come.
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