If you live in our Fenton service area, chances are good that you have seen wasps or seen a developing wasps' nest. It is also likely that you have had an unwanted encounter with wasps. Of all the stinging insects of spring and summer, wasps are the worst. They build nests both high and low. They invade outdoor cookouts. And they are able to sting multiple times without losing their stingers. Definitely not good insects to have around, right? Well, actually, those wasps can be beneficial. Wasps help to control dangerous arachnids like the brown recluse spider. They are helpful with pollination as well. While not nearly as good at pollinating plants as bees are, they still have an impact. So, it is good to have them around. As we talk about how we can protect our Fenton homes from wasps and bees, it is important to keep in mind that the goal is to allow these insects to be a benefit to us, without becoming a problem.
It is okay to have wasps or bees come into your yard. Most stinging insects are not going to sting when they are away from their nests. The nest protection instinct is why most stings occur. Of course, it is never a good idea to provoke a social insect like a yellow jacket or some species of bee. They can, and will, sting you.
Since nest protection can increase the chances of being stung, it is best to never let a stinging pest create a nest on your property. The way to do this is to perform routine inspections. These inspections are best accomplished by a licensed professional who not only has the education to properly locate nests but the resources to remove those nests with the least amount of impact to you, your pets, and everyone living in your home.
Reducing attractants is another key to protecting your home from wasps and bees. Some stinging pests eat sweets. Some eat meats. And some eat both. Here are some ways you can hide the food:
- Put exterior trash in sealed receptacles.
- Clean up around the grill after you've done some outdoor cooking.
- When in your backyard, keep foods covered or inside sealed containers until you're ready to eat them.
- Put caps on drinks to keep the sweet smells in and the stinging insects out. It is no fun being stung on the lip.
If you'd like assistance with managing stinging insects and other pests around your property, we'd like you to know that the team here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is one of the best in the business. Schedule a free, no-obligation pest inspection. It will give us a chance to meet and it will give you the opportunity to see what kind of pest pressures you have in your yard. Reach out to us today to get started.